Wow—What a ride! I started dabbling in brush calligraphy almost
three four years ago. I’ve mostly self-studied—I practiced, toiled, researched, bought books, copied, bought materials, experimented, tried, failed, practiced some more. I’ve also joined around three (or two?) workshops just to make sure I’m on the right path and not doing anything that harms my hands/posture/muscle memory in the long run.
Since I first mentioned calligraphy here last 2014, I think I’ve grown quite a bit (and still growing!) and have expanded my “repertoire”. From the brush calligraphy I posted about here that seriously makes me cringe now, I’ve since dabbled with watercolors, pointed pens, different sorts of brush pens, chalk, and more! I’ve also scored some projects for weddings (One was my cousin’s invitation design, and another project were place cards for a Teddy Manuel wedding :o)!
A career change last 2016 halted my exploration into calligraphy though, and the last “real” creation I made was for a quirky little post card/ calligraphy corner in the café I now manage and co-own. My thought process there was, “Well, no one’s giving me a gallery so might as well make one myself!” Haha! It’s still up there now with a little card that advertises my little calligraphy Instagram account that I’ve pretty much ignored for a year.
I’ve never stopped writing though! I always have a brush pen with me at all times (either a Tombow or my handy Pilot Petit3 Fude Brush Pen) so I can quickly whip it out whenever the fancy to write strikes me.
Writing this post makes me long for the days where I used to do this nearly everyday. I’ve actually been toting my lovely Century Oblique pointed pen and a bottle of walnut ink to work lately. I really wish I can pick up the habit once more—It was incredibly satisfying to finish a piece and actually feel really proud of it. Wish me luck!