• art & design

    The Best Calligraphy Inks and Nibs

    I might be biased when I say this, but calligraphy is a fantastic form of art to try out. It’s great no matter if you’re looking for a hobby or something more serious. There’s so much you can do. From just improving your everyday handwriting to learning traditional scripts such as copperplate or Spencerian. Or you can even get artistic with lettering or graffiti. The world of calligraphy is literally whatever you make of it. So today I want to share some of what I think are the best calligraphy inks and nibs. Calligraphy depends on a few very basic tools. You’re going to need a medium and a tool…

  • books

    The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron – Will It Help You Be Creative?

    The Artist’s Way is one of these books I had heard people talking about, but never went much further than that. That was until I learned more about the process, and the routine of journaling, or writing morning pages every morning.  Over the years I have had to deal with anxiety and imposter syndrome, specifically related to my art. After learning about how journaling is incorporated into this process. Something I’ve been doing for years. I knew I had to give The Artist’s Way a try and see if it helped my creative process.  About The Artist’s Way The Artist’s Way, originally published in 1992, has become a cult-classic self-help-styled…

  • lifestyle

    Are Hogwarts Acceptance Letters Historically Accurate?

    Something which has never quite made sense about the Harry Potter universe is their rejection of muggle technology. JK Rowling makes it quite clear that Arthur Weasley is seen as an odd-ball because of his interest in all things muggle. In fact, the Wizarding World seems to be stuck in the Middle Ages in several different ways. You could argue that there is no need for electricity or modern transportation methods when you have a magic wand that lets you do almost anything. In some cases, the “muggle world” moved on from these older technologies for very good reasons. Today I want to take a look at the writing system…

  • books

    Craeft by Alexander Langlands (and Calligraphy)

    One of the most interesting classes I took at university was run by the fine art department. This class was about looking at spaces, the outcome was to be a response to a specific space. I ended up making a lantern which told the story of a witch trial which took place very close to me. Something which came out of this project was this idea that a connection to the land had been lost through the persecution of witches. Witches were more like herbalists and this knowledge had been lost because of the witch trials. It was an idea which fascinated me but as a design student, I was…

  • lifestyle

    Paper vs Digital: Which writing system is best?

    I graduated from university in 2021 and in my final year I chose to work on projects which would help me the most in the future. As such I chose to write my dissertation on handwriting. I’m now working as a freelance calligrapher so having the chance to combine research with practical knowledge was a fantastic opportunity. My dissertation specifically looked at handwriting and assessed the need for continuing handwriting education. With technological advancements handwriting as a skill is becoming less necessary in modern society. But this research led to an interesting question. Which is better, paper or digital based writing? The answer is complicated because it would be impossible…