Where to Buy Affordable Calligraphy Tools

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Some people can be intimitated when we talk about calligraphy because of one consideration – It’s pricey.

Indeed, it can cost you shed some penny, but thanks to a fast-changing society we have, plus credits to online marketing, we don’t have to worry more! There are online shops that offers affordable tools for starters and advanced calligraphers! And if you’re too lazy for meet-ups for added value to customer convenience, these shops offer delivery services. Your calligraphy tools right in front of your doorsteps.. Ahhh How good can that be!!!

So much for drooling, here is a shop that caught our attention the most;

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CREATE BY TRUELOVEFOUND has been providing crafters with affordable tools, materials and craft project ideas since 2012. They offer wide variety of calligraphy tools from nibs, to inks, to papers, and even other materials to improve your projects. What we liked about this shop, aside from their visually appealing site,  https://create.checkout.ph/, is that their people are so easy to get along. We tried to contact them for orders and everything went on smoothly!!! Imagine talking to someone who shares the same passion as yours ;) 

And just like we promised you earlier, for those who have limited budgets, THIS IS THE ONE!

Untitled-2 copyJust look at the categories of calligraphy and craft materials that they have!


For starters, they offers calligraphy nibs for as low as PHP 75.00! Take note that these are legit ones! I’ve tried them myself and recommended it to my friends too! ;)

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Ofcourse you cannot use your nibs without a holder, so here are some of our top picks! We prefer to use the Tachikawa Model 20, mainly because of its grip. It’s soft compared to the traditional ones and do not slide in your fingers even after hours of using it. Plus take a look at that colors! You can get these babies for as low as PHP 250.00! Much, much cheaper compared to the calligraphy holders you can avail at the mall.

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 Another steal from this shop is the calligraphy inks. Maybe this is the one that will cost a lot, but for only PHP250 (Higgins Eternal) pesos, you’ll get a good quality inks that is essential in the consistency of your ink. If you have extra money to spare, we recommend you to try their Winston and Newton colored inks (PHP 380.00). It adds a modern twist to your calligraphy projects ;)

Their site also provides shopping guidelines that they implement strictly. Their mode of payments are also felixible from BPI, to BDO, to PayPal and credit cards via PayPal. Plus customers have their option regarding the courier to use, since they will be the one to shoulder the fees, options range from XEND being the most affordable to LBC and 2-go.

What are you waiting for? Visit their site and Shop till you drop!!! :)

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Spotted: Top 5 Favorite Calligraphy Fonts

We all have our Favorites. 

Have you ever experienced being stuck in front your computers, trying to figure out what font/s to use for your project? Well, just like in our previous post, we do. And we mean it.

We consider calligraphy as an “Art of Letters” that varies from one handstroke to the other, which makes it more challenging and exciting at the same. Hence, we provided our Top 5 Favorite Fonts to use in special projects that may also be useful to you. 

WARNING: This fonts are just too cute and can be addicting.. making us love calligraphy more! ;)

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Calligraphy Fonts

Veryberry | is a handwritten font with a unique character. Full of open type features, is best used in an open type aware software. Most diacritics are included and this one type of calligraphy font that we find versatile. It’s features can be used for invitations, school projects, or even at times when you feel like being artsie.

 Stringfellows |  We are just completely in love with all hand-lettered artwork at the moment, we could stare at all of it for hours on end. HAHA. Every stroke is made with love and attention. The idea is to give you something you can use quickly, to make it look like you toiled over your custom type artwork for hours for this calligraphy font. Best used in  typographical quote posters or custom address stamps. 

Ondise | It is a curvy and warm hand-lettered calligraphy script with a natural, dancing baseline. This was created with a pointed pen & ink, as well as a swash feature that automatically substitutes beginning & end of word letters. Oh mind you, this font includes six different ampersands that can add extra “vavavoom” effect to your work. The smallest details matter.

Vermandois Rough yet refined! Vermandois was hand-drawn in walnut ink with antique calligraphy pens. She’s perfect for correspondence and unique invitations – connecting letters, caps and ink blots make a mark! 

Dasha | Meet Dasha! She’s a warm & friendly calligraphy font, ready to collaborate with you. Dasha was vintage-inspired and hand-drawn, so her alphabet bounces naturally along the baseline. She has a host of Opentype features that allow you to control just how much whimsy spills out onto the page. We absolutely adore her.

How about you? What are your favorite calligraphy font to abuse? Time to hit the search button and share us yor thoughts! ;)

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Dawn + Tracy’s Handwritten Invites

The Big Day

Three months from now, our close friends, Dawn and Tracy, are about to hit the aisle. Since they know that we are obsessed with letterings, specifically, calligraphy, they asked us to make their dream invitation come to life – a classic with a modern touch in line with their military wedding.

