Caliken now has a DVD with video demonstrations of various calligraphic hands on his site, Decorative Lettering. He’s a pro, so if you’d like to see how it’s done, these demos may be just what you’re looking for!
The Incredible Nib is made of nylon acrylic fiber and comes in several nib shapes, i.e., deer foot, pointed, chisel edged, etc. I have the latter. Before use, one wets the nib and the nib will wick up liquid but doesn’t get soft and mushy like a sponge does. Some of the suggested uses are blending paints, lifting out, applying frisket, gouache, acrylic, and fabric paint. When I needed an easy to mail gift for my daughter, it occurred to me that a personalized tote bag would be ideal. I used “the nib” to apply pearlescent acrylic paint when lettering on the now very washed out tote bag shown below. The rose was also done with this paint. (Not all of the lettering was done with this “pen”.) The Incredible Nib can be sharpened or reshaped with sandpaper. I tried to reshape the small end of mine, but as I recall didn’t get it the way I wanted it. You can see that I somehow bent it in the process in the photo below. This tool can be found at Dick Blick, Pearl Art Supply, MisterArt and other places.
Well, really, it’s a Clairefontaine staple bound notebook. The company makes a variety of journals, but their notebook pictured here works well for me. It’s $6.oo, and the fountain pen friendly paper is a joy to write on!
I doubt–in fact, I know I’m not the only one that wishes that my pens that are worth a little more wrote as well as some of the el cheapo pens write. The two silver pens pictured below are the only silver pens that I have, neither of which have been star performers.
The Waterman is a family pen which I’ve had restored to pass along in the family. The Parker, which I bought in the 1970s, sat in my drawer for 25 years. I’m using it again now, occasionally, but it is finicky about it’s ink diet. It likes Lamy Turquoise, but I’m trying to coax it to try for a more balanced diet!