Inks for Calligraphy
& color for Calligraphy and background artwork

Long ago there were institutions where penmanship was taught and revered.  Not so today.  So much of calligraphy education, tools and materials have now become a hunt for, and trial and error experience.

I hope these suggestions will give you some positive choices, making your experience in penmanship more enjoyable.  Most of these suggestions are from my own experience.  Occasionally, someone will recommend a specific ink or merchant.  If you come across something noteworthy, please let me know.  Sharing information is helpful and appreciated.



Images of Inks and other supplies provided courtesy of

as well as photos of my own.


Iron Gall
Other Inks