It is hard to imagine that proportions are of any importance in writing. After all, those foolscap we used in school only come with a single line height per pad (ie 0.7cm spacing between every horizontal line). *Read more about the origins of the term "Foolscap Paper" at the end of this post!Read More
I have just emerged from my metaphorical jungle of Youtube videos. For the sake of humanity, I have watched countless videos on "how to use a pointed pen".
While most of these videos are comprehensive and well thought of, they all seem to fly over one point that I think is quite important—when it comes to creating shades, they instruct the viewer to "push down" or "add pressure".
That is technically correct. However, we have to take into account that most calligraphy beginners would have been using ball point pens.Read More
For those who are looking to start learning calligraphy, getting tools always seems like a task which is nearly impossible. Regular bookshops don't stock them and specialized stores often have too little description on products to help beginners get the correct tools. Everything you need to know about nibs is covered in this post.Read More
As a calligrapher in Singapore, I often have to meet clients to show them samples of work and to get a feel of what they like and dislike.
It is no secret that calligraphers in Singapore are a rare bunch, and it is often the first time these clients are speaking to a calligrapher. Hence, this question is bound to pop up during the first few minutes of conversation:
“I saw your beautiful work! I love it! Did you learn calligraphy yourself?”Read More
I often try to encourage students to practice calligraphy on their own. Just as often, I receive replies that "Copperplate is too difficult" or "traditional scripts are impossible".
So was learning calligraphy easy for me at the beginning?Read More
I am usually very quiet when it comes to calligraphy tools, as there is absolutely nothing wrong in experimenting with new tools such as pens, inks, paper. In general, I do not support one brand over another, and believe that all brands have their own merits.
However, an incident over the weekend changed my stance on this.Read More