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My interest started when I saw handwritten calligraphy wedding invites .  It took me much longer to take pictures.  I’d position the invites in such a way to capture the depth of the letter press and the strokes and swirls.  Those thin fine lines and those lovely fat thick lines.  I joined the workshop of La Bella Scrittura in Cebu.  I took that opportunity to learn the basics. Half day wasn’t enough!  I practiced at home.  I bought papers (has to be 300 gsm), inks, brush pens, and nibs. More of hoarded really!  It became the replacement of those stationaries I used to collect as a kid.

My love affair with nibs and the smell of ink became unstoppable. There was a point though when I began to question where I was headed with this.  Why write endlessly and do drills tirelessly.  What was my purpose really?  It gave me great satisfaction alright.  It was  a form of therapy, but then what??   All I know is I want to learn some more.  Be more graceful with my strokes.  Master the capital letters (because I suck at it).

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I’m happy that calligraphy supplies are now available in Cebu.  You can get them from Joan & Klaire.

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They also have worksheets you can practice writing on.  The Rhodia notebook I bought from Fully Booked.

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I practice using the Higgins ink.  The walnut ink is pretty too. I bought the Dr. Ph Marins and japanese looking bottle of ink from Craft Carrot.

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My favorite nib is the Nikko G.  Fave pen holder is the Kuretake comic pen nib holder.

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My growing nib collection.

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I’m doing drills before I do Apron Strings.  It’s a brand of hand made soap.  You gotta try ’em soap.