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Hi! Any recommendations where I can buy calligraphy materials (nibs and ink) here in British Columbia? :) thanks!

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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Gillott colour question
« on: March 04, 2015, 11:28:32 AM »
I'm sorry to hear that, Chandra and Yen sounds awful :(.

 :( yeah, I'm sure a nib can be included in the usual mail as you mentioned in your earlier post. But, I can't guarantee it will get to a recipient here in the Philippines. Haha! I'm amazed you were able to send 10 via snail mail. :)

Just wondering though... How much do Gillotts cost from where you are? To give others an idea, I bought my first Gillott 303 for around Php90.00/nib (Estimated at US$ 2.00/nib).

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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Gillott colour question
« on: March 03, 2015, 06:54:26 PM »
I wish the Gillott 303 was easily available here in the Philippines. :(

As mentioned in a separate thread, Erik, I can't seem to toss mine out until I find another one. Haha! :)

Here in Indonesia as well, so hard to find nibs like that. And if do find, it'll be twice the price than what it should be. :(

Would it be realistic for me to order for you and then ship them onwards? Or would shipping costs / customs / taxes / ... be outrageous?

Thanks so much for the offer! Wish it were that easy. :) let's just say outrageous is an understatement.  :-\ something that small will take months just to get out of customs and taxes will be double the cost sad to say. :(

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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Minor Panic Moment- Envelopes
« on: March 02, 2015, 08:05:51 PM »
Hi Amanda! I love your work! How I wish I learned calligraphy earlier and just did my own envelope addressing instead of paying someone to do it for me.  :-\ that would have been fun. Paper source here in the Philippines though is very limited and when you do order from suppliers they charge so much more. Enjoy the rest of the preps! :) love it!

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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Gillott colour question
« on: March 02, 2015, 07:13:01 PM »
I wish the Gillott 303 was easily available here in the Philippines. :(

As mentioned in a separate thread, Erik, I can't seem to toss mine out until I find another one. Haha! :)

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Hello Yen ... are you going for a record?  After two months with that 303, surely it feels like writing with a springy darning needle?  ;)

My rule of thumb is to replace a nib as soon as it starts to catch on upstrokes and generally misbehave, and I don't revisit them either.  Some people might say that the 303 starts out that way, but it's a noticeable change.  As Stefanie says, iron gall ink does shorten the lifespan, and it also removes the blue finish in short order: that on its own is not an indicator of a worn out nib.

Great answers. I have to admit my jaw dropped getting 2 months out of a Gillot 303.

Thanks, Andy and Brad! Haha! I had difficulty at first with the Gillott 303. But I just can't seem to part with it! Although, with your reactions, I may need to start letting it go! Haha! :) I think, but maybe it's just me, the Speedball India Ink rubs off the blue color.

I'll say that as a beginner with pointed nibs, it can be tricky to know. There are so many factors -- the paper, the ink, the newbie operator, how often you use it -- that it's really hard to isolate the issue. (Is the snagginess the nib, or me??) I do know the signs for a Zebra G now -- when it gets too flexy, I get suspicious. When I get suspicious about any nib, I  try a new one. If it feels noticeably better, I pitch the old one. I suspect after you've got enough experience, you get a "feel" for it.

Yes, I agree, Lori! I'm not quite sure just yet how to care for my nibs and to actually know when it's time to go. I started exploring nibs only last December or so. So, I just haven't gotten rid of any. :) perhaps now is a good time to start inspecting my nibs and start tossing what needs to be tossed based on the other replies. :) thanks!

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Same here, if it starts snagging too much it goes, no mercy.
As an extra check, I'll often look at it against a bright surface (a window by day does nicely for that purpose). If there's space between the tines, it definitely goes.

Thanks, Erik! I think I do need to put in some time in inspecting my nibs. I still have a few that are rarely used - usually my Hunts. But will check them either way. Thanks again! :)

Yen, I'm like Amanda in that I put it aside if it seems to be acting up, only to try it later.  Some nibs have made it into the Dead Nibs container that I've managed to resurrect and use for a while, but they're usually short lived.  I keep a magnifying glass on my desk to really examine the tips.  All that is well and good but there are a couple of other things that can affect a nib: being too tight or not evenly supported in the flange, it could be the paper-- Have you changed paper recently?  And last, if you're doing a lot of practice, in my experience, 2 months is a REALLY long time for a nib to last, unless I'm in heavy rotation with other nibs.

  And last, if you're doing a lot of practice, in my experience, 2 months is a REALLY long time for a nib to last, unless I'm in heavy rotation with other nibs.

I agree with that especially with a fine and delicate nib like the 303 (I must admit I don't like that one very much, I tend to throw away these smallish nibs really really fast (like after a few pages honestly)!! Whereas I've had some vintage Brause and Soennecken Rose nibs in use for months (just not with iron gall ink, that corrodes them much faster).

Hi Milonguera and Estefa! I usually try to rotate my nibs but I always end up using he Gillott 303 more. Yes, I've recently switched practice paper - same brand though but different substance. Could it be a reason for snagging?

