2. Pointed Pen Calligraphy 101: Setting and holding the oblique holder

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Tutorial No. 2 covers: Setting the nib in an oblique holder Preparing a new nib How to hold the oblique pen The tripod and death grip Full …



  1. MeLinda C November 9, 2014 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much! This video is exactly what I have been needing. I knew I had to be doing something wrong and assumed it was either incorrect nib position or incorrect grip, but after watching this video I realized I have simply been holding my pen way too tightly! A simple fix, but has made a world of difference for me. I have multiple instructional books but there is no way I would have figured out my exact problem without this video. 

  2. Anna Carlos December 19, 2014 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    Thank you! Your videos have been very informative and you've definitely taught me so much! I'm so notorious with the dreaded death grip! I always thought I need to control the pen or else i won't get the strokes right! THANK YOU so much for this! 

  3. Олег Остроушко January 31, 2015 at 5:14 pm - Reply


  4. Atelier Novotny February 12, 2015 at 9:39 am - Reply

    Your videos are very inspiring. I've watched most of them and even re-watched a few. Very enjoyable, I'm glad you keep making them.

  5. Leah Poulsen February 16, 2015 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the videos! Do you have any tips for too much ink on the nib? I try scraping the excess off but I still seem to get too much ink and it comes out globby…any suggestions? I noticed you don't have to scrape the excess off yours…

  6. Arjuna Vempati March 5, 2015 at 7:22 am - Reply

    your skin is white and voice is black but the content is amazing

  7. Ali Seiffouri April 7, 2015 at 10:58 pm - Reply

    Thanks for your great videos.
    What is the brand of your oblique holder? I see that it has a screw to adjust the angle.

  8. Mad Claw April 19, 2015 at 2:46 am - Reply

    Thanks for the great videos. I never thought about cleaning my nibs. I always wonder why are there droplet of ink on the under side of the nib.

  9. Michael Ashby May 5, 2015 at 3:17 am - Reply

    I must have watched a hundred videos trying to learn what you have shown in only a few. Thank you for explaining the fundamentals to a "newbie"! Very well done.

  10. Anita Orban-Magashazy June 7, 2015 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    Hi, I love your videos. I have just started to learn calligraphy and my question is how to make this lovely thin strokes? I try without pressure, but still I don`t have that big contrast between my strokes. What am I doing wrong?

  11. Чеслав Мерк July 23, 2015 at 2:37 am - Reply

    I did not understand how to hold a pen. Show one thing and keep themselves differently.

  12. robawi diyar September 1, 2015 at 3:22 am - Reply

    i like your holder, where can i buy it?

  13. Tzu Hua Ying September 12, 2015 at 5:39 am - Reply

    very useful for the very beginners! Thanks a lot!

  14. Shalynn Moser September 19, 2015 at 1:11 am - Reply

    Very good video! Can you recommend a good cheap paper to practice on? I'm currently using a Rhodia pad which is nice, but I'm afraid to go crazy practicing because it's so expensive ? Others I've tried are too absorbent and bleed. Thanks

  15. ermonnezza74 September 19, 2015 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    Hello, may I ask you how did you fix your camera to do this video? thanks

  16. saionjik October 28, 2015 at 1:27 am - Reply

    I watch this video every time I come back from a break in practice. 'Where's the video with the oblique pen girl with the accent?'

  17. Tanveer Singh January 8, 2016 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    Very nice tutorial… Thanks

  18. Don Miller February 19, 2016 at 12:58 am - Reply

    I have a good friend who's daughter just started 1st grade last fall. My friend found out from his daughter that the school she attends has no course of study for penmanship and does not teach cursive writing. What they teach the children is keyboarding, i.e, typing.

    The school explained to my friend that keyboarding on personal computers and laptops combined with texting on mobile devices is the future and no one will need to know how to actually write on paper anymore. Can you imagine?
    So calligraphy may be a dying art.

  19. Ellen Josephine February 26, 2016 at 12:14 am - Reply

    very good explanations! 🙂 a pity that the sound quality is so bad 🙁

  20. Marcelo Croce March 30, 2016 at 4:14 am - Reply

    Preparing the nib advice is very useful. I had that problem

  21. John Tsatoke April 15, 2016 at 11:13 pm - Reply

    What holder is she using in this video? If any knows it would be very helpful.

  22. the98liner April 16, 2016 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    Hi, when you dip the nib into the rubbing alcohol, do you dip it right up to the flange or just to the level at which the ink is going to be?

  23. Looking For Adventure Art June 27, 2016 at 1:54 am - Reply

    This video was so helpful! Any recommendations where to get an oblique holder? I can't wait to start trying all this! How long have you been practicing?

  24. 2pixel.net June 30, 2016 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    Great Info. Very in depth.

  25. Michael Petersen July 17, 2016 at 3:19 am - Reply

    can you get a Speedball Oblique Pen that takes ink cartridges…???

  26. Larry Berrones August 13, 2016 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    What type of holder is yours? The name of your holder, and where do you buys your at, the nibs are Zebra G is that right, what size nibs?

  27. Kayla Spicer August 14, 2016 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    rip headphones

  28. Larry Berrones August 24, 2016 at 7:03 am - Reply

    How does the nib hold the ink with out a feed. What makes the ink stick to the steel nib? How much ink can the nib hold. My nib may write 3 to 6 words, shouldn't the nib write a whole sentence or two. All so does it matter what type of ink well or bottle you use. I just the bottle the ink comes in.

  29. Larry Berrones August 24, 2016 at 7:07 am - Reply

    I saw how far you dip your nib, I haven been just enough to cover the tip or a little more. But I'll try that.

  30. Larry Berrones August 25, 2016 at 9:53 am - Reply

    It's getting better the more I practice now I won't be able to write like you cause you do some beautiful writing,

  31. Lee Longden September 1, 2016 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    ive just got the 5 spencerian exercise books would it be a good idea to practice with a dip pen or just use a normal pen

  32. Velvajean Trapp December 14, 2016 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    What ink would you suggest? I find some that say they are for calligraphy are thin. I have been using a brush for my gold writing ink. Thank you?

  33. hingginchu January 14, 2017 at 5:21 am - Reply

    That's a very flexible nib. I've got myself a set of speedball nibs just to try out. They ran out of ink real quickly. Any recommendations for better alternatives?

  34. Michael Petersen February 21, 2017 at 7:09 am - Reply

    is there room in the holder for a regular cartridge fountain pen….???

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