Creative Calligraphy Challenge!

Hi there!

If you're reading this, I'm going to go out on a limb and assume that you love paper products and are creative in some way. If you like the fine art of writing beautifully, this post will make your heart soar.

My friend Michelle over at Elegance and Enchantment created this wonderful creative challenge for 2015. Each month has a different theme to get your creative juices going. Some of the prompts have been watercolor, drawing, knitting and there are still more such as mixed media and collage, oil painting, pottery, photography, and even dessert decorating! You can check out the full list of themes and the introduction to the Creative Challenge here.

The theme for mid-June to mid-July is calligraphy! Calligraphy is one of those mediums I've recently fallen in love with this year and I'm excited to jump in, see everyone's work and improve on my own skills. The calligraphy challenge is from June 12th to July 10th. There are still about three weeks left to dive into the challenge.

This challenge is great because it reminds you to get back in tune with your creative spirit. I know that I have fallen away from a lot of the creative meanderings in my life such as drawing and painting, therefore this challenge is a lovely reminder to help me actually create things with my hands!

If you're a fellow creative or someone who wants to get more in tune with their creative side, definitely check out the Creative Challenge.

Here are some supplies and resources to help get you started if you're interested in calligraphy.


- A pen holder. There are two types: a straight pen holder and an oblique pen holder. I prefer the oblique as it allows you to hold the pen holder at a deeper angle giving you those thick strokes that calligraphy writing is known for.

Speedball oblique and straight pen holders

- Nibs. The Nikko G is recommended for beginners. I haven't tried that one yet, as my local art supply store is usually sold out of it. I guess that means more and more people are getting into calligraphy. :) There are two types of nibs: Italic and flex nibs. Jetpens has a fantastic overview of nib types here.

- Ink.

Sumi ink and Noodler's black are the inks I have tried for calligraphy, both are good. Sumi ink is a popular choice among calligraphers, as it is smooth and a joy to use. Noodler's is a fountain pen ink that is wonderfully fluid and one of my favorites.

- Paper.

Rhodia paper is hard to beat. Their paper quality is amazing and inexpensive. I like their dotpad because I'm crazy about dot grid anything and everything.

 -A pair of needle nose pliers. These will be useful to insert and remove the nib from the pen.

- Some sort of cup with water to clean your nib in between writing. A paper towel will be useful to dry your nib off with.

- Possibly a little caddy of some kind to corral these goodies. I use the top of a round gift box.

- And an alphabet that you want to practice with. You can look these up online. I'm using the Copperplate script alphabet that came with a nib set. Spencerian script is another popular alphabet.

Those are the basics. If you find out that you just absolutely love calligraphy, then maybe buy some nicer looking pen holders and some cool nibs to try out.

Now you're ready to get started!


Check out Michelle's post on the Creative Calligraphy Challenge for June-July here.

Join the Elegance and Enchantment Creative Challenge group on Facebook to share your beautiful calligraphy creations, get feedback and learn from one another. The community on Facebook is also great because we get to chat with each other and encourage each other.

Join Instagram and post your creations with the hashtag #EECreativeChallenge and explore that hashtag to see what everyone else has come up with. 

Get a basic foundation for calligraphy. I watched every video on this youtube playlist about the basics of calligraphy from OpenInkStand Art & Calligraphy's channel on Youtube. She's great and does a comprehensive job for the basics.

Here's a beautiful beginner's guide to modern calligraphy.

There are all types of calligraphy such as italic calligraphy with regular cartridge-filled pens, Chinese water calligraphy, watercolor calligraphy, brush pen calligraphy, etc. I just wanted to share the most common type of calligraphy with a pen holder and nib and the tools for it (as far as I know). If you're interested in brush pen calligraphy, Piecescalligraphy is a great resource to learn more about it, check it out here.

I hope you'll join along!

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