3 Common Calligraphy Issues and How to Overcome Them

Oh boy, can I relate to this topic y’all. As a self taught calligrapher, I encountered just about every hiccup you could imagine in my calligraphy journey. Ink blob in the middle of your project? Check. Little to no variation in your strokes? Check. Finally got my ink flowing but now it’s bleeding all over my paper? Check and check. I’m here to help you troubleshoot these common issues for all of us embarking on the adventure of modern pointed pen calligraphy.

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Pass the Pie.

As we move in to the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I am taking a moment to make a list of all of the things I want to savor this year. Ways to soak in the holiday spirit, give back to my community, and be more thoughtful in my gift giving. I’ve created a festive template to write down all of my holiday wishes, and I am sharing it here with you as a free download.

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Thankful.

If you have been following along, you know that I recently took the plunge from pursuing The Scribblist as a side hustle to my full time gig. I shared openly about the struggles I faced and the reality of the emotional toll rejection can take on you. Today, as I sit here next to my fluffy, scruffy faced pup and take inventory of this season, I am feeling so very thankful.

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The 5 Supplies You Need to Get Started With Modern Calligraphy

I know the world of pointed pen calligraphy can be intimidating, especially because the supplies alone are a lot to figure out if you are teaching yourself like I did. I have put together a list of 5 basic supplies you need to get started, and have included some resources on where to find them online (links included!). My suggestion here follows the same rule as the illustration supplies, which is to buy the best you can afford. Luckily, calligraphy supplies are relatively inexpensive which means you can try a few things out to see what suits you best!

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On Failure, Rejection, and Showing Up for Each Other

Our society has gotten really good at glamorizing everything — from what we are eating for dinner, to the clothes we wear, and everything in between. And thankfully there is a growing discussion around social media and how much it encapsulates only the highlight real. It can be challenging to not fall into the dangers of comparing your lives to these high moments captured, filtered, and uploaded to the internet. I think the same thing could be said when looking at entrepreneurs and those who are running their own businesses. We all can acknowledge that entrepreneurs are hustling day to day, working so hard to bring their visions and dreams to fruition. But beyond the long days, and even beyond the rewarding elements of working for yourself, it can be tough on your soul.

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Spotlight: Materials for Illustrative Painting

One of the main goals I have for The Scribblist is for it to be a source of knowledge and inspiration for anyone who wants to learn or further develop a creative skill. In addition to my workshops, I’ll be sharing free tips and resources for you here on the blog.

Today I am sharing my favorite supplies for illustrative painting. These are the materials I use to create my hand lettered and illustrated designs, which I sell as prints in my Etsy shop.

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