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Gong Xi Fa Cai 2018

by Eruanne Calie For this piece, since it’s Chinese New Year and I have another shot at starting something new, I experimented with a Momiji No. 0 watercolor brush and Diamine Matador on Tomoe River Paper to get the feels of how painting with ink would be like.I googled for Chinese New Year 2018 dog images and found a simple stencil that I thought would work best for a negative red fountain pen ink exercise and started on, pouring the sampler I got from Everything Calligraphy on a porcelain watercolor mixing plate. Diamine Matador reminded me of many things Chinese: ang paos, wedding invitations, tikoy boxes, lanterns.These came to mind occasionally while playing with the brush on paper. And I...

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In Lieu of Flowers

by Eruanne Calie This piece is so me. I know many can relate. I ask my hubby to give me art supplies instead of flowers for Valentine’s Day. He does and usually with flowers. Everything Calligraphy asked me to come up with a drawing featuring the most romantic inks I can think of and after deliberation, I opted for Noodler’s Black Swan Family Trio. On 52gsm Tomoe River Paper, I rendered this ink bouquet initially in pencil then inked it with Staedtler Mars Matic 0.3. Then came the fun part: colouring! For the bouquet wrap, Blue Nose Bear and for the ribbon and wrap trimmings, Black Swan in Australian Roses. For ink vials in lieu of roses, it had to...

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12 Inks of Christmas

by Eruanne Calie I’ve considered myself as an ink person, that I’m into fountain pens because of inks. I draw and paint for a hobby and dabble into a bit of calligraphy and hand-lettering when time allows. My default medium was watercolors until I found fountain pens (or should I say, they found me?) and oooh-la-la inks. Setting up a watercolor palette, bringing brushes, and washer pots can be quite a production number. With fountain pens, one has only to bring a couple filled with water-soluble inks and a reliable water brush. Its on-the-go convenience will get the likes of us (read: intrinsically lazy) definitely hooked. From a couple of fountain pens and a few bottles of inks, one would...

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Everything Calligraphy Christmas Gift Guide 2016

Choosing gifts for our loved ones can feel like a huge undertaking, especially when you're pressed for time. We've been there and we've felt lost at times while doing our own Christmas shopping, which is why we've created these Christmas bundles to make things easier for you. These bundles even come in a custom gift box, wrapped in tissue paper, and with a notecard with a personal message!   For Dad (P2199) Perfect for dad's business meetings or work notes, we've chosen a Nemosine Singularity, Elias hardcover journal, a 30ml bottle of Diamine ink and an Elias double slot leather pen case. You can inform us what your dad's favorite color is, and we can curate the package for you...

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The Everything Calligraphy Christmas Gift Guide

Selecting a gift for the fountain pen-loving individual (or someone you want to encourage to get into fountain pen use) in your life can be an intimidating task. There are so many choices - but the good thing is, with the wide array of choices there is bound to be something for almost everyone. Here are some gift suggestions to make the selection process a bit easier for you.The Fountain Pen NewbieGiving a gift to someone who has never used fountain pens before? The Jinhao x450 is a good pen for beginners since it’s a sturdy pen, it comes in a lot of designs, and it has a converter. Throw in some ink samples and fountain pen friendly paper, like...

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