I’m so excited to share today’s guest post by Emma of Invaluable.com with you all! In this post, she’ll share her knowledge on how to craft a gorgeous signature using a fountain pen. Read on to learn how to use a fountain pen like a pro!
Writing is good for our mind, body, and soul. It’s proven to help us communicate more effectively, it decreases stress, increases productivity, and helps us make more focused, educated decisions. The physical act of writing by hand has even more benefits as it encourages brain development and gives us an outlet to release any anxious, stressful feelings. If you don’t already incorporate writing into your weekly or even daily habits, it’s time to start doing so and reap all the mental and physical benefits.
One of the most crucial steps into developing a long-term, successful writing practice, is by acquiring the right writing instruments. Not only is it fun to gather notebooks, pens, cards, and other accessories for writing, but they’re monumental in changing how easy and enjoyable it is to write. One of the best tools for writing is a fountain pen. They have a unique sense of antiquity attached to them, and write in a way that is smooth and beautiful. If you’ve never written with a fountain pen before, Invaluable created this helpful guide that outlines everything you need to know about them.
First, it’s important to understand the anatomy of your pen. The main parts of it include:
- Nib: The metal tip of the pen that physically touches the paper. Nibs come in different sizes that determine the line width.
- Feed: Made of either plastic or ebonite, the feed acts as a vehicle for ink delivery, connecting the neib to the pen’s reservoir.
- Barrel: This is the exterior of the pen, and sizes differ based on preference.
- Converter: These are small filling mechanisms that fit right onto the pen and take the place of an ink cartridge. Converters work with bottled ink.
- Cartridge: These are disposable capsules attached to the back of the pen that supplies them with ink.
Once you understand all the moving parts of your pen and how to fill them with ink, then you can focus on technique and how to write with one. There’s a lot that goes into it, and everything from how you hold the pen to the amount of pressure applied is an art. While Invaluable’s post goes into detail, here are some quick, summarized tips for writing with your fountain pen:
- Hold the pen between your thumb and index finger.
- Make sure the pen creates a 40 to 55 degree angle with the paper.
- Position the nib so that the metal side is facing away from the paper.
- Keep fingers and hands rigid.
- Though ballpoint pens require constant pressure, fountain pens require very little.
- Use light strokes.
Once you’ve practiced and mastered the technique, then you can enjoy all the writing benefits fountain pens have to offer. Invaluable also included a helpful infographic on quick writing tips and how to craft the perfect signature using your fountain pen. Check it out below, and start your writing practice today!