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How to use Finetec Colour Pans for Calligraphy

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How to use Finetec Colour Pans for Calligraphy

Or ...Falling in Love with Metallic Ink WARNING: Reading this post will make you want to write everything in metallic. Stop now, if you wish to stay matte. I think it's fair to say that metallic inks rock my world. I LOVE them. There is just something about that little bit of shine glinting off paper that is divine. Don't you agree? So, my obsession is assisted by Finetec with their incredible metallic colour pans -- golds, silvers, colours... sigh... I've just made up my own tray using Golden Orange, Rose, Blue Green, Blue Silver & Black Pearl. It's a bit of a...

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DIY Calligraphy Tripod for Mobiles

DIY Calligraphy Tripod for Mobiles

I know there are more of you out there than just me who have knocked over, whacked, shaken or nearly blinded yourselves trying to film what you are writing. Aren't there?? In an effort to get a great angle to film my work, I did a little McGyvering (we're talking old school McGyver, not this fluffy haired new chap) with an old Ikea desk light and a c&c (that's "cheap and cheerful") mobile tripod. It's AWESOME! And given the pieces were just lying around, cost me nothing. I love that. The best part is with the desk clamp element of...

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Calligraphy Makes you Smarter -- Here's How...

Calligraphy Makes you Smarter -- Here's How...

A few weeks ago, the very clever Jon Teo and I got to chatting about  the neuroscience of calligraphy. I know... I know... I get a bit nerdy about this topic, but it's just SO interesting! And I love the idea that doing something I love is making me smarter.  So, Jon offered to write an article for us about just how this happens. A huge thanks to Jon Teo for this great article. Make sure you follow him and his luscious feed on IG @the_beautiful_brain .     Handwriting, Learning, and Memory by Jonathan Teo As we advance into a technological age,...

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Ugh... Rusty nibs!

Ugh... Rusty nibs!

Anne Taylor, calligrapher extraordinaire from Adelaide and I were chatting about old nibs the other day. As a serial offender of using my Leonardt Principals until they have can-can legs like a showgirl, I asked if she wouldn't mind writing a few words about when it's time to change our your nib. So, without further ado, I leave you to the fabulous Anne and her pearls of wisdom... Recently at a workshop someone commented that a nib which they had didn't seem to be the same size as someone else's, even though they were marked the same.  When I investigated it, this...

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How Deliberate Practice Will Make You a Better Calligrapher

How Deliberate Practice Will Make You a Better Calligrapher

Practice makes perfect... and it's true, but the kind of practice you are practicing makes all the difference in the world.  Practicing without intention is a bit like watching "Keeping up with the Kardashians": it's there, but nobody needs to be home upstairs in order to do it. I'm certainly guilty of blithely scribbling along sometimes, and while that style of practice has it's own benefits (active meditation, relaxation, tuning out...), it's not going to make you a better calligrapher.   Deliberate Practice is the act of putting pen to paper and analysing your strokes to see what is working and...

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