Sorry, I forgot to mention to everyone, my practice is only during Saturdays or Sundays due to the busy schedule. So for the 2 months I've been going about with the Gillott, it's actually only been 8 days or less. :) ok, perhaps enough with excuses. Haha! I'll start exploring new nibs!

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For me, if it is a nib I have been using for a while, I know it is time to get rid of it if it starts snagging.  I usually set them aside and I will try them again after some time has passed.  This reassures me that I am not getting rid of it while it is still good. 

hi yen!

as what amanda said, snagging more than usual is one of the reasons you may want to throw them away :)  or if you have noticed that the tines are not entirely aligned anymore.

Hi Amanda and Patweecia! Thanks for this! I just can't seem to get rid of a nib until I've found a replacement. I'll probably put it aside for now. :) I'll inspect the tines during my next practice day.


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I was about to ask the ratios for pearl pigments and gum arabic. I just purchased items from The Craft Central over the weekend and it's been a trial and error. I think the consistency is actually dependent on your preference. Most ratios I've researched is 2:2:1 (water, gum arabic, pigment). Although, I'm still working on various ratios and haven't been successful today. Maybe next weekend. :)

I went to the The Craft Central popup booth earlier, and I asked them about this, and they said that the ratio was 2:2:1 (gum arabic: pigment: water).

Although I've read somewhere that you could just eyeball it and keep testing, but when I tried that, I just ended up making something that dried clear... I probably used too much water, but when I added more pigment it wouldn't flow :(

Hi Ysa, I saw the ratio of the less pigment in a separate IG post (I can't recall which one though). I tried having more gum arabic vs. water and it doesn't seem to go as smoothly as I wanted it to. The pigment I purchased from them was a light/pale colors so I have yet to try a 2:2:2 combination. Let you know how it goes since I use very small mixtures at the moment until I get the right consistency. Still in trial and error stage. I'm afraid I might finish the gum arabic! Haha!

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Hi Fellow Calligraphers! :)

How do you know when your nibs are about to retire? I made a quick glance online but found generic answers and mostly refer to nibs of a stylus --- Oh, technology. I really believe it differs from every calligrapher. I've been using a Gillott 303 continuously for 2 months now and it shows every single sign of retirement (ie. rusty, often snags whatever the paper, no longer as blue as it used to be). I'm actually not sure if these are really signs or am I just doing something wrong. Haha! I can't find it in my heart to toss it just yet as I haven't found a local supplier that carries this nib. I'm sure you all know how it feels to throw out a nib.

Appreciate if you can share tips on how to preserve your nibs a little longer and perhaps add any other signs that your nib is about to retire. :)

Thanks,
Yen

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Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: Calligraphy confessions
« on: March 01, 2015, 09:18:16 AM »
Haha! This thread is interesting. I have to confess though that I don't wash my nibs after use. I wash them every weekend. Unfortunately, this resulted to rusty nibs give the humidity from where I  from. :( I also tend to dip my nibs in the pot. I know these are no-no's but sometimes laziness kicks in. Haha!

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Hi Camille!

I was about to ask the ratios for pearl pigments and gum arabic. I just purchased items from The Craft Central over the weekend and it's been a trial and error. I think the consistency is actually dependent on your preference. Most ratios I've researched is 2:2:1 (water, gum arabic, pigment). Although, I'm still working on various ratios and haven't been successful today. Maybe next weekend. :)

I loved walnut ink!!! But I haven't tried the crystals just yet. :) perhaps once I find my preferred consistency for the pearl pigment mix I'll explore this next. :)

Thanks for posting this! As well as the suggestions of other fellow calligraphers. :)

Yen

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Tools & Supplies / Re: Recommend Supplies for Beginners
« on: February 14, 2015, 01:26:42 AM »
I have bought a TON of nibs to try out, and I've been trying to use the Nikko G and Zebra G the most since they are so frequently recommended for beginners. But do they seem super HARD to anyone else? I feel like maybe I don't know what I'm supposed to be feeling but I feel like i have to apply SO MUCH pressure to get the nib to flex... its just not a pleasurable experience for me. I mostly use the Gillott 404... any suggestions on what else to use if I love this one?? Thanks!

If you really like the Gillott 404, try the 303. Also, I'd suggest trying the Hunt 101 and Hunt 56. I find the Hunt 56 to be closest to the Nikko G except more flexible. However, the older nibs do tend to skip more.

If you work with the Nikko G's they "warm up" after a bit and are less stiff and easier to work with. I always dread the change over to a new nib as they are stiff to get started. But then once warmed up glide well.

Hi! I'm relatively new to calligraphy and I agree that the Gillott 303, Hunt 101 and Hunt 56 are my go-to nibs when practicing. :) They are so easy to work with. The Gillot 303, however, seems to snag on my practice paper a few times.

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Tools & Supplies / Re: Manuscript Leonardt 300 Ballpoint Nib
« on: February 11, 2015, 09:38:06 AM »
Thank you, Elsa and Andy, for the clarification. I used the nib today for practice. And I'm beginning to appreciate it more now that I'm aware of its history and specific purpose. :)

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