In preparation, we have a mood board filled with different styles that the couple can choose from. It helps when you know your client personally because it’s easier to know where you’re heading towards. They told us they didn’t want their invites to look stiff, so we suggested that we handwrite their save the date’s, names on the envelopes, place cards, and other details for their wedding. What’s more exciting in calligraphy is that, it gives you that “personal” feel, because hand strokes varies from one person to another.

Here are some samples of calligraphy styles we created:

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At this time, they are torn between Esterbrook 355 and Brause EF66. If they couldn’t decided what nib we’ll use, we will tell them that it’s possible to combine both two because a certain nib may not work for all the things they want for their wedding.

It feels great to be in the same page as our clients in terms of the design and aesthetics. We’ll keep you posted the regarding developments of this project.


6 Tools a Calligrapher Must Have





Calligraphy — Sounds complicated right?

But hey, it doesn’t require a big investment in either equipment or tools needed to get you started with your knew found love.

These are a few of the basics that will be very useful for calligraphy lettering:

Pen Holders and Calligraphy Nibs: A well-used Tachikawa pen holder with cork finger grip and a plastic Speedball pen holder. It fits most nib sizes. There are actually only 2 or 3 nib sizes you use for just about every project unless you need a particularly large nib for poster-sized work.

Top 3 calligraphy nibs recommended for beginners:

1. Hunt 101

2. Hunt 56

3. Esterbrook 355

Ink: Finding good quality ink is essential in calligraphy because it will define the form of your overall work. Some inks are easier to work especially if it matches the nibs you’re using. Pictured is J. Herbin 1670 Anniversary Bleu Ocean – Limited Edition

Paper: An artist sketchbook is also great for free-style lettering and small calligraphy projects.  Sketchbooks vary in quality; the best ones for calligraphy will have “sized” paper.  Any quality sketchbook for pen and ink drawing will work for calligraphy.  Of course, you will have to draw guidelines! Muji Dotted Notebeook is also a great for practicing calligraphy.

Other things you might want to have while practicing are:

Pencil: Last, but not least, your favorite Art Pencil.  An ordinary mechanical pencil is fine for drawing guidelines as long as the lead is not too soft (it will smudge.)  An “H” or “F” lead works well – just don’t press too hard or it will indent the paper.

Ruler: Graph paper is great for practicing letter forms, but eventually you will want to letter something on “proper” paper.  This will necessitate one of the least exciting parts of calligraphy – drawing lettering guidelines! :>

Of course, if you have a light table you can use guideline sheets under your paper, but light tables can be very expensive (although they can be made for less than the cost of purchasing if you’re handy) and you are limited to the size of the light table.

A good store that offers basic calligraphy supplies is Scribe Writing Essentials. It’s a based in the Philippines and they have a wide variety of items you can choose from once you decide calligraphy more seriously. Visit their site here: http://www.scribewritingessentials.com/about-us/


Calligraphy Workshop: Ink Scribbles

When was the last time you did something for the first time?

Yes, you can learn calligraphy on your own, you can find so many resources on the internet. But the things you learn from an actual, tangible instructor is a different experience altogether. It’s the different twists and turns you go through in putting your thoughts into paper.

Workshops are great way, not only to learn from someone who knows what they’re doing, but also to meet different people who share the same love and interest for lettering and things in between. Good thing that events like this became easier to find.

Ink Scribbler is one of the few who hosts these lettering and calligraphy workshops. They are a tiny team of lettering enthusiasts based in Manila, Philippines who are dedicated to calligraphy, typography and design. They call it –

The Scribble Workshop: The Basic.

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It’s class to introduce first timers to calligraphy, focusing on how to use flexible nibs and basic strokes. Their goal is to learn the basic techniques and get comfortable with calligraphy. The class is structured for people who have never tried calligraphy. Joining the 3-hour class will cost you around P2000, but thats inclusive of all materials you’ll need and food. Yep, food ;)

For updates on their upcoming workshops, please do visit their site: http://inkscribbler.com/workshops

What are you waiting for? Time to explore another first! ;)


Five Principles for Choosing and Using Typefaces

“What Font Should I Use?”: Five Principles for Choosing and Using Typefaces


Ahhhh music to our ears, because we are obssessed with finding a good font family. There are tons of fonts being used here and there but rarely do you find one that’s perfect for a certain work. And we must admit, deciding for the “one” isn’t as easy as it sounds. It’s not like we spend close to just 10 minutes to pick the right font. We actually take longer. Much, much longer. It’s like, going to a candy store. So much sweet sweet candy. They all look appealing. But we don’t eat everything. We choose one that best satisfies our cravings.

