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Notepads for Calligraphy: Which one’s for you?

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One of the major problems that a calligrapher would encounter is paper. You may have a good nib and quality ink, but if you’re just using a normal paper, sometimes things can go wrong. In fact, paper plays a huge role in creating any calligraphy work.

As seen in the picture above, using ink with a thin consistency bleeds and feathers through a normal paper, such as a bond paper (left). 

Bleeding or feathering happens when the paper you are using is too thin and not quality paper which could not hold ink well. When using these kinds of paper, your nib may scratch or grab some hair fibers, resulting to messy strokes. 

Now that we know the importance of paper, let’s go on with the different types of notepads. For calligraphy, there are many kinds, which are: calligraphy, lined, dotted, and unlined. However, most calligraphers would often face a dilemma of what to choose between these kinds. Worry not though, because here at Pensgalore, we got you covered!

Pens Galore offers four types of unique notepads made by Paper Quest: Calligraphy, Lined, Dotted, and Pocket. There are so many to choose from—not to mention the oh-so-beautiful cover designs, but which one should you buy? To help you find which one is the best for you, in this post, we will be going through the product description, pros & cons, and sample writing made by yours truly.

1. CALLIGRAPHY NOTEPAD

First up, we have the calligraphy notepad. For those beginners out there, this type of notepad is the right one for you! With the printed guidelines, practicing the basic strokes of calligraphy by doing drills becomes super easy. Also, this notepad is 85 grams per square meter (gsm), which means that it can hold calligraphy inks better than the normal paper—perfect for dip pen calligraphy!

Supplies used: Speedball Oblique Holder, Zebra G nib, Moon Palace Vermillion Sumi Ink, and Paper Quest Calligraphy Notepad

More than that, the paper used in this notepad is super smooth so that the nib, no matter how sharp, would glide smoothly while writing.

The design cover featured here is called Triangles, but you can find more designs here

Product Description:

  • A5 size
  • 85 gsm white smooth paper
  • 80 sheets
  • Calligraphy ink & brush pen friendly

  • Pros:

  • Complete printed guidelines (55º slanted angle, x-height, baseline,ascender &descender lines)
  • Easy-tear pages from the notepad
  • Super smooth and holds calligraphy inks well
  • Performs well with any nib

  • Cons:

  • Limited to only seven calligraphy space per paper
  • Portrait only
  • No other sizes

  • 2. LINED NOTEPAD

    After mastering the basic strokes of calligraphy and you are pretty confident that you can do well without the guidelines, we suggest you to take on the next level and try this lined notepad! This notepad is great for brush calligraphy. Not only can you use this notepad for practicing calligraphy, but also for making checklists, to-do lists, and reminders.

    Supplies used: Kuretake Zig Cocoiro Letter Pen, Pentel Fude Touch Sign Pen, and Paper Quest Lined Notepad

    This notepad is also perfect for students who need to take down notes in classes or reminders. With its easy-tear pages, you can easily throw away reminders that are finished or notes that are not needed anymore.

    Product Description:

  • A5 size
  • Lined paper
  • 80 gsm white paper
  • 50 sheets
  • Brush pen friendly

  • Pros:

  • Gray lines
  • Easy-tear pages from the notepad

  • Cons:

  • Portrait only
  • No other sizes

  • 3. DOTTED NOTEPAD

    Now, this notepad will surely speak volumes for those people how loves bullet journaling. Because this notepads has dots instead of lines, it provides a perfect medium for your bullet journaling needs! Create your very own monthly, weekly, daily, and many more for your planner (as seen in the picture)! #PlannerGoals

    Supplies used: Pentel Fude Touch Sign Pen, Color Pencils, Colored Pens, and Paper Quest Dotted Notepad

    With this notepad, students can take down notes and combine calligraphy with creative doodles for a more fun learning. Also, by taking down notes like this, students can actually remember what’s written in their notes better!


    Product Description:

  • A5 size
  • Dotted paper
  • 80 gsm white paper
  • 50 sheets
  • Brush pen friendly

  • Pros:

  • Great for bullet journaling, typography, and modern calligraphy
  • Easy-tear pages from the notepad
  • Portrait or Landscape

  • Cons:

  • No other sizes
  • 4. POCKET NOTEPAD

    For those who love travelling, this notepad is the one for you! With this pocket notepad’s A6 size and its unlined or blank pages, it becomes a perfect tool for on-the-go calligraphy. You can bring it anywhere with you and write wherever you are! It is an amazing travel-buddy to bring with for all the calligraphers out there. Just pack some brush pens with this notepad then you are good to go!

    Supplies used: ZigCocoiro Letter Pen, PentelFude Touch Sign Pen, and Paper Quest Dotted Notepad

    What’s great about having an unlined or blank notepad is that it gives you more freedom in writing. It gives you a sense of free-style calligraphy where you can create your own styles and make your very own masterpiece.

    Product Description:

  • A6 size
  • Unlined/blank paper
  • 80 gsm white paper
  • 80 sheets
  • Brush pen friendly

  • Pros:

  • Gives you more freedom in doing calligraphy
  • Great for typography and modern calligraphy
  • Easy-tear pages from the notepad
  • Portrait or Landscaper
  • Great for travelling

  • Cons:

  • No A5 size version
  • OTHER FEATURES

    So out of curiosity, we did an ink test and tried to do dip pen calligraphy on the Lined, Dotted, and Blank notepad, which are all 80gsm. Surprisingly, we found that these notepads perform well for both inks (Moon Palace Vermillion Sumi Ink – thick consistency; Walnut Ink – very thin consistency). Although these pads are just 80gsm, they actually hold ink well.

       

    In fact, there was no bleeding and feathering that happened with the Walnut Ink, which usually happens for papers with 85gsm and below. With these notepads, you get the best of both worlds —both dip pen and brush pen calligraphy.

    Another thing we noticed is that these notepads are easy-tear pages.This means that if you want to give out some of your artworks to your friends, you can easily tear it off from the notepad with no mess at all, unlike those spiral pads wherein tearing a page off is a hassle and a mess. In the same way, if you made a mistake, you can just tear the page off and start over again. 

    In general, the calligraphy, lined, and dotted pads are only available in A5 size, and the pocket brush in A6 size. However, we are hopeful that Paper Quest can create other various sizes for the needs of all the calligraphers out there!


     

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