Alphabet: Lettering Exploration

Lettering practice is meditative for me, and it helps immensely to take time each day to let my mind focus on just the letters, the lines, the ink. I worked through the alphabet using the initial letter of each word and just pulled words out of my head so they are pretty random! 

J. Herbin Vert Pre ink with G-Nib.

J. Herbin Vert Pre ink with G-Nib.

J. Herbin Vert Pre ink with G-Nib.

J. Herbin Vert Pre ink with G-Nib.

Nib: G-Nib  Ink: J. Herbin Vert Pre
Notes: I love the combination of this nib and this ink. I would describe the ink as a "peppy lime-olive" which is velvety smooth. I was working very, very fast here - on purpose - and hence the drips. I wanted to write without thinking. With a G-nib you need to vary the pressure to get variety in the lettering. More pressure equals a thicker, darker line. 

J. Herbin Rose Cyclamen ink with Speedball A5 nib.

J. Herbin Rose Cyclamen ink with Speedball A5 nib.

J. Herbin Rose Cyclamen ink with Speedball A5 nib.

J. Herbin Rose Cyclamen ink with Speedball A5 nib.

Nib: Speedball A5 
Ink: J. Herbin Rose Cyclamen

Notes: The A5 is a pointy drawing nib that writes smooth, consistent, playful letters. The ink is an intense magenta, one of my favorites. This is a good nib for those wanting to try hand-lettering with a dip pen. You don't need to vary the pressure on particular strokes yet the lettering is expressive and fun. This is also a good nib for doodling because of the nice even lines even for shapes like circles.

 Dr. Ph Martin's Bombay Magenta India Ink with Hunt Nib #5 [apparently not 86].

 Dr. Ph Martin's Bombay Magenta India Ink with Hunt Nib #5 [apparently not 86].

Nib: Hunt drawing nib; the page says #86 but apparently there is no such thing. It's most likely a #56, but it's back in the cigar box and the nib is not shiny any more so not legible...
Ink: Dr. Ph Martin's Bombay Magenta India Ink. This is a beautiful ink - still magenta but a reddish magenta when compared to the J. Herbin Rose Cyclamen.

J. Herbin Lie de Thé ink with Hunt #107 nib [not 102].

J. Herbin Lie de Thé ink with Hunt #107 nib [not 102].

J. Herbin Lie de Thé ink with Hunt #107 nib [not 102].

J. Herbin Lie de Thé ink with Hunt #107 nib [not 102].

Nib: Hunt drawing nib #107 {I know it says 102, but it's 107, I double checked but man that is tiny}. 
Ink: J. Herbin Lie de Thé

Notes: I would describe this as a chocolate-leather-brown ink. Look at that tiny nib! It's one of the nibs that goes in the "inside" of the two indentations in the drawing nib. It's also very sharp. In fact, I broke the nib at the very bottom of the page, on one of the Z-words. I didn't like this Hunt nib when I started using it, but now I really do! It took about two pages to "get it" with this nib. Suddenly it was expressive and the letters were blooming.

All of the sudden, out of nowhere, I wanted to see what it would feel like to do calligraphy! It turns out that it's elegant, light, airy and refreshing! So I watched a bunch of  YouTube videos for  "modern calligraphy." The last time I tried calligraphy was in high school and I found it utterly boring, frustrating & regimented. I didn't see a point to it. Yet now.... wow! Fun! Here's one of the videos that I really liked, with variations of the letter "K". Calligraphy artist Erin Nielson has tutorials for all of the letters!!!

J. Herbin Bleu Pervenche ink with Hunt Nib #107.
J. Herbin Bleu Pervenche ink with Hunt Nib #107.

Nib: Hunt drawing nib #107
Ink: J. Herbin Bleu Pervenche. 
Notes: More info about this particular nib above. I found it impossible to capture the true color of this ink - it is a gorgeous color - medium turquoise but not to the green, more to a cerulean blue. 

 

Daisy Yellow