Tag: brush pen calligraphy

Stormy, Stormy Night…

I love looking at calligraphy. My own handwriting is boring and block-y, and I’ve tried my hand at copperplate and Spencerian but I’m afraid that flowy, intricate calligraphy isn’t my strong suit. Yet. I think I need a whole lot more practice. I do enjoy another kind of calligraphy, though, and this one is right up my alley.

Psalm 91 written in uncial script.

Uncial script is a kind of writing that uses all capital letters. It’s said to have developed or evolved from Old Roman cursive. I find the simplicity of the letters, and the simple, round forms to be quite appealing. Many ancient manuscripts were written in some form of uncial script.

I was practicing my uncial calligraphy last night by writing down my favorite psalm, Psalm 91. I used Lamy Safari with a 1.5mm nib and J. Herbin’s Stormy Grey. I haven’t used Stormy Grey in a while, I almost forgot how cool it looks especially with wide nibs. When you shake that ink up, it really lays down sparkly lines. I also like that it’s a dark shade of grey, not an ambiguous black but real, slate grey. I only use it with Lamy nibs, though (yes, even fine nibs) because I’m too scared to use it with pens that are hard (or impossible) to take apart. Besides, I haven’t encountered an ink yet that can clog up a Lamy. A few close ups of the letter forms.

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Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-Guri and a Japanese Brush Pen


A thoughtful gift from my friend who recently came home from a trip to Japan. Sigh, Japan. Home of the Iroshizuku inks. Someday I’ll get to see you too, and I shall eat takoyaki in your streets with utter abandon. Haha.

Anyway, the ink! I don’t know all of the English equivalents of the ink colors so I thought that it was black. A closer look at the ink showed that it’s brown, though. Apparently, Yama-Guri means “Wild Chesnut”. It’s a beautiful addition to my brown inks, and I’ll write a review as soon as I get decent photos of the writing samples.

The brush pen is also fun to use. I don’t know why I find brush pen calligraphy a bit easier to manage than dip pens. The pen itself is beautiful, though. The texture and design was meant to look hand-painted. I love it.


Trying out Brush Pens

Calligraphy has always been a great frustration for me. I admire people who can make works of art with different kinds of pens. I resolved to learn at least one type of calligraphy and since dip pens aren’t working out so great with me, I decided to try brush pens.

Sailor Yubi Maki-e Brush Pen, a pretty package.

I bought a Sailor Yubi Maki-e brush pen from Create Crafts and tried my hand at brush calligraphy. The brush arrived today (ordered last Friday evening) and I dove right into it. I gotta admit that this is a bit easier for me than dip pens, it’s just a lot easier to control.


The pen itself it quite pretty. “Maki-e” is a technique where gold or silver dust is lacquered onto a surface. The resulting design and texture is really beautiful, especially with the black resin accentuating the glittery details.


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It’s a very light pen, and easy to use for long practice hours. I’m currently still using up the cartridge of black ink that came with it and I’m thinking about filling it up with a different color after I clean it. Perhaps some Stormy Grey or Apache Sunset.


It’s a bit easier for me to use this pen because the motions are more fluid and natural than when I use dip pens. The overall experience is just a lot better. I need a lot of practice but I think I’ll enjoy this pen a lot.


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