Tools And Materials

You may believe that tools and materials for calligraphy writing is relatively expensive and the tools needed are obscure and hard to find, but this is not the case.  You can start by using a simple biro and plain cartridge paper!

Understanding Calligraphy Pens

Once you really get into serious calligraphy writing though, you may need more specialist craft materials.  The most important tool is a good quality calligraphy pen.  Calligraphy pens come in many guises, such as dip pens or cartridge pens.  You will notice that calligraphy pens have a nib, which has a wedge shaped broad head.  You can buy a range of square cut roundhand nibs from size 0 to 6.  Size 0 is the broadest size and size 6 is the finest size.  You can also buy poster pen nibs, which are even broader, from size 18, 19 and 20. 

Other Materials For Calligraphy

You will need a clean, soft rubber or eraser, a sharpened HB or 2H pencil, a steel metric ruler, non-waterproof Indian inks, scissors and some good quality paper or that does not allow ink to bleed or smudge.

What About Calligraphy Paper

It is important to choose paper that does not allow the calligraphy ink to run or bleed.  You can buy fine quality, where the surface is hot pressed, meaning it is of the smoothest quality and most popular.  Do not buy rough paper that has not been pressed, as it will allow the ink to blot and bleed.  You will also need some layout paper to practice on.


What Materials Do I Need To Write Colorful Calligraphy

To write in color, you can use non-waterproof Indian black ink or Chinese ink.  If you would like to write in different colors, use gouache paint mixed with a little water. Mix it well with a paintbrush until the paint resembles the consistency of thin cream.  Feed the paint mixture into the reservoir (the underside of the nib) of the calligraphy pen.  Gouache paint gives the effect of opaqueness.  If you would like to have a translucent effect, use, mix watercolor paint with a little water and use the same way.

The Writing Board

Buy a good wooden board or a desk easel so you can lean your work on the surface.  When using the board, ensure you are sitting comfortably and the board is sitting at about 45-degree angle for maximum ink flow.  To make a soft work surface, tape some paper on the board so it is padded.  Use bulldog clips to fix your calligraphy paper on top of the padded board, to ensure the paper is held in place and kept clean while you write.