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Saturday, January 4, 2014

shopping | calligraphy kits


It was very tempting to try my hand at it throughout the year, but I dabbled in it a bit when I was still in art school so I knew I was terrible at it! Though now that I read more about the artform maybe it was the fault of inappropriate and low-quality supplies? ... Anyways, instead of picking up my old pen holder and assorted nibs I consoled myself with beautiful fountain pens, and that's the closest I've come to old-world penmanship. I'm sure many have felt the same throughout the year, looking at the beautiful letterforms of those talented few.

But something had changed come November - had you noticed? - Calligraphy kits by renowned calligraphers exploded! Suddenly it looked like come 2014 even left-handed beginners could write a beautiful quote in a signature calligraphic style. And all we needed was a curated kit of nibs, tips, and alphabet guides. Bring it on!

I collected here calligraphy kits for beginners that I've coveted: each from a renowned calligrapher, with their favorite tools and clear instructions on how to master letter-forms. The price points differ, but in the end I think it comes down to whose calligraphic style you want to learn:

INK & BELLE's Maybelle Calligraphy workshop in a box | SOLD OUT
Comes in a cardboard box. Includes 1 letterpress alphabet guide, 1 pen holder, 1 nib, 1 pot of black ink, 1 personalized wood pen rest with glass vial inkwell, 10 sheets of practice paper and lined guide paper.

Comes in a muslin bag. Includes 1 alphabet guide, 1 pen holder, 1 nib, 1 pot of black ink, instructions & tips to start practicing.

EMILIE FRIDAY's B&W starter kit | $35 (a cheaper version with black ink only is also available)
Comes in a cardboard box. Includes 1 alphabet guide, 1 pen holder, 1 nib, 1 pot of white ink & 1 pot of black ink, assorted calligraphy samplers, 1 instructions sheet and practice paper.


Kit includes 2 letterpress alphabet guides, 1 pen holder, 2 nibs, 1 pot of black ink, 18 pages instruction book and practice sheets (additional instructions for left-handed students).

Comes in a cardboard box. Includes 3 alphabet guides, 8 lettering guides, 1 nib holder, 3 nibs, 18 pages instructions book and practice sheets.



ANTIQUARIA's starter kit | $55
Comes in a cardboard box. Includes 1 alphabet guide, 1 oblique pen holder, 2 nibs, 1 pot of black ink, 1 practice notebook.


LH CALLIGRAPHY's starter kit | $60
Comes in a cardboard box. Includes 3 alphabet guides, 1 pen holder (oblique pen holder for right-handed students; straight pen holder for left-handed students), 3 nibs, 1 pot of black ink, 1 pot of white ink, 1 personalized practice journal, 3 sheets of vellum tracking paper, 3 sheets of gridline practice paper, instructions & tips to start practicing.



MON VOIR's starter kit | $60
Comes in a cardboard box. Includes 1 alphabet guide, 1 oblique pen holder, 2 nibs, 1 pot of black ink, 1 practice journal.

ASHLEY LURCOTT's The Lettered Bride calligraphy kit | $65
This is a beginner's kit marketed to brides who want to DIY their own wedding stationery. Comes in a cardboard box. Includes 1 pen holder, 2 nibs, 1 ink pot (specify if want black / white / gold ; can buy additional ink colors), instructions book with alphabet variations, pen care instructions, envelope addressing layout ideas, and practice sheets.
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2 comments

  1. So nice! Did you order one of them? I wish I would have some spare time for trying calligraphy...

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  2. Aren't they?:) Unfortunately I don't have the time to practice so I can't justify spending money on those kits, but boy the minute I learn to manage my time better I plan on picking this up and practicing. In the meantime I do my best with some old nibs I have looking at reference photos and video tutorials online.

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