Calligraphy supplies and tools

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Here is a look at my favourite tools – it’s actually 90% of my calligraphy stash. The other 10% being spare nibs, paper (for practice and actual calligraphy work) and cleaning solution for my nibs. I don’t have any intentions of adding more to my stash, especially the holder and inks. This is mainly because I work primarily with just two nibs and for me, two holders is more than enough. With inks, even though I love working with colour, I enjoy the look and feel of walnut ink; it’s my to-go ink and I work with it almost all the time. (While black Sumi is nice, I hate the smell and what it does to my nibs!) …

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Picking up the brush again

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I picked up journaling around middle of last year, just before our family trip back to France. Initially, my style was text-heavy with little to nearly zero illustrations or doodles. I was thoroughly convinced that I was not a very visual person. My artwork lacked depth and composition. Well, it still does. I don’t consider myself an artist.

Our travel back to France saw us going to really gorgeous places and enjoying familiar foods. I took tonnes of pictures but putting them all into a journal wasn’t going to work. Doodling was a nice way of capturing these images and plonking them next to text. It made things readable and more importantly, I didn’t have to spend too much time thinking of things to write. …

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