I want to know a great many things whenever I am looking to buy new calligraphy nibs. Unfortunately a beautifully lit macro photo of a nib with just the name will not give me answers. Just hints and my next google search term, which will most probably throw the same macro picture at me and call it a success.
I have been getting quite a few questions on Instagram on the different ways I create my lettering videos. I have been promising you guys this Post for a while, so here it finally is. I hope this will answer all of your questions and help you guys out.
A quick overview on the different ways you can apply textures and gradients to text in the procreate app.
Brush used: Azim. Brush available for free
This is a very quick overview on how to use my Grid brushes
A quick Tutorial on wrapping text around image elements.
I’m doing this in Procreate App on an iPad Pro (9.7 inch) but the same concept applies to any app that comes with layer support and a brush tool
PLEASE READ ON FOR TIPS AND ANSWERS (nibs and Ink and Paper)
** NIB OPTIONS **
The Nib I am using is E.W. Leo Rose Nib. Supposedly most G-Nibs and Rose Nibs do work. I have tried John Mitchell’s Rose, Zebra G, Nikko G and Tachikawa G in my Ahab and even though I could fit all of them on there, most of the other nibs left quite a big gap between feed and nib which resulted in lots of railroading. You could fix that if you heat set the feed. Since the feed is made of ebonite it gets pliable when heated and so you should be able to fix any gaps. The E.W. Leo nib did not require heat setting, which is why I would recommend it, if you can find one. I got mine at a flea market, so I don’t really have any source I could recommend.
** INK **
This only works with a very wet flowing ink. I have tried it with Pelikan 4001 ink and have not gotten the pen to write, even if it had just been writing perfectly with Apache Sunset. Noodler’s Ink works great for that, but this will require you to use good bleed-proof paper.
** PAPER **
Since Noodler’s Ink had a tendency to bleed sometimes, and wet flowing inks in General have this tendency you should use high quality paper. If you get premium laserjet printer paper, Clairfontaine or Rhodia you should definitely be on the safe side.