Openinkstand Art & Calligraphy

FAQ

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WHAT INK/NIB/PAPER/HOLDER DO YOU USE?
I use a different combo of nibs, ink and paper depending on the final work that I want to achieve. It depends if the art should be thick and shaded, fine and wispy, waterproofed or not, colored paper or not etc. It really all depends on the project itself, but below is a list of my go-to tools.
Nibs: I use a variety of nibs including Nikko G, Leonardt Principal, Zebra G and vintage nibs (Musselman, 604EF, Spencerian 1).
Ink: Tom Norton Walnut Ink (crystal walnut ink is fine too), Old World iron gall ink and Yasutomo Sumi Ink. For gold ink I like Dr. PH Martin’s Copperplate Gold and Finetec palette.
Paper: I prefer Conquerer paper, Mohawk paper and Rhodia paper. I also use Paper Source envelopes.

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DO YOU TEACH LESSONS?
Sure! I am based in Las Vegas and do private tutoring in person as well as on Skype/Hangouts. My next workshop will be at Berkeley, California 2016. Please email for more info!

WHERE TO BUY HANDMADE OBLIQUE PENHOLDERS ONLINE
There are many places to buy beautiful hand turned penholders, of course I gotta show you my pal Brian Smith’s Unique Obliques (check out our Painted Pen collaboration). Several Master Penmen also make amazing penholders: Heather and Chris Held‘s colorful rainbow colored pens, Michael Sull‘s gorgeous and perfect pens and Bill Lilly‘s beautiful engrosser pens.

Other craftsmen are also making oblique holders:
Salvador Mendez // Pierre Miller // Chris Yoke // Rodger Mayeda // HuyHoangDao // AshBush // Heber Miranda // Salman Khattak // TheCuriousArtisan // MyLineArt

It is certainly a renaissance in penholder artistry, lucky for us!

HOW TO SUPPORT
If you’re interested to see more works in progress, behind the scenes, first looks or just to follow my process, please consider being my Patreon!


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