While this post shares tools for lefties, it does not contain tutorials or demonstrations on how to use them. Each of the left-handed calligraphers in this post share their extensive experience on their individual blogs and social media accounts (check for links at the bottom of this post).
The information in this post was provided by my amazing left-handed calligrapher friends:
Pointed Pen Calligraphy
Selecting holders, nibs, ink, and paper can be a challenge when the options are so vast. Here are some recommendations for lefties practicing pointed pen:
Hands down, each of my lefty calligrapher friends expressed their preference for the straight holder. They explained that the oblique holder did not feel right and that the straight holder felt more natural and easier to control. For beginners, try the Speedball straight holder since it is relatively inexpensive and does the job.
- Hunt 101
- Zebra G
- Tachikawa G
- Vintage Esterbrook
- Gilliot 1068a
- Brause 66ef
- Brause Rose
- Brause 511
- Moon Palace Black Sumi Ink
- Gouche (dries faster, thus less likely to smudge)
- Watercolor (try the Finetec palette)
- Rhodia notepads (smooth and nibs don’t get caught so easily)
- Regular printer paper for practice (relatively inexpensive)
Here are some recommended brush pens for lefties practicing brush calligraphy:
- Tombow dual brush pens (easy to use)
- Tombow Fudenosuke soft tip (easy to use)
- Daiso Zebra Brush
- Daiso Platinum Brush
- Daiso Red Chiyogami Fude Pen
- Daiso Gold and Black Fude Pen
- Aquash Water Brush
- Princeton Select (rounded tip)
Where to buy calligraphy supplies
Research your town to see if there are local art stores that you can visit in-person. Otherwise, try ordering online from the following places:
See lefty-calligraphers in action!
For tutorials, videos, and demonstrations of my lefty friends using calligraphy tools, check out their websites and social media accounts:
Lauren: Instagram, Blog (coming soon!)
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It’s your turn!
What are your favorite calligraphy tools?
Where are your favorite places to purchase calligraphy supplies?
What questions do you have about tools for left-handed calligraphers?
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