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A Year of Calligraphy: Day 003

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A Year of Calligraphy: Day 003

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Up till now I've mostly worked with a Gillott 404 nib. I've found it to be pretty forgiving if I'm a little heavy handed. A fairly easy nib to work with. 

Today I decided to switch it up and use the 303. This one is a little more flexible and produces much more pronounced thicks and thins - which I love! 

Buuuut it's a completely different animal to work with. You need a very light touch or it gets stuck in the paper. I really got frustrated by this during my first go round with Copperplate calligraphy. I think I'm much more mindful of it now, and tonight I've had the most success I've had this far with the 303.

As a side note: it's a funny thing when you know what you want the results to look like but you just can't make your hand do what you want it to do. It feels weird putting these pictures up when I know there are flaws in them. But I do feel that being public about it is making me practice more. I just have to trust the process and believe that if I do put in the time the results will come.