I have much to say about each of these calligraphy supplies (and others!), so be on the lookout for future blog articles with more detail.
I’ve organized these supplies into the following categories: ink, pointed pen holders, pointed pen nibs, paper, metallic inks, inkwells, and tools and accessories. This is by no means an exhaustive list of what is out there or what is great. I have many, many calligraphy inks, tools, etc. that I truly love. But for a beginner, it can really be overwhelming knowing exactly what you need and what you can do without.
On my beginners page, I talk about the bare bones necessities of what you need to get started with calligraphy, regardless of whether you’re interested in modern or traditional Copperplate calligraphy, so if you’re new to calligraphy, check that out.
In the future I will add supplies such as brush pens that are my faves and where I purchase those. The supplies below should get you started.
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Some Basic Inks
Pointed Pen Holders
A Note About These Oblique Nib Holders
Of all the supplies on this page, these are the one thing I have not tried directly. My only wooden nib holders are the ones my husband made for me years ago. They are my absolute favorite, and are the only ones I can recommend first-hand. The only problem is that he hasn’t made any to sell. So I selected these wooden nib holders from amazon, as they seem to fit the description of what you need them to do. For a larger selection of pointed pen holders, visit JohnNealBoooks.com or PaperInkArts.com.
Pointed Pen Nibs
Metallic Inks & Accessories
Inkwells & Accessories
Dinky Dips for Holding Calligraphy Ink
I cannot find any of the usual containers I prefer for my ink on Amazon. You can purchase Dinky Dips in large or small and the wooden blocks that hold them on JohnNealBooks.com or PaperInkArts.com. Also, my favorite ink wells are crystal or glass candlesticks which you can pick up at the thrift store, dollar store, or other various places. They are the perfect size for pointed pen work. If you use an open container, though, you need a film to cover it that does not allow moisture to escape. I use Parafilm, linked above.
Tools & Accessories
A Note About the Lightpad
The lightpad listed here is the one I use. When I received it as a gift, it was on a huge sale. There are other much less expensive lightpads on the market, but I have not tried them. I would love to hear from you if you have a different one you like. All I know is the lightpad might be my most important tool aside from the pen, ink and paper.
About These Calligraphy Products
The products pictured on this page are all affiliate links on Amazon. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Thank you ahead of time for any purchases you make of these items, because all of my profits go toward supporting me and my family while I am in medical school.
Also, I am somewhat limited in the items I can list here. This means in some circumstances (like the HP paper) there are larger volumes of these items linked to than I would normally buy. Use your judgment in the quantities you purchase, and feel free to Google for other suppliers if desired. I do absolutely always buy at least 10 of any nib I plan to use regularly.
More Info About Calligraphy Supplies
I have many blog articles planned to discuss these supplies in great detail, so check back each week to see what’s new on the blog.