DIY Wedding Invitations: Calligraphy

Calligraphy is a perfect touch to any wedding, whether it’s featured on your invitations, seating plan or tags for your favours! Watch as Natasha shows us just how easy it is to master this, step by step!

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1. To make beautiful stationery for your wedding using Modern Calligraphy, you will need:
– An oblique calligraphy pen-holder such as this ‘Speedball’ pen
– A nib, (here I’m using a Japanese ’Nikko G’ nib)
– Some Higgins Eternal Black Ink
– Some card, ready-made place cards, or whatever it is you’d like to create :
– A pot of water and a piece of kitchen roll to wash your pen and clean up any spills
– A box of matches, to prepare your nib
– Washi tape, to keep the card in place

Assembling the pen: First of all, you will need to prepare your nib by passing it under a flame 2-3 times, to remove excess oils and make the ink flow smoothly. Once this is done, simply insert your nib into the slit at the tip of the penholder, making sure that the nib is parallel to your surface.

Holding the pen: Position yourself with a straight back and place both your arm and wrist flat on the table. The pen should naturally sit on your middle finger, with your fingers holding it about 1cm away from the end. Allow the other end of the pen to rest on your hand, rather than sitting upright, as this will allow for a more relaxed stroke and less snagging. The motion for calligraphy comes mainly from your arm, rather than your fingers, so don’t hold on too tightly. You will see that the pen sits naturally at an angle, but I tend to also have my paper at an angle too.

Writing: Now that your pen is ready, dip the nib into your pot of ink. You should dip it just enough to fill the vent that sits in the middle, and I usually then dab off any excess ink on the side of the pot.
Technique:The technique with calligraphy is all about applying and releasing pressure on the pen with your index finger, which in turn changes the width of the stroke. You will see that there are two little prongs called ‘tines’ at the end of the nib, which separate under pressure to let ink flow through. When you press down with pressure, the tines separate to create a thick line, whereas when you release, they spring back together and make a thinner line. It’s all about this transition.

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