So here’s a little help from Dan Mayer that can save our butts from the harsh world of picking fonts.

Shall we begin?

1. Dress for the Occasion

Lots of times, when choosing a font, we assess the personality of each face and look for something unique and distinctive that expresses our particular aesthetic taste, perspective and personal history.  Just as with clothing, there’s a distinction between typefaces that are expressive and stylish versus those that are useful and appropriate to many situations, and our job is to try to find the right balance for the occasion.

While appropriateness isn’t a sexy concept, it’s the acid test that should guide our choice of font. Every designer has a few favorite fonts More often, it’s like find yourself putting on the same old pair of Levis morning after morning. You have few workhorse typefaces that are like comfortable jeans ;) They go with everything, they seem to adapt to their surroundings and become more relaxed or more formal as the occasion calls for, and they just seem to come out of the closet day after day.

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Usually, these are faces that have a number of weights (Light, Regular, Bold, etc) and/or cuts (Italic, Condensed, etc). Some particular safety blankets are: MyriadGotham, DIN, Akzidenz Grotesk and Interstate among the sans; Mercury, Electra and Perpetua among the serif faces.

2. Know your Families: Grouping Fonts

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The clothing analogy gives us a good idea of what kind of closet we need to put together. The next challenge is to develop some kind of structure by which we can mentally categorize the different typefaces we run across.

Geometric Sans |  have strokes that are all the same width and frequently evidence a kind of “less is more” minimalism in their design. A classic Geometric Sans is like a beautifully designed airport: it’s impressive, modern and useful, but we have to think twice about whether or not we’d like to live there.

Humanist Sans |  derived from handwriting they still retain something inescapably human at their root. Modern yet human, clear yet empathetic. Yet at their worst, they seem wishy-washy and fake, the hand servants of corporate insincerity.

Old Style |  referred to as ‘Venetian’, these are our oldest typefaces, the result of centuries of incremental development of our calligraphic forms. Old Style faces are marked by little contrast between thick and thin, and the curved letter form tend to tilt to the left (just as calligraphy tilts). Old Style faces at their best are classic, traditional, readable.

Transitional and Modern |   more geometric, sharp and virtuosic than the unassuming faces of the Old Style period. At their best,  transitional and modern faces seem strong, stylish, dynamic. At their worst, they seem neither here nor there — too conspicuous and baroque to be classic, too stodgy to be truly modern.

Slab Serifs |  very specific — and yet often quite contradictoryThey can convey a sense of authority,   but they can also be quite friendly, they add a distinctive wrinkle to anything, but can easily become overly conspicuous in the wrong surroundings.

3. Don’t Be a Wimp: The Principle of Decisive Contrast

When we combine multiple typefaces on a design, we want them to coexist comfortably.

Now that we know our families and some classic examples of each, we need to decide how to mix and match and — most importantly — whether to mix and match at all. Most of the time, one typeface will do, If we reach a point where we want to add a second face to the mix, it’s always good to observe this simple rule: keep it exactly the same, or change it a lot — avoid wimpy, incremental variations.

This is a general principle of design, and its official name is correspondence and contrast.  If you put two identical coins next to each other, they look good together because they match (correspondence). On the other hand, if we put a dime next to one of those big copper coins we picked up somewhere, this also looks interesting because of the contrast between the two.

4. A Little Can Go a Long Way

There’s a need for a font that oozes with personality, whether that personality is warehouse party, Pad Thai or Santa Claus. ‘Display’ is just another way of saying do not exceed recommended dosage: applied sparingly to headlines, a display font can add a well-needed dash of flavor to a design, but it can quickly wear out its welcome if used too widely.

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Display faces with lots of personality are best used in small doses. If we apply our cool display type to every bit of text in our design, the aesthetic appeal of the type is quickly spent and — worse yet — our design becomes very hard to read.

5. Rule Number Five Is ‘There Are No Rules’

Really. Look hard enough and you will find a dazzling-looking menu set entirely in a hard-to-read display font. There are only conventions, no             ironclad rules about how to use type, just as there are no rules about how we should dress in the morning. It’s worth trying everything just to see       what happens — even wearing your Halloween flares to your court date.

(For the complete article: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/12/14/what-font-should-i-use-five-principles-for-choosing-and-using-typefaces/)

There are so many fonts to choose from that your head starts spinning because you don’t even know where to begin to start looking for your fonts, but after getting a little help from our friend Dan, you probably now know your do’s and dont’s. That should help narrow down your choices.