As an average blue-collar worker in a sleepy city, my days are not exactly filled to the brim with all sorts of exciting activities. While I do have my share of kinda remarkable days, most weeks I struggle to find anything of value to write on my BuJo. I admit though that I have been kinda slacking off since last month. Since then I have not done any lettering challenges or such. Add to that the fact that I now have a separate art journal, and my little BuJo is left on a semi-dry spell.
But the truth is I don’t really have to try hard to write anything. With regards to my BuJo, I am accountable to nobody but myself so if I don’t have anything to put in, then so be it. And that really is the beauty of the bullet journal. As personalized and as customized as it is, thus it is subject to the whims and fancies of its specific users. It could be as simple or as complicated as you wish it to be. So it could go from jam-packed with colors and activities one week, then all monochromatic minimalist the next. The important thing is to just keep writing, somehow. 😉
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: