With the start of a new month, comes a fun page filled with variations for writing February in pointed pen calligraphy!
These styles are based on scripts from yesteryear – those of Copperplate and Spencerian. I mixed gouache to create pretty colors or bright pink and purple. If you’re new to gouache, I recommend Winsor & Newton. You can find a collection of colors here on Amazon. I like using small 1oz. Nalgene containers to mix ink (bought at the Container Store!). You’ll need to add a drop or two of gum arabic to help the ink stick to the paper and have that nice feel that is slightly raised off the page once dry.
As always, I recommend practicing on very smooth lined paper. I enjoy the quality paper that you’ll find with the Rhodia tablets.
I use the Nikko G nib. It’s quite sturdy and should last you hours upon hours of delightful writing. Usually I can address about 60-70 envelopes before needing to start a new one. Be sure to wipe it off with Windex first to remove protective finish on the nib. My wooden pen holder was made by Heather Victoria Held.