Lettering Supplies Supplied

To write or not to write?

That is the question.

I am deeply bothered by how lengthy the time passed that I have not updated my blog and I am incredibly sorry for the lag.

What Supplies?

Last week tons of pretty people have been asking me:

Oh! How do you write these? Do you use a normal pen or a vintage kind of hassle, dipping a feathered quill in ink?

And I answer,

I don’t see any feathered pens nowadays but these are what I use:

Lettering Supplies

Lettering starter kit



What I use kit

Simbalion watercolor cake (8 colors)


Lettering manual by Abbey Sy

Kuretake water brush pen fine pointed tip

(i like this because its portable )


1 Sakura Brush pen

Sketch Pad/ Watercolor Pad

About  150.00?

2 Water brush pens

3 Fine, round, pointed brushes

Watercolor set of 12 tubes

Watercolor Pad (20 leaves)

Dotted Pad (50 leaves)

2 Plain Craft Notebooks (60 leaves)





At the left side is a kit complete from lettering how-to’s to the papers best used for the job. And the other side is what I have and what I use. If you can afford the kit then, good for you! But if you are suffering from money deficiency like me, then my kit is what you can start with.

With my kit, you can exchange the watercolor cake with a watercolor set (220.00 for 12 colors)


if you’re quite experienced with using watercolors. I also use the Kuretake water brush because you can put water inside the holder and use it anywhere without having to worry about water.







I don’t know how much the pad costs but make sure it can handle water because if not, your paper will wrinkle, your art ruined. I got mine as a gift so I don’t know what is the normal price range.

Here’s another list of things to hoard/ buy: hahaha!

Calligraphy Supplies

Scribbling Kit



Gillot 404 or a Nikko G

pointed nib


Scribble Manual

Straight holder


Set of 6 nibs

Black ink


Speedball oblique holder

Scribble Pad

(for practice)



Standard straight holder

Rhodia staple bound pad A5


Scribble Pad

10 sheets of black paper

Walnut ink

India ink

2 glass jars

Gum Arabic

(ink thickener)

Paper Sampler





The right side are the basic things you need. I got all of them except for the Rhodia pad. I tried it and it is really nice to write with but I don’t have one yet (nagpaparinig, or in this case, nagpapabasa haha!).

For those of you who doesn’t know, here is what a nib looks like:


You can buy different colors of ink but make sure it’s a calligraphy ink. You can ask the ladies at the store (at the scribe megamall)  if you’re not sure which is which. They’re really helpful and I learned from them what to do with the gum arabic which I think you wouldn’t need yet.

Where oh where can it be?

Everything can be bought at Scribe Writing Essentials, The Invitation House, or at a big National bookstore. I am quite a fan of Craft Central because they’re a one stop shop for calligraphy needs. I don’t think they have an actual store but their products are available at these stores. I usually buy at Megamall at level 4 Fashion Hall since I’m nearest there.

There you go gals and girls! I hope this helps. Remember! Don’t go crazy with the shopping! You just need the basic. What I do is set up a task, (learn a new hand-lettered font) then reward myself with a new ink or a new nib. Its fun and economical that way. Haha!


Happy Writing! 🙂



Styles of Calligraphy

It has become increasingly difficult to figure out what to write. Since I really started writing to help you start practicing and yet I post some of the least things you would want to know about. I am also ecstatic to show you the practice sheets, but I figured, you really need to learn the basics.

Early on my research (surfing the net), I have crossed upon the experts of calligraphy. It’s the IAMPETH- the International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting. They are a non-profit organization that strives to preserve the art of calligraphy. In short, they too have tutorials. I found a lot of helpful insights from their page.

To find your own style of calligraphy, you need to know all about the basics. I would like to show you the earliest kinds of script writing.


I got this at this link which also explains the brief history of how these writings evolved.

One of the true essence of writing, like any other art, is that we all have a unique perspective at it. Your handwritings show who you really are. What you are doing now is exploring more possibilities, of writing, of yourself.

Faux Calligraphy and the Real Deal

I have tried using a dip pen and I was really excited about it. And then it smeared. And then it blots. And then it catches on the fibers of paper. It took me 5 notebooks I got to write really pretty. I know I still have a lot to learn with the techniques on holding the pen, the kind of paper to be used and if I have to thicken my ink, but I enjoy using the dip pen. So if you got any pen lying around, faux calligraphy is your jam.

The basics of calligraphy? Thin upstrokes and thick downstrokes.


The faux is the less intimidating one. I can’t find the words to describe it so here’s a gif:


The only rule is to keep the upstroke thin and the downstroke thick. Pay attention to the measure of your letters. They should be neatly along the lines. Remember how you wrote your name from blue to blue? The same rule applies to faux.

Just PRACTICE! It takes a lot of practice to perfect those curved thin and thick lines. I prefer practicing on a Grade 1 Pad paper. The rows are farther apart and easier to write with if you have big letters.

The Deal

There you go ladies and men-who-want-beautiful-cursives! I need to see how you do it. PLEASE! Tag me @fauxk to show your works and I will choose one artwork to feature here in my blog!! You can tag your entries starting now until February 14,2016. I should post your work by that day too. 🙂

Oh by the way, there’s an event at Glorietta 2 this Feb 13, 2016. Calligraphy workshop+Poetry reading event. So perrrfect for me and my friends. Registrations are free and I would love it if you join us there! Here’s the details. Do come over, I wanna see you! We’ll have lots of fun 🙂

Kalyeegraphy starts NOW

Hello Kalyeegrawannabes!

I apologize for the waiting. I feel so bad for being late. I really wanted to post something, but I just had to at least start a bit of this blog. Yes!! A BLOG!! And yes! I changed the name. It seems that people thought it was kalye (street) and not kal ye -> (you). I wanted to include the audience with the brand and it seemed so awkward to read Kalyougraphy (which is true, hahaha). And so.. the Kalyeegraphy to correct how you say it. Kalyography is not such a bad idea too haha!

I am so excited to show you the first strokes we need to know to get started.  That means I’ll be including in all my discussions, a youtube video, a link where you can download a practice sheet, and some things I learned from my own practicing. Will be posting it one by one at different times of the day (I’m not sure when, but it surely will be posted).

This post is extremely dedicated to assess your Kalyeegrahistory skills and to power up that flame called “I’d love to write that way, if only I know how”. And so, to start with, please watch this video I meticulously searched to give you a basic outlook WHAT IS CALLIGRAPHY:


Follow me on instagram @gianniwrites because if you don’t, haha, I don’t know. Just follow me on instagram. Please. I’ll be posting there the links for the practice sheets. Yes, this is blackmail.