So, it's October, and while I might not be participating, a lot of you are doing some "Inktober" stuff, so I thought I'd do a quick journal on using ink.
so let's start with a big one."Jet, I've had my calligraphy pens for a while. I try to keep then clean, but I've got some ink on it that I just can't get off with any ease."
Well, you're in luck! As it so happens, there's a common house hold item that is just GREAT for cleaning off ink!
Or fake Windex. The thing that makes Windex and copycat window cleaners great for cleaning calligraphy pens is the ammonia. Of course, handle with care. Don't huff the Windex! I don't know if it would make you high or anything, buuuuuut it's probably not smart.
In any case, dip a cotton swab in some Windex and then use it to scrub down your nibs.
"Jet, I bought some ink, but it's just too runny. When I start drawing, it bleeds into the paper in a way that just isn't flattering."
Once again, this is something that can be fixed with a household product. Well, household if you have a younger sibling or a child in the house, or for some reason you're in school and it's required. Either way, it's not expensive to buy. You wanna know what it is?
THAT'S RIGHT! Simple glue. Like, Elmer's Glue, and stuff like Elmer's Glue. If you don't have Elmer's Glue in your country, use the glue that children use. The good old, non-toxic, milky white, only good for use on paper glue.
What you want to do is add a little at a time. Don't add too much. Then you close the ink jar and shake it up. Afterwards, test it out. If it fixed the problem of it being runny, congrats. You've fixed your cheap ink. If it doesn't work, just add more.
Now, if you don't have glue at home, you might as well buy the higher quality ink, rather than pay for both, unless paying for the cheap ink and the glue is cheaper. But if you have glue and don't want to spend the extra on good ink, or if the only ink you have available where you live is cheap ink, glue is certainly a great thing to have!"Jet, Jet! Um, so, I want to use a ruler with my calligraphy pen, buuuuuuuut all that does is spread ink everywhere. I can't make a straight line to save my life. Help!"
Okay, let's try out some options. All you really need is some space between the edge of the ruler, and the paper. For example, I have a metal ruler some cardboard glued on that I cut from the back of a large used bristol pad. However, this same ruler originally came with cork on on the bottom to give that space. You can buy this in an office store.
I know from experience that not everybody has an office store, so another option is you could buy a regular plastic ruler and tape some pennies, or dimes, or whatever small coins you happen to have to the bottom of it."Jet! Jeeeeeeeeeeet! I want to get a liner brush, but I'm SOL on that front. I'd have to order one online, but they're expensive."
Just go to Wal-mart or a store with an arts and crafts section, buy a bag full of cheap water color brushes, and you're good enough to go. Plenty of them come with decent enough liner brushes. Just make sure you check before you buy. You don't want to get home with your cheap pack of brushes, open them up, and see that they're all much too big.