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Someone answered in our local forum, it's apparently wet cheesecloth to keep the bristle intact :D


Can anyone decipher what is BC using in this "inkwell", looks like a powder, gum arabic, fairy dust?  ;D[email protected]/12260269726/in/photostream/

Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: Oldest Multi-color Printed Book
« on: September 22, 2015, 06:51:37 AM »
Oh, my gosh. Exquisite images, thanks for sharing

Tools & Supplies / Re: Art & Calligraphy Supplies in Singapore
« on: February 28, 2015, 05:51:58 AM »
Thanks everyone  ;D for the shopping and food tips.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Making your own ink / iron gall ink etc.
« on: February 27, 2015, 06:54:00 PM »

Pleasure Des,
Your ink looks really wonderful.  :)

The next time,  you could try to get some Allepo gall powder.  Its available a lot in Malaysia and Indonesia. It may be available easily in  Philippines too.  They call it  Manjakani powder.  I just got some of this and am making ink and it looks to be great.  Have another 2 weeks of soaking to do before I make the final batch.
But I tried a little bit out of it and it works well once you add the Fe.


That is interesting! I've asked around with botanists here if any oak trees actually exists in the Philippines and I don't think I got an answer. This is great as I'm going to both countries in a few a months. There's no commercial value in making natural ink but I really do enjoy the process!

The Malabar Spinach Fruit additive is very interesting.  Does it have a green tinge, or does it add additional tannin?  Can you see the green in the ink?

The berry fruit of the ripe Malabar Spinach turns purple but leaves a magenta stain. It has about 8% tannin, the ink turned into a grayish sepia when the ink dries in paper.

Introductions / Re: Hello from Hong Kong :)
« on: February 26, 2015, 10:54:34 PM »
Hi Sue! :) How exciting! :) I'm a big fan of your work! :D

Unfortunately not :(  To be honest I'm not sure there are many calligraphers in Hong Kong and the supplies are extremely limited, so most of what I have, I've purchased off Paper Ink Arts :)

I actually bought my first nibs and holders in Artland HK :D they were adequate but not as extensive in the US. Welcome to the forum!


There's a western calligraphers association in HK

Tools & Supplies / Art & Calligraphy Supplies in Singapore
« on: February 26, 2015, 07:20:48 PM »
 Just want to ask our Singaporean friends here, where to shop for art supplies, paper, fountain pens and specifically calligraphy I have 3 day stop in Singapore in May.

- ArtFriend, where is the biggest branch? I've only been in Takashimaya but it's apparently closed now

Where do you buy your stuff? Finally, are art supplies covered by GST refund?

Thank You

Tools & Supplies / Re: Making your own ink / iron gall ink etc.
« on: February 23, 2015, 11:47:47 PM »
Just an update, finally have converted it to actual ink. I made two version, one with malabar spinach fruit and added a only 2 tablets of ferrous sulphate (they workll well), it has a bit of sepia tinge to it. One was just pure pom ink. I'm quite happy with the results! Hairlines are great. They get darker as the days pass. But damn, the irongall removed the bronze coating of my EF Principal nib within the first minute of use.

Prasad, thank you so much for sharing your recipe ^_^ I will give it a try when the time permits.

I kinda remember this image from reddit:  ;D This is how apparently how they welcome you in Sydney Airport.  ;D ;D ;D

Being in a tropical country, I've also had my encounters with spiders and used to catch them all the time when I was a kid. I was clueless, but nothing poisonous of sort you see in 'Stralya!

Introductions / Re: Hello from Hong Kong
« on: January 30, 2015, 04:23:04 AM »
Your writing's great, disillusion. Do you have a good stock of calligraphy supplies in HK? Whereabouts do you make your purchases? btw, Eleanor Winters will be in HK this week and next. Are you attending her classes?

Whooa can you give more details?

Tools & Supplies / Re: Alternative to Windex?
« on: January 30, 2015, 04:17:47 AM »

Tools & Supplies / Re: Cocoiro Lettering Pen
« on: January 30, 2015, 04:01:09 AM »
Moya- Cancel law school and open an art supplies business!

She can do both. When her clients decide to get married they can hire her to design custom invitations and address their invitations and when they decide to divorce they can use her legal services too. Win win!

Coffee & Nib-bles / Chinese calligraphy by a woman with no hands.
« on: January 26, 2015, 06:37:40 AM »
We were in Malacca, Malaysia and chanced upon this handicap woman who was doing Chinese calligraphy. Had my mom's name written with a little donation. Amazing isn't it? Proves that if there's a will there's a way.

Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: Miss Universe 2015 costumes!
« on: January 24, 2015, 07:43:40 PM »
Oh my gosh @Erica hahaha.

Our representative caused raucous online, since her dress looks like a cake:  ;D

Introductions / Re: Greetings from Bangkok, Thailand!
« on: January 24, 2015, 07:35:38 PM »
Welcome Candice, I love your watercolor work  ;D specially that moo bing, it's the reason I always gain weight whenever in Thailand.

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