Let's get straight to it. If you purchase ink in small containers that are ready for use at the get-go, you spend more money. If you purchase a larger quantity of ink you save money. The thing is, you'll have to transfer your ink to a ready-for-use container. Below, on the left is a large quantity of Yasutomo Sumi ink for $13 (6oz), on the right Speedball ink for $3 (.4oz). You can fit 15 of them in the 6oz bottle. $3 X 15 = $45.
Let me say that Sumi Ink is a different animal then Speedball Calligraphy Ink. So 15 small Sumi bottles would be EVEN MORE! But I've never seen Yasutomo Sumi Ink in less than 2oz anyway. You get the point though. Enough math. Let's move on.
"Hands down, glass is best to work from
and for long term storage."
So, what and where do you get small glass containers? I started by looking around what I already had. As a re-purposer, I prefer this. If you have it, use it! I had quite a time searching round my house. Come along with me and avoid the pit-falls...
OK, so on top of the fact that I insist on using my two reams of really bad paper to make my envelopes (hence all the ink bleeding in my calligraphy), things sometimes just get messy.
After you spend time making your letter just perfect things just happen.
"You have to roll with the stamps here."
Today I decided that instead of an ink blot I was gonna send off an INK WHISPER! =) You just have to turn it around. The way I see it, this person probably never had an Ink Whisper (can't you hear it?) sent to them in their whole life, and here I am helping them get that off their bucket list and stuff.
I'm sure you have stories from your desk blotter. What have you turned into a positive? —Keep Scribbling!
Got your attention didn't I? Well this time the free stuff is for me. (well most of this will go out in my letters I'm sure) But I still have a good lead for you. See that loot above? I got it for free. No, I didn't pummel a crafter outside Michael's and then make a run for the car. (I would advise against that if you're looking to keep your mug off your local police blotter.)
Instead I acquired it all from freecycle.org. It's sort of like craigslist but it's just people getting rid of stuff or wanting stuff.
"The contingency is that
it has to be FREE."
I was trying to get rid of a piece of furniture once and a friend turned me onto it. Worked like a charm. It's so easy...
One of the best ways to improve on something is to keep doing it, right? I'm enjoying the practice. I have to find my way through all the online hub-bub on calligraphy supplies. I'm not finding much locally.
I will say that while I haven't done Calligraphy in 20 years I'm still grateful for having done it before. I'm experiencing less frustration I think. Hopefully I haven't spoken too soon! Try an ink scribble!
Hello, I’m Nina, the maven behind the
IQS blog. I’m all about creativity (ya think?).
I work in several disciplines. So it's no surprise that the Art of Letter Writing would come knocking on my door. Smitten!
However, I did not want to simply add MailArt as a discipline to my website. Thus it became the IQS Blog within my site. And that is why there are TWO navigation menus. *Here’s a Tip: stick with the BLOG Menu in this Column. The main site menu will lead you astray into dark places where you will be screaming for help and no one will hear you.
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