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Trying a Dip Pen

Updated: Jun 8, 2021

For years I have been interested in learning calligraphy. Not just for how elegant it looks but for the process with dipping the pen into ink and perfecting the strokes needed to produce the writing. As a history buff, I wanted to learn to write with pen and ink like many others before my time. Someday I hope to try a real feather pen or even better create one and try it out.

So how did it go? Well, I did enjoy using the ink and pen. I need way more practice on how to correctly make letters properly. For the life of me I couldn't get a skinny up stroke followed by a thicker down stroke. As you can see below.

And how do you get a letter looking like this?

After a few hours I realized I needed more help and found myself looking at YouTube. I linked the website I looked at, at the bottom of the page. I also quickly realized that writing with ink can be a messy business - although I believe it is because I'm a newbie - and I have much more of an admiration for those who write with ink.

This is something I plan to continue to pursue and hopefully with practice I will be able to improve.

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I couldn't finish a post without sharing some history about the Pens. Click the link below to learn more about the history of this interesting writing instrument.

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Hi Sarah,

Thank for posting about calligraphy and the link on the beginnings of the pen! It was an interesting read. It got me to thinking about what the world would be like if we didn't have pens. I don't think our civilization would have come as far as it did. I couldn't imagine as a scientist or researcher having to remember everything I've done. I can barely remember yesterday. Lol Don't get me started on mathematics. It is truly an amazing invention that most of us take for granted. Best wishes with the calligraphy. It's all practice practice practice.... hopefully one day I'll receive a card with some beautiful writing. Tee hee, no pressure. ;)

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