Thanks to all the readers who left cleaning suggestions in my "Garage Sale Calligraphy" post. On the past weekend, I finally got around to following through on some of those suggestions and I am happy to report that all went well. I soaked the nib in room-temperature water for a day, I didn't manage to wreck anything, and the nib now looks like new.
That said, I actually used one of the other nibs - the broad version - for my first attempts at calligraphy as I thought that might make things a bit easier. My first impressions of calligraphy practice is that it is much harder than it looks and it is quite fun as well. Slowly forming the letters and filling page after page with them is a very relaxing activity as well. As you can see from the picture, I haven't got as far as words yet - I'm still working on the individual letters and getting used to the pen, to the angle at which I have to hold the pen, etc.
Although many of the letters are still far from the way I want them to look, I am still excited by how some of them are turning out already. Suddenly even a simply page of letters in alphabetical order looks much more impressive and important. I especially love the shading. These are some of my favourite letters so far:
I'm really enjoying my calligraphy practice so far, and I think it will be a nice relaxing activity to indulge in after a stressful day of classes. I look forward to trying out the other ink colours, as well as the medium and fine nibs.