Episode Takeaways:

  • You’ll have to prepare a new nib before using it: the surface of a factory new nib comes with a thin coating, and that means the ink will form puddles and make blobs when you don’t remove this coating.
  • You can remove the coating with rubbing alcohol, toothpaste or over a flame. I usually use inexpensive 40% alcohol.
  • Dip the nib in so that it’s fully covered, and then wipe it with a soft cloth. Do this a few times.
  • You should avoid touching the nib too much after it’s cleaned.

Like what you’ve read? Want more? If you subscribe to my newsletter, you’ll get posts on calligraphy and lettering on a regular basis directly to your inbox. You’ll receive the FREE guide “Calligraphy Basics” plus FOUR free practice sheets with different calligraphy styles.

The free guide includes:

* Basic tools & practice techniques
* Action steps to perfect your calligraphy skills
* Tips on how to find the right mindset for successful practice
* free video lessons
* A PDF guide with all the information in one place

If you have any questions or comments on this topic, please feel free to contribute! Just leave a comment below.