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Brush Calligraphy / Mopperplate script on magic paper
« on: April 14, 2018, 08:43:58 AM »
I was messing about with a Cotman 999 'mop' brush on magic paper (my favourite toy) and decided to try some Copperplate script (or something that resembles it :D)... It contains a few poor strokes but here's a short video for anyone interested:

In case anyone's interested, this should be quite an experience learning from such knowledgeable people in such a beautiful location!

POSTPONED UNTIL APRIL 2017 // Heart, Head & Hands Calligraphy Symposion Meteora, Greece with Georgia Angelopoulos, Ewan Clayton & Irini Gonou.

More info here:

Facebook event:

See some of Georgia Angelopoulos' work here:

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Cheap Oblique from China
« on: March 21, 2016, 02:05:09 PM »

Tools & Supplies / Gillott Nib ID
« on: September 05, 2015, 07:27:23 AM »
Hello, I was sent some random nibs including some of these pretty big Gillott nibs (shown next to a Nikko G. Does anyone know what they are? Thank you!

Flourishing / Off-Hand flourishing pen hold question
« on: May 13, 2015, 02:58:25 AM »
Hello again! Could someone please tell me the benefit(s) of the crazy pen hold recommended for flourishing ? I've read the few threads mentioning it but did not find any explanation as to why this works better.
I know some people manage without it (and some use an oblique holder) but is there anything you can do with the 'different' hold that you can't otherwise ? Do you supposedly have better control of thick & thin ? smoother curves ?

I have not yet used both holds for enough time to see any difference - I still have better control with the normal hold because that's what I'm used to - All I've noticed is that with the off-hand hold you have less fingers hiding your work while you work. 

Hello again! I was in an art shop yesterday and decided to buy some ultracheap titanium white pigment (powdered) to try as ink - I mixed a small amount with water & a few drops of gum arabic & it wrote surprisingly well (opaque & nice hairlines!) however when dry, it cracks / peels on the thicker parts when bending the paper...  gives a great vintage look though :P 

Would anyone have any tried & tested method on how to make the ink more flexible /less brittle ? I have read about linseed oil (as used in oil paints) - Just wondering if anyone has tried this or other oils or have any other suggestions!

Thanks in advance

(Yeah, I should probably just buy one of those recommended inks that everyone else uses, but I have fun with the experimenting) (& then asking others for help)

Does anyone know what he is writing with when he does the backwards B outline ? ( @ 5:00) Is it something that splits open with pressure like a dip pen or does it have something like a spring that he releases for the thick strokes? - Hopefully you can make sense of my question... Thank you!

Hello again! I am failing miserably with the dip pen & hoping someone can maybe help me.

I have tried a number of nibs such as the Gillott 303, 170, Leonardt Steno, Mitchell Copperplate (with or without reservoir) and am unable to write over a few letters with any of them most the time unless I'm not flexing the nib at all. I've read about preparing the nib & have tried the flame, the toothpaste, the saliva, the dish washing liquid so thought the ink may be the problem.

I have tried acrylic paint thinned with water, gouache with water, added gum arabic, have tried about 10 different consistencies in case that is the problem but comes off in one go or does not come off at all. If I hold it vertically, a drop or two of ink comes off the nib . I sometimes get it to write (but as soon as I lift the nib from the paper it shoots back up the nib and i can't get it to come down to the tip again unless i dip it in a pool of ink that dropped off at the start or shake it til it comes back down. (and two letters later it's gone) I also tried Winsor & Newton silver ink which is supposedly used with steel nibs. It seems very thin already but I'm still facing the same problems.

From what I've read, the breather hole should remain a hole and you should not fill it with ink, however if I don't dip it past the hole, I can't even write a complete letter. I've tried dipping the whole pen, it's fine for a couple letters but as soon as the breather hole pops open, it stops writing.

After my ink fails, I dip the pen in water to clean it & am able to write a complete word with dirty water (which also eventually stops) so I thought maybe it needs a really runny ink .. but that doesn't work either. Any idea what I must be doing very wrong? Thank you

Introductions / Hello from Greece
« on: May 06, 2014, 05:00:33 AM »
Hello all! After coming across a video last week (by chance) of Mr DeCollibus writing Spencerian script, I started reading a little about calligraphy, discovered the IAMPETH site and have become completely hooked (for now anyway). I've been trying out so far with Tombow brush pens, pencil (& even a homemade flexible plastic nib on the end of a pencil!) Surprisingly, I have been quite pleased with the results, so decided to order some flexible nibs which I should hopefully receive one of these days (I can't wait!). This looked like a nice place and I thought I'd join - there can never be too many resources - It's great to see members here whose videos / blogs I've discovered this week !  Hopefully you will all be good with me :D

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