How to Make a Nib Organizer

Let's kick off the new year getting organized! How many of you have more than a dozen nibs? How many of you like to share the nibs that you have? Perhaps you can use a nib organizer or a pretty way to gift nibs to your favorite calligraphy friend. I have designed this nifty nib organizer and will take you step by step in showing you how to make one (or more) for yourself or for gifting!

Topics Covered: 

  •  How to create a nib organizer
  • How to use the organizer 

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Materials Needed:

  • Printed Supplies List
  • Printed cutting and scoring templates
  • Cardstock and Designer / Scrapbooking paper / Marbled paper
  • Corrugated cardboard 
  • Utility knife
  • Scoring tool
  • Adhesive 
  • Printed sheets of the Kalli Camp Academy Class Notes for note taking or a notebook

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Weaver Writing Style

Advance your script repertoire with this whimsical unicase script. Weaver Writing contains only 26 letterforms! Rather than having minuscule and majuscule letters, it has one style of letter with a variable mix of classic "upper" and "lower" case.

This class builds on concepts taught in the Intro to Pointed Pen Uncial class, so we recommend taking that class first. It is found in our Class Archive, and Tier 2 members can access the class here.

Topics Covered:

How to Write in Weaver Writing Style

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Supplies:

  • Weaver Writing Guide Sheet from the handout printed on paper such as Gilbert Bond Practice Paper
  • Pointed Pen Nib Holder of your choice
  • Pointed Pen Nib (Nikko G or your favorite)
  • Ink, Pelikan 4001 Brilliant Black
  • Dinky Dip or other small ink well
  • Pencil
  • Padded writing...
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Creating Wax Seals and Tying Ribbons

My name is Allison McClanahan, and I am a calligrapher and stationer. For my wedding clients, I work with ribbon and wax seals which makes a piece of mail extra fun to receive. In this class, I’ll show you my favorite methods for creating wax seals and tying ribbons.  

Topics covered

  • Wax and sealing stamps sourcing
  • Ribbon sourcing
  • Gold marker brand
  • Wax seal formation--various methods and shapes with a focus on the glue gun method
  • Ribbon/wax seal combinations
    • opposite direction tails
    • same direction tails
  • Ribbon tying
    • knot
    • bow
  • How to keep your wax seal and ribbon from attaching to the paper

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Supplies

  • Sealing wax (I prefer glue gun sticks from Artisaire) 
  • Sealing stamps (shown in video: Artisaire, Elisa Anne Calligraphy, Hobby Lobby) 
  • Ribbon (I use...
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Burlap Calligraphy

In this class, you’ll learn:

  • How to letter on a tricky fabric surface, including tips for layout,
  • Pens used for writing on fabric surfaces,
  • How to avoid fraying and what to do if your fabric frays
  • Creative uses for lettering on burlap or other fabric pieces

After joining in on this class, you’ll be equipped to confidently handle projects on burlap surfaces! 

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Materials Needed:

  • Burlap or fabric of your choice (from the craft store or found around your home)
  • Tulip Fabric Marker or something similar
  • Tape
  • Chalk

Homework Challenge

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Instructor: Carrie Ellis

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Ink and Wash Part II

ink jane watercolor Oct 02, 2021

Welcome to Part II of the Ink and Wash Technique series. Ink and Wash (aka line and wash) is a fun way to quickly sketch a landscape scene or a street scene, or in this case, food. It can be as detailed or as loose as you want it to be. It can be just a few quick squiggles or lines to give the suggestion of a person, place, or thing. The idea is get something down on paper quickly and have it look effortless, opposed to labored. The wash part of the technique requires more water in the paint mix and then a series of drying and then laying down more wash to create a layered look to go from light to dark. 

