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[Image: scattered on a handwoven mat, various calligraphy practice boards: iterations of baybayin ‘a’ in black ink; Gothic alphabet in pale blue watercolor; various stroke experiments; 'revolution’/'himagsikan’ in baybayin and Latin alphabets, colored gold, black, and red; an open calligraphy book.]

My desk isn’t big enough for painting so when I do paint or do brush calligraphy I usually end up doing it on the floor, hah. So messy! What is this! I wanted to practice my letters with a flat brush, and it is such a change from metal nibs – I was really struggling. Still, playing with a flat brush loaded with sumi ink is ridiculously fun. I should do more serious stuff soon, though.

In a reply to my previous post:

echeveria said: Thank you so much for your post on calligraphy! If you have the time and inclination to answer - may I ask how you clean your nibs? I just had a freakout about mine! (I have 2 metal nibs that attach to a plunger ink cartridge.)

I use water, a dedicated toothbrush, and mild liquid soap. Cleaners with ammonia (like window cleaner) are also recommended, but so far I haven’t needed them yet. I think the trick is to clean up as soon as you’re done, so the ink doesn’t have a lot of time to cake onto the nib. :)

Oh, and some links as a follow-up to yesterday’s post:

IAMPETH’s lessons in calligraphy in penmanship! How could I forget!

A huge compendium of type design and calligraphy artists, fonts, studios at Luc Devroye’s type design information page.

CyberScribes’ Pearls of Wisdom, a ton of very very useful advice.