Welcome to The Calligraphy Podcast, a space for calligraphers to talk about, share and grow in their art–and cultivate community along the way. Join hosts Ajab Rajvir Jandiala and Christen Turney as they delve into all things pen and ink.
Calligraphy, Choose Your Own Adventure
In this episode:
How you can OWN your calligraphy journey What makes calligraphy worth pursuing How you can determine if calligraphy will become your career If being a calligrapher means being the best How to deal with judgment Plus, Christen asks a bold question and Ajab shares her vulnerabilities.
Think Again by Adam Grant Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield The One Thing by Gary Keller
How to Make Ink with Mr. Fox of Fox and Quills
Do wine, beer or beetles go into inks? Why do metallic inks need to be stirred frequently? Is Iron Gall ink actually bad for your nibs? Are chemical reactions part of ink-making? What kind of ink should we use if we want to create something for our great-great-great-great-great-grandkids? We bring Mr. Fox of Fox & Quills on the show to answer all these questions, and lots more!
New ink announcements: Fox & Quills
Check out Fox & Quills' ink collection.
Codex Sinaiticus Bible
Sign-up for summer workshops:
Christen's Summer of Script Intro to Copperplate
Michael Sull's Spencerian Saga by Washington Calligrapher's Guild
Calligraphy Envelope Jobs
One of the biggest streams of income for calligraphers is wedding envelope jobs.
In this episode we talk about:
how to set up a job, what to charge (yes! We talk real numbers!), tools of the trade and more! Your homework—time yourself! How long does it take you to write an envelope in calligraphy? Tell us your time for a traditional envelope or a modern style envelope.
Chat with Nina Tran
Nina is a calligraphy teacher and artist renowned for her Live sessions on Instagram and her incredible attention to detail.
In this heartfelt chat, we talk about:
The journey of a calligrapher- from apprentice to master Why basics matter What it means to 'Pay it Forward' The relationship between a Mentor and Mentee Nina's favorite tools Follow Nina on Instagram here.
S3 E5: Learning a New Script
In this episode, we talk about:
how to learn a new script why keeping a Beginner's Mindset is the key to learning tips for beginners challenges faced by advanced calligraphers Recommended in this episode: Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield
A Taste of IAMPETH
Ever wonder what it's like to go to a calligraphy conference? In this episode we share clips from the 2019 IAMPETH conference and tell you all about what you can expect from a week with fellow pen and ink lovers.
Thank you! I started calligraphy two years ago and felt lost in the beginning because I could not find anyone local. Kind of like being a bee without a hive until I found this and it has helped answer many questions for me as I grow in calligraphy. Keep inspiring!
Ideas, comradererie, laughs, encouragement, great interviews and practical knowledge and tips, it’s all here!! I love listening to Christen and Ajab on this podcast. Any questions I’ve ever had about calligraphy, inks, different hands, and all the humor highlighting the things that can (and will) eventually go wrong! I made sure to mention. This podcast with every envelope exchange I send!
Belly laugh on the birds
I can’t say enough how this podcast brings me so much joy. Love talking about the birds from M. Sull class as my birds are lop sided, crooked and unable to perch anywhere. But seriously, thanks for talking to the Who’s who of the Calligraphy world and bring them their stories. These masters have learned it from someone and pay it forward to the next. By the third season, these ladies keep getting even better, more confident, and a joy to listen.