Practice with the brush nib

The brush nib

The brush nib is one of the main tools of calligraphists. Until now they have been used above all for Asian characters. Because of its versatile application options, the brush nib can also be used for modern scripts and even for impulsive, 
artistic writing. 
Classic calligraphy is practised using a quill, reed pen or metal nib. However, calligraphy nibs exist in many types and variations. The most frequently used nib variations are brush and chisel nib.

Pressure with the brush nib

Depending on the pressure, the brush (B) will open to a greater or lesser extent, which creates a completely different effect.

Greater or lesser pressure will make the lines appear thicker or thinner. The pressure applied depends on the desired type of script. Varying the writing pressure changes the width of the line from very thin to thick. Apply pressure on the downward strokes, and release the pressure on the upward strokes.

Calligraphy with a brush nib is a lot of fun, but needs some practice. Because of this, it is advisable to draw some lines with greater or lesser pressure before starting to exercise using the alphabet.


Writing rhythm and pen angle


The writing rhythm

In the art of calligraphy, the rhythm is especially important. This means that making each stroke should take roughly the same time. To work with control, you should start working at a slower pace, and increase your pace only later.


Spacing and width

The width of a letter is based on the type of lettering as well as the structure of the word. Two thin letters next to each other, like the “double l”, will need an increased internal separation, and also from the next letters than an “A”, for example.

Choose the spacing between the letters so that the script has a harmonious effect.