You may encounter many problems before you even start writing calligraphy.  However, do not give up, there are always solutions to common problems.  Here are a few common problems with solutions:

The Ink Will Not Flow Out OF The Pen

When you start to write with a fountain pen or a cartridge pen, you may find that the ink does not flow immediately through the pen onto the paper.  To solve this, try to tap the pen lightly on some scrap paper and shake it downwards to encourage the ink to flow.  If this does not work, unscrew the pen to expose the cartridge.  Gently squeeze the cartridge until the ink can be seen bubbling out of the nib.  Take care of your calligraphy pens and they should last for years.  If you are not going to use your calligraphy pen for a long time, clean it before putting it away.  Remove the cartridge and clean the pen by running water through the pen until the water runs clear in the nib.  Once you have cleaned the pen, allow it to dry.


Poor Paper Quality

Paper can cause problems before you even start to write calligraphy.  If you paper allows the ink bleed or smudge, you may need to change the paper quality to a more suitable type for calligraphy work.  The best paper for writing calligraphy is a high-grade artist cotton paper or hot pressed watercolour paper.  The paper allows the ink to glide without bleeding and to dry without smudging.  If you would like a more ‘textured’ look, try using paper that has a rougher texture for a rustic look.


Poor Concentration

 If you feel you are having a bad day with writing calligraphy and you are not pleased with your calligraphy writing, you may be tired or not in the mood.  Leave your project until another day when you are more refreshed.  Distractions can be another problem, for example a noisy television or distracting music.  Some people can work well with noise but if you are one of those people, who struggle to concentrate with distractions, turn the TV or radio off to allow you to concentrate on your work.  Try to clear your mind before starting a project.


It can take time to get the hang of learning how to write professional looking calligraphy.  Be patient and your calligraphy work will look good in time.  The most common problem for beginners is holding the calligraphy pen at the wrong angles or inconsistent letter spacing. This can make the calligraphy look amateurish but in time, it will improve.