I said on one of my previous posts that I've always liked different design aesthetics, modern, simple, vintage etc. and I also mentioned that after years of thinking I had to find one specific style, today I find this as an advantage to my business. This has allowed me to try different things in everything I do creatively. And of course this is something that applies to my lettering styles. I like to experiment with a variety of shapes, thicknesses, angles etc. Doing this also allows me to find different supplies that I feel comfortable working with. I will be sharing in the future a little more of all the supplies I use (including some products coming soon here to Papel & Co' shop). Today I am sharing my favorite calligraphy nibs how I use them for different lettering styles.
1. ZEBRA G
This is the nib I started using when I learned calligraphy. It is a great nib for beginners because it is flexible but also a little stiff for those thin/up strokes. I use this nib for lettering styles that a little on the bigger side, like the one on the picture. I love how you can achieve thin strokes that are just a hair thicker than the thin strokes you get with the Nikko or Tachikawa. I usually use this nib with an oblique holder but in some cases I use a straight pen; I notice overall my strokes look thicker when using the straight pen for this nib. If you want to see some samples of the lettering styles I currently offer you can go here. I use the Zebra G nib for these styles: Chamomile, Pum and Tulip.
2. NIKKO G
This is a nib that I initially didn't like. It is a little more on the stiff side which allows you to have control on the thickness of those down strokes. I specially like it to create thin lettering styles. It is also great for little details and flourishes because everything looks really delicate. I know a lot of people use this nib for styles more like Copperplate and traditional calligraphy. I wouldn't recommend this nib when doing lettering that is meant to be digitized. It could be just me, but I always find my self doing a lot of re-touching when I scan my designs using this nib. If you want to see some samples of the lettering styles I currently offer you can go here. I use the Nikko G nib for these styles: Bubbly, January and May.
3. TACHIKAWA G
I REALLY like this nib. I learned how to use a calligraphy pen learning modern calligraphy, which I love. But, I was always interested in learning Copper Plate calligraphy and more traditional styles. Learning these styles require a lot of practice. I initially started practicing traditional styles using a Nikko G and I found it extremely difficult to get that "full pressure" stroke which means having that straight line at the top and bottom of the stroke. When I switched to the Tachikawa G I was finally able to get the full pressure stroke. It is a firm nib but flexible enough to let you have a good contrast of thin and thick strokes. I extremely recommend giving this one a try. If you want to see some samples of the lettering styles I currently offer you can go here. I use the Tachikawa G nib for these styles: February and September.
4. BRAUSE ROSE
If you have ever tried using this nib you know this is a love-hate relationship. If you want to start using this nib you have to be patient at the beginning. It is not easy to get the ink flowing using this nib. I think it took at least 5 tries before I even saw ink on the paper. And when I say 5 tries I mean spending at least 30 minutes each time I tried. The good thing about trying those 5 times was that I figured out this nib actually gets better with time. I own 2 of these nibs, 2! And, one of them I've used for over 2 months. This nib is the best nib for modern, bouncy, free lettering styles. There is really no restrictions with the angles or curves of your strokes. You do however have to control the pressure you put on the nib. It is an extremely flexible nib and with time the up strokes become a little thicker, so you won't have a big contrast of thin and thick strokes. Once you get a hang of it you will love this nib. Just be patient and keep trying. One quick trick to get the ink flowing with this nib is to use a little thicker ink. I found that white ink worked good when I started using the brause rose. You can also leave the nib in water for 10-15 mins and after you take it out let it air dry. If you want to see some samples of the lettering styles I currently offer you can go here. I use the Brause Rose nib for these styles: December.