Though I have been dabbling with some brush calligraphy here and there, what I really wanted to do (but was damn intimidated to) was pointed pen calligraphy. The idea of putting together nib to holder and dipping in ink to write sounds intriguing in the most delicious way. But I was hesitant to try it because (1) I did not have any of the supplies needed and (2) I am a leftie and the hobby doesn’t seem to be too friendly to those like me. Ink smudges on the sides of the hand, anyone? The struggle is real, people.
Anywho. I attended the Inks & Colors: Calligrafriends PH meet last Saturday and it was so much fun! Learned a lot from the resource speakers, and the loot…! It was more than awesome, really. Lookie here:
And part of what I took home was not just one, but two pointed pen sets! 😀 Among others, all participants each got a plastic straight holder, vintage nib (a Hiro 41 if I guessed correctly) and ink in our registration kits. And I actually lucked out on the raffle and got the pointed pen set from SEVEN DAYS OF WORK: that lovely oblique wooden holder, nib and jar of sumi ink!
Needless to say, I had more than enough reason to at least try this type of calligraphy. So yesterday I played around with the holders, nibs and inks. To my surprise (or not), it was both as hard and as easy as I expected. Confusing, right? I mean, assembling everything was easy but it took several tries for me to find a comfortable grip on the straight holder that would minimize ink-smudging.
The oblique holder is a whole ‘nother can of worms altogether though because it was made specifically for right-handed users. Again, #leftieproblems galore. For the sake of using it (sayang naman kung hindi, di ga?), I tried to make it work somehow. I tried using my left hand like usual, then with the paper turned 90 degrees clockwise. I even tried using my non-dominant right hand. Made my hand ache after all that writing, but I’m not complaining. Good news is I was able to actually write, which is really more than I expected of my trials. Haha. Low self-esteem much, eh? Whatever.
The green ink was actually watercolor from the Simbalion palette I also got from the kit. I obviously need a hell of a lot more practice before I can get better at this thing. But I’m optimistic that I can do a good job, hopefully sooner rather than later. With that in mind, let me just leave this trial artwork here.