HOLY INK DROPS, BATMAN!

Write Like a Scribe

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These few days, I’ve been reading a book so that I can submit a book review to a journal. It’s often the case that academic books can get rather boring. I decided the best way to make things interesting is to attempt calligraphy while I make annotations. So I took out my trusty dip nib a bottle of ink! My …

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Chinese Islamic Calligraphy

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Every year, during Ramadan (the Islamic period of fasting), there will be a huge bazaar (Pasar Ramadan) set up around the Geylang Serai area, around Paya Lebar MRT station. I’m told that this year is the largest bazaar ever. In the huge tent just in front of the SingPost building (there are several huge tents all over the area), I …

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The Pilot “Tank” Non-Self Filling Fountain Pen (a.k.a Pilot Vintage Fountain Pen)

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I recently discovered a lovely little gem in Mustafa! Here is the Pilot Tank Non-Self Filling Fountain Pen I don’t know what its official name is. The salesman referred to it simply as a vintage Pilot pen. It’s not really a vintage pen, it’s more like a modern re-creation of a vintage edition. Some websites call it the Pilot Tank Non-Self …

Daiso Fountain Pen

Daiso Fountain Pen

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I finally got a hold of the famous yet almost-impossible-to-find Daiso fountain pen! The reason why this pen is so difficult to find is because many pen enthusiasts have bought so many of these pens that stocks of this pen are cleared regularly in a very short span of time. By the time you see reports of sightings of this …

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Hero Fountain Pen Ink

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I was recently introduced to the Hero fountain pen ink, and I must say, I was very impressed! Hero is a huge stationery brand in China. Don’t let the “Made in China” label fool you. Many of their pens are actually very nice to write with even though it’s just a few dollars! This is the one brand where a …

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Fountain Pen Nib Grinding

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Well, once again, I’ve ground another fountain pen nib. I was experimenting with it to see if I could get a thin nib, but that didn’t go well. So, to salvage the situation, I ground it further to get a calligraphy tip. As you can see, the tip is not round as a ball anymore. What can you do with …

Merry Christmas Everybody!

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Merry Christmas! Here’s a painting I did today. Have yourself a merry little Christmas, Let your heart be light From now on, our troubles will be out of sight Have yourself a merry little Christmas, Make the Yule-tide gay, From now on, our troubles will be miles away. Here we are as in olden days, Happy golden days of yore. …

Star Wars Chinese Brush Painting

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I saw a t-shirt design by Sebastien Ducourtieux on Threadless t-shirts (link here). The design is that of a storm trooper, but done in a Chinese/Japanese brush painting style. I’d thought I’d give it a try. Looks simple enough to paint using a calligraphy brush. So here it is: (Credit: Original design by Sebastien Ducourtieux http://www.threadless.com/profile/1418460)

Bamboo on a Full Moon

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The holidays is a great time to practice art. Recently, I borrowed 3 books on calligraphy painting from the library. Got the idea to paint this a picture in one of the books. It’s far from an exact replica. The original picture is far more complicated (and the moon is perfectly round compared to this =P ). Thus far, the …

Bamboo (竹)

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Here’s another attempt at painting with a Chinese calligraphy brush. I had to buy a brand new brush dedicated for painting because the previous attempt almost destroyed my writing brush. It’s amazing what books you can find at the Architecture section of the University’s library. I was able to paint this thanks to a very useful book. The book is …