Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Checking in on calligraphy 3
Trying to achieve the same character as the Denise Lach calligraphy that I loved, I ventured out to my local art supply store, which had just reopened, to buy a little squeeze bottle with a needle tip in the smallest diameter they sold. This turned out to have a different character than the eye droppers and coke-can pen -- namely, much more prone to blobs!
Seems that the squeeze bottle has three modes, just like Goldilocks and the three bears: not enough ink flow, too much ink flow, and just right. Unfortunately the only one of these modes that I am able to control is too-much; if you give the squeeze bottle a little squeeze you get a huge blob. Just-right mode seems to occur only after you've started with too-much and written out the excess, and after a short while it expires into not-enough mode.
One of the advantages of this method is that if you keep the squeeze bottle quite empty, you can add more ink of a different color tomorrow -- or even midway through one day's page -- and change the color. I put too much red in a while back and am still writing it off, waiting for a chance to transition over to blue or green.
I've experimented with doing my letters straight up and down and on a slant. Some days I'm happy with what I come up with, other days not so much. But none of the days are even close to the Denise Lach exemplar that I am trying to emulate.
You can see all my daily calligraphy here.