(Closed) DIY Calligraphy Advice Needed

posted 8 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
5761 posts
Bee Keeper

Most calligraphy pens come with several tips. It’s easier to practice with the one you like rather than having someone tell you. Some have a wider width and some are just too narrow for me. You shoud also practice on the paper you’re using to see if you need any  waiting time so the ink doesn’t smudge.

Post # 4
1580 posts
Bumble bee

That’s the calligraphy method I used and I think mine turned out wonderful (although I was less ambitious and used Monotype Corsiva).

I purchased a calligraphy pen at Michaels. I think it was around $6. Definitely get something with ink cartridges. In my opinion there is no need to waste effort on actually dipping a pen in ink. Sheaffer viewpoint is a popular brand, but anything with an ink cartridge will work fine (I don’t remember my brand, but it was probably whatever was cheap). I got a medium tip (which is just what came with my pen). You should try that out before purchasing others, but you may want to get something a little smaller because Edwardian is a little more intricate than mine was. The tip is not like a ballpoint. It has a flat edge at the tip. They key is to hold the pen at the right angle to get the best flow of the ink and the best calligraphy look.

Good luck!

Post # 5
454 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

i actually liked the way my invites came out with the dipped ink method better than using the markers that i bought. it looked cleaner and more like real calligraphy to me (i got tons of compliments on it too, so maybe that also boosted my esteem). i bought the cheap speedball nib set at michaels and some black ink. it took a little while to find which nib i liked most, but once i did it was really smooth sailing; i did all 93 envelopes in 3 days. you just have to make sure that you don’t dip the pen too far in the ink, i think if i did it again, i would put a mark on the pen to the level that it should be dipped to. also, make sure that you wash the nib before you use it. they oil them up and that can really cause a problem with how the ink flows. 

Troubleshooting a Calligraphy Dip Pen

this was the set i bought, if you’re interested. i used the second to last nib.


Post # 7
114 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

If you are doing a script font, you would need to use the kinds of pens that are for Copperplate. They are the pointed nibs instead of the ones that have a flat edge to them. I think the smallest one on the Speedball set is pointed so you would probably be able to use that. 

I’m DIY my calligraphy (tracing using a light box) but I chose to do the italic lettering because script is REALLY challenging with a dip pen. It looks so beautiful but it will be a lot of work. So, just be prepared that if you are going to go that route, it might take a lot more practice- even if you are just tracing over. 


Post # 8
283 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I got an “Elegant Writer” pen at michaels. It has a flat end like a caligraphy pen, but it’s more like a marker.  Don’t be alarmed! I was when I first opened it.  It was seriously a god-send.  Just hold it at a 45 degree angle and regular cursive looks absolutely beautiful and professional.  My sis called me when she got my invite to ask if I would address her invites too.

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