Kameleon Koncepts https://kameleonkoncepts.com Conceiving creative concepts Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:53:52 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.15 https://kameleonkoncepts.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/cropped-Kameleon-Koncepts-Logo-2-favicon-100px-32x32.png Kameleon Koncepts https://kameleonkoncepts.com 32 32 127730455 Making a Bamboo Pen for Arabic Calligraphy https://kameleonkoncepts.com/tools/pens/making-bamboo-pen-arabic-calligraphy/ https://kameleonkoncepts.com/tools/pens/making-bamboo-pen-arabic-calligraphy/#respond Sun, 13 Aug 2017 17:35:33 +0000 https://kameleonkoncepts.com/?p=701 One of the most important tools for Arabic calligraphy is the the pen you use. The most readily available pen for purchase is the bamboo pen. I have slowly, through a lot of trial and error, taught myself to make bamboo

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One of the most important tools for Arabic calligraphy is the the pen you use. The most readily available pen for purchase is the bamboo pen.

Making a Bamboo Pen for Arabic CalligraphyI have slowly, through a lot of trial and error, taught myself to make bamboo pens, that are of a respectable standard.

I had to invest in quite a few tools in order to make a bamboo pen

In this article I’ll share with you the tools I use, and the method that I use to make the pens.

If learning how to make your own bamboo pen takes too much time and skill, we sell ready made bamboo pens for Arabic calligraphy.

The tools I use are:

The tools you’ll find listed below are not the first tools I used in making my first bamboo pen. I must have spent some CHF 200 before I found that the below tools work for me. I started off with cheaper tools, which in all honesty were a waste of money, and dangerous. Don’t buy cheap tools, especially not cheap knives. You need a good, sharp and safe knife. In my first attempts I had bamboo splinters dig into under my thumb nail, knives snap and fly into my face, brittle handles crack. Let me save you losing an eye, and please, please, please buy quality tools.

Merox Exacto Knife

I think this is the most important tool. I chose a knife with a rubber grip that helps against sweating hands. It can also carry several blades inside it, meaning changing blades is a piece of cake. But the main reason I chose this knife, is that it has a wide point where the blade comes out. This gives me a wider surface to put my left thumb, this lets me push harder and it hurts less. Finally, it has a dial that allows me to screw the blade in place, or safely inside the knife. This helps keep the knife steady as I slice the bamboo.

Victorinox Swiss Army Knife

A Swiss Army Knife is all around useful. I use it in particular to create the ink reservoir hole in the pens. It’s a resilient tool and just handy. I also use it to etch the colour that the pen is used for onto the pens shaft.

Pruner

I use a 34mm pruner to shorten the long reeds of bamboo to size. I also use them to cut the edge of the nib in one clean and straight cut. The particular pruner that I use is not a top of the range model, but gets the job done. I think that with time, I’ll invest in better and bigger pruners with an assisting mechanism.

Sandpaper

I use both P120 grit and P600 grit paper. I use the sandpaper to clean up the cut to the nib.

Flat wooden board

I use this as a makeshift Makta. This is a flat surface used to punch the ink reservoir hole into the bamboo pen. I think that this is the next tool that I need to be upgrade. Because I find, even after a year of practice, that I’m splitting the nib quite often.

Bamboo reed

Of course, bamboo is the raw material. Without this, it’s not possible to make any pens. I’m very picky about the bamboo I use.

Tools to make a bamboo pen for arabic calligraphy

How to make an Arabic Calligraphy Bamboo Pen

Sizing the bamboo reed

The very first step is to cut the bamboo reed to size using the pruners. I usually cut the reed to be about 25-30 cm long. This length allows me to then comfortably work on the nib.

Cutting the bamboo reedCutting the reed to make a bamboo pen for Arabic Calligraphy

I then use the exacto knife to cut the end of the bamboo reed into a pen nib. I try to do this in 3 to 5 cuts. The first two cuts are usually to reach the cavity in the reed. Once I reach the cavity, I clean out the bamboo fibres. The second two cuts are to remove the cavity and reach the other side of the reed. The final cut is cut a very thin layer on the opposite side of the reed.

I then flip the pen over and cut a thin indent till the end of the reed, removing the outside curve of the reed.

