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Behind the Scenes

Seven – A Video




In Behind the Scenes, Calligraphy, Videos, Work in Progress

My new demonstration video is live! In this video I calligraph the word “seven” — one in a series of 22 table number signs I was creating for a wedding in St. Louis. This extra-bold lettering style of mine — which uses double-thick downstrokes and touch-ups with a small paintbrush — is one I call Bunny. (See more of my styles here.) Enjoy!

For those of you learning calligraphy, tell me: is this sort of video helpful? Would you like me to make more? If so, are there any particular techniques you’d like me to share?


Supplies featured in this video:
  • Brause EF66 nib
  • Dr. Ph. Martin’s Pen-White Ink mixed with a little water
  • A very tiny paintbrush
  • Black bristol paper
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  1. Dear Molly, I practise calligraphy when I have time. It relaxes me ! Your videos are like a gift because it helps me very much. It is very kind and generous from you to share your work like that.
    I would like to know how you wash your nibs, especially the white ink, which is very particular (I use nail polish remover, but I am not sure it is the good thing to use !!!).
    Merci encore pour cette superbe video et à bientôt !

  2. I thought this video was awesome. Thank you for sharing.

  3. I just recently discovered your blog and am so glad I did. I find your videos very helpful and would love to see one on how you center names and addresses on envelopes. Since names and addresses have varying amounts of letters and spaces, I’m a mess when it comes to doing them. You have a trick?

  4. I very much love that you share you process and your tools!!

  5. Yes, they are incredibly helpful! Please keep making them. :)

  6. Yes, please please please keep making videos like this. For those of us in smaller far off locales (New Zealand) they are invaluable.

    Thank you so much for sharing.

  7. Your videos like this are extremely helpful! It’s so much more valuable to be able to see what strokes you’re using to create the letters, and my favorite part is your list of supplies :) With so many calligraphy supply options out there, it’s nice to see what other calligraphers use and trust. Thanks!

  8. I think this was a wonderful video! I’d love to see more of them. I also really appreciate the listing of your supplies. Your calligraphy is so beautiful!

  9. Love your site Molly – your blog has always been such an inspiration – loving the new format and all the amazing projects you’ve taken on in the last 2 years.

    I realize you also have a background in graphic design, but since you asked what else people would be interested in seeing – I’ve decided this year to learn more about working with my calligraphy in a digital medium – not really for fonts, more for websites or printing my own stationery. I can take tutorials on the steps in illustrator /photoshop, but more the steps leading up to that… Can you just use normal ink, is one better than another? Paper? Do you wait until you have the one perfect version of all pieces or can you Frankenstein the best ones together? Scanning settings that would be good to recommend?

    Thanks again for making these – so cool to watch you work!

  10. I just found your blog via Pinterest and I am SO excited.

    I’ve finally started learning calligraphy and YES, YES, YES….please continue to do videos of this sort. The visual is incredibly helpful and I love being able to see the techniques in motion.

    Thank you so much for the inspiration!

  11. First off, I love your style. Your work is amazing and beautiful!

    Yes, please keep the videos coming! I learning calligraphy (mostly self-taught) so its great to see live action of a professional creating something. I also find it incredibly helpful that you list your tools and materials. Being a beginner I’m not really sure what to use, what materials are best, etc.

    Keep up the great work!

  12. I love your videos! Not only are they just fun to watch, but helpful in watching your technique. I am fairly new with calligraphy and love hearing what tools/ink/paper people prefer. Keep sharing!

  13. I love your videos. My favorite has been the watercolor place cards and I’ve been waiting for the right opportunity to make them. I would love to see a video in which you address an envelope start to finish. Do you draw guidelines? How do you center the calligraphy? How much time do you spend on each one? That’s what I’d love to watch you do.

  14. I do not have a graphic design or art background, but have found a love for pointed pen writing. Please continue to share your talents and resources!

  15. I love the videos! Your work is so beautiful and it is fun to see you in action. I would love to see how you mix your inks. I was taught using gouache ink and have a hard time getting the right consistency sometimes. Thank you so much for sharing your work! It is so inspiring!

    Also, any chance you will be teaching in Northern California anytime soon?

  16. Yes! I love your videos. And I’m so glad you write what nibs and ink you’re using too :)

  17. Very helpful! I never though of a double down stroke. I just assumed you achieved such thick lines by applying more pressure. Thanks!

  18. hello,

    i’m new here but already LOVE your site, unique styles and beautiful works of art. i am SO going to buy your new book…too bad i must wait another month for it!

    my current question about handwriting/callig: how to vary the baseline ( on purpose ) w/ hills and valley’s…as i’ve seen on envelopes, invites and logos ? so cute/less rigid/contemporary :)

    thank you and CONGRATS on your new book~


  19. This is so helpful. I especially like that you didn’t speed it up so we can see how much time it actually takes to get it right, and you show the whole process from beginning to end.

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