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My Calligraphy Wishlist

Since starting my calligraphy journey last August, I’ve already grown my stock of calligraphy supplies. I think it’s inevitable for an aspiring calligrapher like me not to hoard any of the available calligraphy tools around. Since I love working with color, I possibly have all the colors I would need to last me for a few years. The only colors I don’t have are some metallics and a few solids that I don’t think I would find a use for. Other materials though are way over my budget and some cannot be purchased locally. Hence, the need for a wishlist. Who knows? I might have some generous benefactor around who might sponsor my quest to improve on my calligraphy skills. :P

Cher’s Calligraphy Wishlist

  • Zig Clean Color Brush Pen Markers

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I’ve just recently discovered that I have a decent skills with brush pen lettering. This is why I’ve been picking up brush pen markers more so for practice nowadays than a dip pen. The best brush pen out there are the Zig brand, which unfortunately, I don’t have. :( It’s currently hard to come by. I do wish I could get my hands on one of these someday. Current local suppliers who carry these either by pre-order of as long as stocks last are – Create by True Love Found and Swirls and Strokes PH. Continue reading

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The First Ever Pen Meet Manila for Calligraphy Enthusiasts

When I re-discovered my love for calligraphy last August, I was surprised at how large the community of calligraphers in the country is. It’s thriving and growing in numbers each day! The enthusiasm is contagious and since then, I’ve gone on a creative path of mastering the skill with each passing day. I’ve gone to growing my calligraphy supplies (which deserves another blogpost, or several in itself) and I’ve also attended my first calligraphy workshop. I’ve also connected with a lot of people on Instagram which has a very active calligraphy community as well. It has become my endless source of inspiration.

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My Pen meet calligraphy kit

 

I was also very lucky to see the announcement for the first ever Pen Meet in Manila as organized by Sienne Lim, also known as inkcatcher. I was so eager to sign up that I must have registered within 10 minutes of seeing that announcement. Then I eagerly marked the 25th of October on my calendar to block it off.

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Quotes & Calligraphy

After more than a month of calligraphy, I think I’ve finally developed my own style of writing. Thanks to the writing exercises in highschool and some new things I’ve learned recently, my hand is more comfortable in writing in cursive. I’m posting some calligraphy practices I’ve done in the past weeks. These are varied quotes from books,from wise men and lyrics. Take a look and please do comment on areas I need to improve.

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Quote from the novel, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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Calligraphy Practice and Weekend Art

The long weekend is now over and it’s looking soo far off to December when the breaks for the holidays begin. I spent the long weekend out of town on Saturday and then the remaining days catching up on Marvel Agents of Shield and doing some calligraphy works. Here are some new words I’ve added up to my Positive words series project on Instagram.

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My La Bella Scrittura Calligraphy Workshop

I was backtracking on my Instagram feed trying to see when I had started my calligraphy journey once again. I can’t hardly believe that it’s only been a month and yet, I’m really proud of the progress I’ve made, the tools I’ve acquired and the friends I’ve gained. This new hobby is fast becoming a passion and since starting with it 4 weeks ago, I wanted to at least attend a formal workshop to see if I’ve been using the correct techniques while studying on my own.

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I’m relieved to see that I’m on the right track but the workshop provided invaluable tips from the teachers. These are the things that you can only get once you’ve practiced calligraphy for quite some time. Here are my random thoughts about my first La Bella Scrittura Workshop.

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My Positive Words Series for Calligraphy

My calligraphy journey is well underway and I’ve been doing my Copperplate drills around 4 times a week. I’ve also started to document my progress and works on my Instagram account. Recently, I wanted to make my hobby and my practice more meaningful. So in an effort of exploring more calligraphy styles while at the same time infusing some more creative artistic elements, I’ve decided to start a series of calligraphy posts that feature positive words. Each day, I try to post one positive word on my Instagram account. Take a look at what I’ve come up with as of now.

Positive Word #1

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Brause Calligraphy Pen Review

About a few weeks ago, I bought myself a Brause Calligraphy Pen from Scribe, which is a local pen and art store, to try out. What I got had a broad nib at 2.3mm. At first glance, I wasn’t too crazy that it just had a plain black casing with an orange tip. I want my pens to be a bit more attractive. :)

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However, since it was relatively cheap and could hold J. Herbin ink cartridges, I figured it was worth a try. Here’s a closer look at its tip. Again, it’s pretty simple, no intricate engravings and such. Continue reading

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A Productive Calligraphy Week

It has been a productive week of calligraphy for me. Here are some practices using a broad nib with some of my newly purchased inks. I hope to be able to post some copperplate practices soon. I have been doing some drills regularly for the entire week and I’m happy to see that I’m slowly improving my technique. Hooray!

 

Here’s a quote from The Book Thief using a Brause Calligraphy pen and J.Herbin Violete Pensee Ink. I drew in the stylized rose using markers.

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Wise Words & Calligraphy

It was about five years ago when I was betrayed by the man I loved. I had been cheated on by a boyfriend before but the pain I felt was different. It ate at me. I wallowed in pain and misery. I also knew myself well enough that I would never be the same again. I guess that’s what real love does to you. Well, setting the drama aside. As I’ve embarked on my calligraphy journey, I found myself writing more and more life quotes. I’ve even set aside a notebook for keeping quotes there as reference for future calligraphy projects.

The latest one that I’ve used had very few words and yet it had a very deep meaning. It affected me so much because it made me remember those dark feelings of betrayal. Here’s the quote. Continue reading