Nib Calligraphy Basics: Tools, Techniques, and Timeless Art

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Curious about nib calligraphy but not sure where to start? This Nib Calligraphy for Newbies class is your perfect introduction. Learn about the essential supplies you’ll need, how to properly prep your nib for its first use, and the basics of creating strokes that form the backbone of this elegant art form.

Ideal for beginners, this class is designed to demystify the process and provide you with the knowledge and confidence to start practicing your own calligraphy with ease. We’ll explore the various tools and techniques in a friendly, supportive environment, ensuring you leave with a solid understanding of the basics.

Don’t miss this opportunity to add a personal touch to your invitations, greeting cards, or simply to enjoy the art of beautiful writing. Register now using the button and you’ll also receive access to a replay of the event to revisit the lessons whenever you want.

What You Will Learn:

  • Historical context and significance of nib calligraphy
  • Types of nib holders: straight and oblique
  • Selection and care of calligraphy nibs
  • Inks suitable for nib calligraphy
  • Ideal paper types for smooth writing
  • Preparation and maintenance of nibs
  • Proper technique for holding the pen
  • Basic calligraphy strokes: downstrokes and upstrokes
  • Techniques for consistent and smooth lettering
  • Practical demonstrations of name lettering
  • Cleaning tips for nibs after use

Supplies You’ll Need:

  • Flexible calligraphy nib (I’m using Hiro Leonardt No. 41 and Brause Steno Nr. 361 Blue Pumpkin)
  • Black India Ink (I’m using Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bombay India Ink)
  • Oblique Pen Holder
  • HP Premium Paper (same one used for Letter Fest)
  • Dinky Dips or Small Inkwell
  • Dish soap & water
  • Paper towel or rag
  • Pencil & Ruler (for making grid lines)
  • Opt. Lightbox
  • Opt. Laser level
  • Opt. Pipette

Meet Your Instructor:

Shelby Abrahamsen

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This Is A Live Class Replay:

This is an edited replay of a Foxsy Live Class. If you’re interested in interacting directly with instructors, check out the upcoming Live Class schedule.

What’s In This Class?

  • 1 Video
  • Tips and Tricks
  • Self-Paced

Course Level: Beginner
Run Time: 54 minutes

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Posted 2 days ago
Awesome and informative! (Anonymous Student)

Awesome and informative!

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Avatar Darren Hasse
Posted 2 days ago
Shelby delivered a "perfect introduction" to nib calligraphy for newbies as promised.

Shelby delivered a "perfect introduction" to nib calligraphy for newbies as promised. She knows her stuff and engages with participants in a fun way. Her presentation and explanation of tools and techniques were refreshingly non-technical and geared for beginners. Great job!

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