What do you do?

I work with inks, paints, pens, nibs, brushes and a range of papers to create artistic, stylised or elegant hand writing & lettering for logos, envelopes & wall art.

What's a nib?

Inserted in the end of a holder, a nib is a thin piece of metal shaped to a point or an edge, with capillary channels to hold ink. Historically, the metal nib emerged in the 19th century, after reed and quill pens and before the fountain pen. 

Sumi? Walnut? Iron gall?

I use many ink types and colours and can mix custom colours to suit the job. I also use gouache paint for particular commissions. All the inks I use are waterproof when the work demands it, which is most of the time.

Just use a font, yeah?

Stop! Calligraphy, meaning 'beautiful writing', from the Greek  kallos ‘beauty’ + graphein ‘write’, is a visual art related to writing; calligraphers 'draw' letters. None of my work is computer generated.

I love your work and want to hire you to make something. Now what?

Collaboration, coffee and chats are the way. I'll listen and get a feel for what you want. There'll be sketches (& coffee), more chats & a maximum 3 drafts & 2 revisions until you're delighted! Also coffee. 

Custom designs - what can you do?

Bespoke return address stamps?
Check.

Logo design & Branding? I got you.

Tattoo designs? No problem.

Favourite poem? Easy peasy.

Wedding vows, wall murals, quotes? You know it.

I've seen a font I like on Etsy. Can you copy it please?

Nope. Nein. Non. Votch. Nie. Nage. 

All the inkrdbl scripts offered are on the Style Gallery pages.

Teach me the Way of The Brush... wait, is that even a thing?

Yes! ( Hitsuzendō in Japanese). But let's start with Contemporary Pointed Pen & work our way up to ...unification with the highest reality...

I host workshops most months at locations in Cardiff for calligraphy beginners.

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