Making the ink reservoirCutting the reed to make a nib for a bamboo pen for Arabic Calligraphy

At this point, I lay the pen on the wooden board, and using the Swiss army knife I puncture a hole for the ink reservoir.

Shaping the nib

I then go back to the backside of the reed, and gently shave another layer of the nib in order make the nib slightly more supple and square.

In the next step I use the pruners to cut a the nib of pen into the right angle with the pruners. I use a previous pen to help me get the angle right.

Making the 'nail' of a bamboo penI then sand down the nib briefly with P120 sandpaper, and then a bit more with the P600. I’m careful to do it in a steady and straight motion not create a curved nib.

Finally, I use the Swiss army knife to trim the sides of the pen.

Making the pen pretty

The very last step, I use a thin wooden utensil to clean out the bamboo fibres from inside the bamboo reed. I do this to make it fully hollow. This helps keep your work clean, and avoids having flakes from inside the pen sprinkle on your work from the first use.

Conclusion

There are of course a lot of other details involved with making a bamboo pen. But these are the main steps I follow.

It does hurt. Learning hurts, because of the mistakes you make, and once you get good at it, it still hurts your thumb. It can also be quiet messy and dusty. But I believe that it is an essential skill for a calligrapher.

No matter how good your pen is, eventually it will need sharpened. With practice and the right tools it’s possible to sharpen your own pens.

If you use, or have come across, a different method, let me know in the comments.

If you want to get started right away then you can buy some bamboo pens that I have made.

 

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How to write Daal in Thuluth https://kameleonkoncepts.com/arabic-calligraphy-scripts/thuluth/daal/ https://kameleonkoncepts.com/arabic-calligraphy-scripts/thuluth/daal/#respond Tue, 16 May 2017 20:00:07 +0000 https://kameleonkoncepts.com/?p=733 Thuluth script has two forms in which the Daal can be written. These includes the whole Daal and the connected Daal. As a rule, the Daal does not connect to any words after it. It only connects to letters before it.

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Thuluth script has two forms in which the Daal can be written. These includes the whole Daal and the connected Daal.The whole daal in thuluth script

As a rule, the Daal does not connect to any words after it. It only connects to letters before it.

The Daal shares the same form as the “dhāl – ذ”. The form is identical, so when you master the Daal, you’ve mastered Dhal as well. The only difference is that Dhal has a noktah above it.

The Whole Daal

You use the whole Daal when you are not connecting to any other letter before it.

Namely, you would write it at the beginning of a word, or when you would like to write it on its own.

Specifically, the whole Daal has 3 strokes.

However, you can split these into 5 segments.

The pen strokesfirst stroke of the whole daal in thuluth script

The first two strokes.

The first stroke is a move to the left for the length of a noktah at approximately 45 degree angle.

The next step is the second stroke. It moves from the top left end of the first stroke to the bottom right at a 45 degree angle.

It spans a total of three noktahs horizontally.first segment of the second stroke of the whole daal in thuluth script

You can divide the second stroke into two segments as well.

Each segment spans a noktah and half horizontally, despite being written diagonally.

The first segment of the second stroke curves slightly downwards.

This is followed by the second segment which curves slightly upwards.

The vertical length of the first stroke is 2 noktahs.second segment of the second stroke of the whole daal in thuluth script

The third stroke

The third stroke is a written at a 45 degree angle starting where the second stroke ended, and ending on the bottom left.

It then curves upwards to point at the beginning of the letter.

In this way, you can divide the third stroke of the whole Daal into two segments.first segment of the third stroke of the whole daal in thuluth script

The first segment is the straight line and the second segment is the curve that points to the beginning of the letter.

The first segment of the second stroke  is a straight line and has a vertical length of 2 noktahs.

Although, the actual length of the third stroke is actually 3 noktahs.

So far, all the strokes and segments of the whole Daal fit in a 3 noktah by 4 noktah grid.

However, the final segment of the third stroke is written outside of this grid.second segment of the third stroke of the whole daal in thuluth script

In order to correctly write the final segment correctly, add a fourth noktah to the three noktahs of the third stroke.

The final segment contours this fourth noktah.

It ends by pointing towards the beginning of the letter.

The final detail

The final detail is to add the “hair”.Drawing the "hair" of the whole daal in thuluth script

This is done by drawing a triangle at the end of the first stroke with the tip of the nib.

