When you live in the province away from dedicated arts supplies store.. you gotta improvise if the material you want is unavailable. In this case, it’s calligraphy ink. I have a coupla small jars of sumi ink but given their non-availability in my immediate vicinity, they seem far too precious to waste on practice and drills. But I need ink to practice anyway, so what do I use?
Like I said in my previous post, I won a lovely pointed pen set during the Inks & Colors: CPH Meet. Included were an oblique wooden nib holder, a Blanzy-France Sergent-Major Superieure 2500 nib, and a jar of sumi ink. The whole set was generously sponsored by SEVEN DAYS OF WORK, a Las Piñas-based supplier of affordable hand-crafted nib holders. Check out some of their gorgeous works:
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:
In the spirit of bullet journaling, I bought several Muji-inspired A5 notebooks online: two (2) dotted and one (1) blank. Truth be told, it was more of a panic buy since each notebook costs only P50 and stocks sell out out really fast. I have a feeling other (re)sellers get notebooks (and maybe other products too?) from them, then resell them at a pretty steep markup. I’ve seen the same notebooks being sold for up to P150 each, imagine? But that is neither here, nor there, nor is it really any of my business. Anywho. I decided to use the blank one as an art journal, seeing as I don’t have a lot of space for my creative pursuits in my Starbucks bullet journal.