Calligraphy by Stefanie Weigele

A long overdue letter to a generous and wonderful new pen pal! Written with my newly acquired, sturdy Brandauer Times Pen no. 531.

A long overdue letter to a generous and wonderful new pen pal! Written with my newly acquired, sturdy Brandauer Times Pen no. 531.

Detail from an envelope for a dear old friend, as you can see I am working on a freehand version of Spencerian … and I found a way to write ‘ß’ that looks ok!

Detail from an envelope for a dear old friend, as you can see I am working on a freehand version of Spencerian … and I found a way to write ‘ß’ that looks ok!

#latergram of outgoing snailmail … still very Blue themed.

#latergram of outgoing snailmail … still very Blue themed.

Here’s some outgoing mail to a sweet pen pal … still summerly themed, though it’s so grey today. Sorry about all the challenges, I just don’t have time for these at the moment!!

Here’s some outgoing mail to a sweet pen pal … still summerly themed, though it’s so grey today. Sorry about all the challenges, I just don’t have time for these at the moment!!

I bought a box of them (opened, but quite full) on EBay. They’re not exactly delicate, or fine, or very flexible, but I think I will definitely find some use for it!! And I have a feeling they will work on very difficult paper too. Brandauer Times Pen No. 531. And I’m tired, so good night to you all!

I bought a box of them (opened, but quite full) on EBay. They’re not exactly delicate, or fine, or very flexible, but I think I will definitely find some use for it!! And I have a feeling they will work on very difficult paper too. Brandauer Times Pen No. 531. And I’m tired, so good night to you all!

Wrapping up an ink sample for a colleague in graphic design and lettering – I hope it arrives safely!

Wrapping up an ink sample for a colleague in graphic design and lettering – I hope it arrives safely!

I have recently been asked What inks are you using, when you write in white or light blue? This needs to be a quite opaque ink, right?

So here’s my answer: Thanks for your question! If I want to write in white, I use Dr. Martin’s Bleedproof White, you can order it for example from Blots Pen & Ink Supplies (UK) or from John Neal Bookseller (USA). I tried a variety of white inks, and this is in my experience the best for writing with pointed pen and regarding opaqueness. (It is also recommended by professional calligraphers of international standing, I learned about it at a workshop with the amazing Barbara Calzolari.) You have to dilute it though to write properly with it!

It goes like this: you add some drops of distilled water, then stir gently with a toothpick only the surface of the ink with the water, until you get some ink with the consistency of cream. For easier use I take out this liquid with a plastic pipette and fill it in a smaller container like a Dinky Dip. Now you can dip your nib and start writing! As you see, this ink makes very fine hairlines and very clean, precise writing possible. 

For other light colors I like to use Ziller’s inks, they come in 10 colors which are mixable. The process is basically the same as with the Bleedproof White – these inks also need to be diluted (but not so heavily), so that they don’t blot or drop, or produce too thick lines. They are also waterproof once dry! Nearly all colored scripts you see in my blog are written with Ziller’s inks.

Of course you can also use Artist’s or Calligraphy Gouache – I just don’t have so much experience with those.

So have fun – writing in white is beautiful!

My post for @imheebs most generous giveaway contest!! I am not sure if the style fits the content, but I’m working on a somewhat looser script and can’t do anything more formal at the moment … it’s about one of my favourite fictional characters, Dr. Daruwalla from John Irving’s Son of the Circus.

My post for @imheebs most generous giveaway contest!! I am not sure if the style fits the content, but I’m working on a somewhat looser script and can’t do anything more formal at the moment … it’s about one of my favourite fictional characters, Dr. Daruwalla from John Irving’s Son of the Circus.

#Latergram of an envelope to a pen pal, I hope it arrived already by now!

#Latergram of an envelope to a pen pal, I hope it arrived already by now!

#latergram of a letter to a dear, talented and generous penpal far, far away, that finally arrived!

#latergram of a letter to a dear, talented and generous penpal far, far away, that finally arrived!