I recently attended a beginner calligraphy workshop with Hawaii Calligraphy, a local calligraphy company that provides services for invitations, unique accessories (and other wedding related services like table numbers, escort cards), as well as laser cut decor/accessories.  I had been casually browsing the internet for online calligraphy classes and came across this one!

After this experience, I can definitely say that I have a new appreciation for calligraphers!  This is a skill that must be patiently practiced – you can’t rush this art form!

Calligraphy is something that I had been dying to learn for a long long long time!  I don’t really know where it started, but I was always fascinated with fancy handwriting, even as a child.  I remember picking up a “learn on your own” type calligraphy book, but couldn’t wrap my head around how to actually practice this art form.  It was frustrating!

What I really liked about this class is that everything was made simple – all of the necessary tools were provided:

  • apron
  • walnut ink
  • oblique nib holder
  • Nikko G nib
  • Layout Bond paper pad
  • instruction guide

I hadn’t even heard of these tools before.  I was so thankful that someone was there to walk me through the process.  Had I tried to teach myself, I’m sure I would have wastefully bought all the wrong materials.  🙁

If you’re brand new to calligraphy, the nib holder and nib are basically the pieces that make your calligraphy “pen”.  I didn’t even know the pen tip was called a “nib” before this class!  (That’s how new this whole thing is to me!)  In short, you connect the holder and the nib, then dip the nib into the jar of ink.  Basically, it looks like a fountain pen except you don’t have a cartridge of ink to supply you with ink.  You’ll need to continue to dip the nib into ink throughout writing and be mindful of how many letters you can write with the amount of ink on the nib.

WHEW!  As if that isn’t enough thinking!

Here’s where I totally nerd out – I had no idea that as you press the nib to the paper, the nib separates in order to create thick or thin lines, depending on how hard you press the nib to the paper.  *mind blown*

The rest is practice and muscle memory to get accustomed to the proper technique – angle of the paper and how you hold the “pen” in your hand, how much pressure to apply to the nib as you write (lighter handed on upward strokes), learning how many letters you can write after dipping the nib into ink, etc.

Now, I’m definitely not a pro at this after a couple of months, but I hope to find more time in my busy schedule to practice this wonderful art form and maybe I can slowly get better!  [And be brave enough to post pictures periodically on Instagram!]

I would highly recommend this event if you’re looking for a fun, unique activity with close friends or family.  This would be a perfect girl’s day out or maybe a unique, low key bridesmaid activity.  It is a bit pricey, so I did end up attending this workshop on my own – it was hard for me to ask friends to commit to something like this, but hey!  If you’ve got people who are also really interested and willing to tap into their funds to take a class like this, why not?!

Are you interested in a calligraphy?  Or already a pro calligrapher?  Let me know in the comments below!  I’d love to hear about experiences in learning or tips that you might have for me!  Oh, or even recommendations on nibs to try or your favorite ink!

Thanks for stopping by!

Shelly at Simple Casual Chic

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