Topics Covered

  • What can you do to make sure something looks like what it should look like
  • Sketching and painting tomatoes

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 Materials Needed

  • Waterproof or water-resistant ink and pointed pen or fountain pen (be sure to use ink that is made for...
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Ink and Wash

jane watercolor Aug 27, 2021

Ink and Wash (aka line and wash) is a fun way to quickly sketch a landscape scene or a street scene, or in this case, food. It can be as detailed or as loose as you want it to be. It can be just a few quick squiggles or lines to give the suggestion of a person, place, or thing. The idea is get something down on paper quickly and have it look effortless, opposed to labored. The wash part of the technique requires more water in the paint mix and then a series of drying and then laying down more wash to create a layered look to go from light to dark. 

Topics Covered

  • How and where to get started when using a large plate of food as your painting inspiration
  • Painting the carrots first and then inking them up
  • Sketching the carrots first and then adding color

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 Materials Needed

  • Waterproof or water-resistant ink and pointed pen...
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Foil Quill Pen Calligraphy

If you love the look of foil as I do, this class is sure to inspire you! Whether you want to add an elegant touch to personalize handmade cards, scrapbooks, journals, photos, gifts, home decor, and more, having the ability to foil your calligraphy is sure to be eye-catching to your recipients. This class will walk you through the steps of how to use the foil quill pen on various surfaces in several different projects. From cards to envelope addressing, to place cards and ribbon, I am excited about showing you how to add a personal touch with foil to your designs.

Want to join us for class? It's offered on-demand and available starting August 2, 2021 to enrolled students. Enjoy this video and printable worksheets right away!

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Supplies:

• Foil Quill Pen - We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill Freestyle Pen Note: be sure to get the Foil Quill Pen, as there is a cutting machine attachment called Foil Quill, which is used in Cricut,...

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Magic Centering Method for Calligraphy

Have you ever wished you could center your practice pieces without all the fuss of creating a layout? In this class I’m going to show you how to use an optical illusion to give your calligraphed passages the appearance of being centered, when in fact, very little actual centering is taking place.

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Supplies

Any supplies you have on hand will be perfect. I am including links to the supplies I prefer for your convenience. Many of these are available at John Neal, and I link to my supply page there for reference. Others are available at local arts and crafts supply stores, and I'm including affiliate links to some products on Amazon.

Pen and nib--See my supply list at John Neal for specific pen and nib recommendations

Ink--Moon Palace Sumi Ink

Paper--Canson Pro Layout Marker...

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Watercolor Leaves and Florals Pop-up Card

Make a splash of brightly colored leaves and florals to bring a little happy to your work space or send to someone else. We will start with a step-by-step process of creating each of these different designs with watercolors. You’ll learn some special techniques for painting florals, how to give them an extra sparkle with gold paint, and how to get a layered pop-up effect for a 3-D card that will wow the recipient.

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Materials Needed

Pop up dots

EK Success Cutter Bee Precision Scissors

Watercolor Paint Palette

Silver Brush Black Velvet Round Brush Size 6

Princeton Aqua Elite 4850 Synthetic Kolinsky Round Brush Size 6

Strathmore Watercolor Cards and Envelopes, Pack of 10, or

Strathmore Watercolor Cards and Envelopes, Pack of 50

Daniel Smith Watercolors

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Copperplate Foundational Strokes Critique

Copperplate calligraphy is a beautiful script, but for a beginner it can be quite challenging. In this class we will do a full micro-critique together, reviewing all of the foundational strokes of copperplate. Stroke-by-stroke and word by word we will review ways that you can use to improve your copperplate script.

Topics Covered

  • A full micro-critique of copperplate foundational strokes
  • Self-awareness tips

Want to join us for class? It's offered on-demand and now available in the class archive. Enjoy this video and printable worksheets today!

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 Materials Needed

  • Your choice of nib and nib holder
  • Ink of your choice
  • Pen to critique with (different color than your calligraphy ink) 
  • Your preferred set of guidelines (or Kalli Camp Academy calligraphy guidelines)--Visit Lanquach.com/guidesheet to create custom guidelines
  • Homework handout

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