The wonderful thing about learning calligraphy is you only need four essential – and very affordable – tools. Once you have the right ink, penholder, nib and paper, you’re ready to go. Though you will be tempted to buy pretty coloured inks and papers.
As with learning anything new, there are challenges. When you’re a beginner, it’s important to learn how to use your calligraphy tools, such as holding your pen properly with the nib at the correct angle. Once you master that skill, other challenges emerge, mostly centred around finding the right tools for the job. I have been asked to write on all kinds of materials, so sometimes trial and error is required to find the right combinations.