Hi! Lots of things happened during the past few months (90% work-related, LOL), and I’m really thankful now that I have at least a bit of time to write. Anyway, I went to an introductory workshop on calligraphy last week!

I initially had the idea of going to a La Bella Scrittura workshop but my friend Yanna invited me to go to another workshop, led by Alessandra Lanot of I’ve heard about Alessa lots of times before through my sister who has gone to her workshops as well. Last September, my sister tagged me along to Alessa’s Temporary Watercolor Tattoo Party at Pino Jupiter.

I can’t recall when and how I got so interested in calligraphy, but it has always amazed, and well, frustrated me. Art always frustrates me, anyway. So a few days after Yanna texted me that I join her, I signed myself up for Alessa’s workshop.

The workshop was held at Pipino Malingap last October 11, from 2 to 5 in the afternoon. We had lunch with a few friends from college before going there. BTW, this was the day when the Quezon City Food Festival was held.

The kit includes a practice guide, two nib holders (one is wooden, the other is oblique), two nibs (a G nib and a mapping nib–the latter is smaller), and a bottle of Dr. Ph. Martin’s ink (I got a blue one), plus a pencil and an eraser. The paper used for the practice guide was 100 GSM, the optimal paper quality for calligraphy. Apparently, Moleskine paper sucks for calligraphy, so… goodbye, Moleskine. JUST KIDDING.

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Alessa gave a lecture on the basics of calligraphy: the kinds of calligraphy, the parts of the nib, and tips on creating a style, among others. It was then followed with movement drills and exercises on letters. The thick parts of the strokes are made by applying pressure to the nib, and can only be done with downward strokes. Learning how the technique is done was really cool.

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