Nib painting involves using the nibs found on the ends of calligraphy style or old-fashioned ink pens. Painting with nibs can be done using oils or watercolors. There are different nibs, namely round, long and short tips, and each provides a different painting texture when used.
In this Workshop, Artist Vidya will take you through creating your own Nib painting using the acrylic medium on canvas.
All materials provided
Metal nibs have their origins as far back as ancient Egypt and were made of metals like and copper and bronze. However, the quality of writing that could be achieved with these pens was inferior to that of reed pens. Metallic nibs were made up through the 18th-century as one-off, craftsman-made luxury items. In the early 1800s, Wise in Britain, and Peregrine Williamson in the United States were the first recorded makers of steel pens as their primary occupation. It was not until the 1820s, when John Mitchell, Josiah Mason and others set up a factories in Birmingham, England to manufacture steel nibs, that their popularity took off.The metal nib retains a sharp point or edge much longer than the quill, which wears out more quickly and requires much skill to sharpen. Metal nibs are also easily manufactured to have different properties for different purposes. Also, they can now be attached to and removed from holders, allowing one to switch between nibs with relative ease