Calligraphy & Fine Writing

Calligraphy is a visual art related to writing. It is the design and execution of lettering with a broad tip instrument, dip pen, or brush, among other writing instruments. Calligraphy ranges from functional inscriptions and designs to fine-art pieces where the letters may or may not be readable. Calligraphy is most popular in the forms of wedding and event invitations, font design and typography, original hand-lettered logo design, religious art, announcements, graphic design and commissioned calligraphic art, cut stone inscriptions, and memorial documents. The most popular tool calligraphy is the pen and the brush. Calligraphy pens write with nibs that may be flat, round, or pointed. For some decorative purposes, multi-nibbed pens or steel brushes can be used. For works that do not consist of angled lines felt-tip and ballpoint pens are fairly popular.

When using calligraphy,water-based inks are best and are much less viscous than the oil-based inks used in printing. High quality paper, which has good consistency of absorption allows for cleaner lines, although parchment or vellum is often used. Exacto knifes can be used to erase imperfections, a light-box and templates can be utilized used to achieve straight lines without pencil markings detracting from the work. Ruled paper, either for a light box or direct use, is most often ruled every quarter or half inch, although inch spaces are occasionally used.



Calligrapher by Sakura
The Pigma Calligrapher is a unique, all-in-one, durable lettering art tool that produces crisp edges and sharp hairlines. This disposable pen has a hard nylon nib that withstands heavy pressure and constant use, and still provides a reliable, smooth ink flow from edge to edge. Pigma Calligrapher is designed specifically for calligraphers and lettering artists of all skill levels. Unlike most calligrapher markers whose tips wear down with use, resulting in inconsistent, increasingly heavy marks, the Pigma Calligrapher maintains its ability to continually create crisp, flowing lines and letterforms. It eliminates cost barriers and equipment requirements for beginners who are just learning about calligraphy, and provides an easy and quick alternative to traditional calligraphy pens for professionals. Archival Pigma ink is waterproof and fade-resistant on most paper substrates. It is available in 1mm, 2mm, and 3mm nib widths and 6 Pigma ink colors for different letters, flourishes and calligraphy effects. We carry them in sets or they can be purchased individually.


Manuscript offers a wide selection of high quality pen models and nib styles and with over a 100 years of experience in manufacturing calligraphy nibs. Their classic pen has a comfort grip nib front end section and is fully interchangeable with the front ends in our previous standard model. All our Classic pens have traditional calligraphy nibs with points cut like dip nibs for clear definition, to provide precise lines of all widths including fine lines. Manuscript comes in sets with one of their pen styles and several different nibs. It is the perfect set for those who are just starting out or have already mastered calligraphy.


Sheaffer Calligraphy Fountain Pen add a splash of color to the calligrapher’s everyday writing experience. Whether writing out bridal invitations, place cards, award certificates, school art projects, handwriting notes, or holiday cards, Sheaffer Calligraphy offers long lasting value and quality. A rubberized grip with traction dimples promotes a secure grip of the pen, enabling more stability while guiding the nib across paper. The snap-fit cap can be removed with one hand, keeping the other hand free for project control. A visible ink supply conveniently lets the calligrapher know when the ink cartridge should be replaced, and can be reused for continued writing enjoyment. Sheaffer Calligraphy Fountain pens come in sets and in individual packs.




Calligraphy Kits
Speedball makes great calligraphy kits for all types of calligraphy. They have mapping, poster, calligraphy, cartooning and sketching each comes with their own unique set of nibs to suit each specific project. Along with the nibs the packs include a holder and project sheet that details how to use the set. This set is perfect for beginners and professionals alike and fits perfectly with each individual project.
Calligraphy Nibs
Speedball offers two different kind of nibs, broad-edge and pointed, which can be inserted into Speedball Pen Holders. When lettering Italic, Roman, Blackletter, etc., select a broad-edged tool like the C-Series Speedball nibs. When lettering pointed pen hands, such as Copperplate, use a flexible pointed nib such as the Speedball 99 or 103. For monoline lettering, select a Speedball B-series nib. The pen holders and nibs are sold separately and can be hand picked for your convenience.
Elegant Writer
Elegant Writers are calligraphy markers that have crisp, chisel nibs that make forming beautiful calligraphic letters easy. Free flowing ink is AP non-toxic and acid free. Available in a variety of colors and varying chiseled tips. They come in a extra fine, fine, medium and extra bold. They are great pens for quick calligraphy projects offering a great sturdy nib to work with.