The Finetec palettes are extremely popular amongst calligraphers but I have noticed that people can be unsure of how to use Finetec for calligraphy. They are of course different to use than a regular bottle of black calligraphy ink but as with anything once you know how to use them, it really is relatively simple.
Finetec palettes are essentially water colours made form mica pigments. Mica is a natural mineral which is why the colours shimmer and shine on paper making them so popular. The palettes are also made of gum arabic, a natural product made of the sap of the acacia tree.The little colour palettes are handmade and have a beautiful wavy surface. As you use them a small hole may appear in the middle of the pot. This is a natural occurrence and nothing to worry about!
Put a few drops of water with a dropper, a pipette or just your paintbrush onto your chosen finetec palette. Let the water sit for a minute or so.
After the water has sat for a minute or so, using your paint brush stir the water around on the palette. You will notice that the water picks up the colour as you mix the water in.
Using the paintbrush, paint some of the Finetec onto the underside of your nib.
You are now ready to write. Test the flow by making a few marks onto some paper. If the Finetec doesn’t flow easily try just dipping the tip of your nib into some water. You may need to add a bit more water to your Finetec palette or if you have added too much water you can always blot your palette with some kitchen roll. There can be some trial and error to get it just right.
You can purchase some of the most popular Finetec palettes from my online shop. Choose from the Ocean, Fairytale, Vintage, Gold and Galaxy palette.
The Finetec palettes would make the perfect gift for the calligrapher in your life or make a nice treat for yourself! You can also purchase black paper which is ideal to practice on. There is also a Finetec calligraphy gift box which includes a Finetec palette, a Luis creations penholder, two nibs and some practice paper all nicely presented in a gift box.
While we are at home during these uncertain times take some time to do something creative. I find calligraphy so calming and therapeutic and generally believe being creative is good for the soul!
I love this little quote about creativity by Albert Einstein.
Keep very safe and well.
I joined Judy's group workshop at the Langham hotel and loved every moment of it. The set up was beautifully done with our own personalised place setting laid out with all the tools required for the session. Judy helped us all individually, giving time and assistance when needed as well as showing us things as a group. The whole class was fantastics.