It is then coloured in very carefully.

The Connected Daal

You use the connected Daal when you are connecting a letter before it.

Namely, you would write it at the end of a word.

Specifically, the whole Daal has 3 strokes.

However, you can split these into 5 segments.

The pen strokes

The first two strokes.

The first stroke is a move to the left for the length of a noktah at approximately 45 degree angle.

The next step is the second stroke. It moves from the top left end of the first stroke to the bottom right at a 45 degree angle.

It spans a total of three noktahs horizontally.

You can divide the second stroke into two segments as well.

Each segment spans a noktah and half horizontally, despite being written diagonally.

The first segment of the second stroke curves slightly downwards.

This is followed by the second segment which curves slightly upwards.

The vertical length of the first stroke is 2 noktahs.

The third stroke

The third stroke is a written at a 45 degree angle starting where the second stroke ended, and ending on the bottom left.

It then curves upwards to point at the beginning of the letter.

In this way, you can divide the third stroke of the whole Daal into two segments.

The first segment is the straight line and the second segment is the curve that that points to the beginning of the letter.

The first segment of the second stroke  is a straight line and has a vertical length of 2 noktahs.

Nonetheless, the actual length of the third stroke is 3 noktahs.

So far, all the strokes and segments of the whole Daal fit in a 3 noktah by 4 noktah grid.

However, the final segment of the third stroke is written outside of this grid.

In order to correctly write the final segment correctly, add a fourth noktah to the three noktahs of the third stroke.

The final segment contours this fourth noktah.

It ends by pointing towards the beginning of the letter.

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Four Arabic Calligraphy Books for Beginners https://kameleonkoncepts.com/resources/books/four-arabic-calligraphy-books-for-beginners/ https://kameleonkoncepts.com/resources/books/four-arabic-calligraphy-books-for-beginners/#respond Sun, 07 May 2017 11:49:57 +0000 https://kameleonkoncepts.com/?p=669 Undertaking Arabic Calligraphy without any guidance, is a sure way that it becomes one of many a short-lived hobby. In order to see yourself progress and feel that sense of accomplishment, you need good sources materials to guide you. To

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Undertaking Arabic Calligraphy without any guidance, is a sure way that it becomes one of many a short-lived hobby. In order to see yourself progress and feel that sense of accomplishment, you need good sources materials to guide you. To that effect, here are four Arabic Calligraphy Books for beginners.

Below are some of the Arabic Calligraphy books for beginners that I have, and regularly use to help. They’ve helped me move forward very quickly, and establish good form in my calligraphy. I have found them all easy reads, easy to follow, and recommend them wholeheartedly to the newly-initiated.

Four Arabic Calligraphy Books for Beginners

Learn to Write Arabic Calligraphy by Omar UddinLearn to Write Arabic Calligraphy

by Omar Uddin

I find this book excellent, as it not only deals with the necessary core techniques, but also deals with individual letter formation. The while book is written in easy to understand English (ie. no jargon). It also takes on a modern approach to teaching Arabic Calligraphy that I found refreshing and more in-tune for my fast-paced motivated learning. I really recommend it highly.

Arabic Script: Styles, Variants, and Calligraphic Adaptations

Arabic Script: Styles, Variants, and Calligraphic Adaptations by Gabriel Mondel Khan

by Gabriel Mondel Khan

I found this book more thorough, and great at giving me a holistic understand of Arabic Calligraphy in general. It provides a guide to the Arabic Calligraphy in general, and explains the different styles, and their use throughout Arabic and Islamic civilisation and culture. I recommend this book for people looking to gain a deeper understanding of the literary side of calligraphy. All that said, you mus not thing that it’s a heavy read, there are plenty of pictures of examples of Arabic Calligraphy throughout the book, some of which I sometimes come back to for some personal inspiration.

Arabic Calligraphy Mastery Series – THULUTH

A comprehensive step-by-step study of the Thuluth script

Arabic Calligraphy Mastery Series - THULUTH: A comprehensive step-by-step study of the Thuluth script

by Omar Uddin

Another excellent of the Arabic Calligraphy books in my library, and one that I am currently using very heavily. It provides details instructions on how to draw every letter. I don’t know what else to say about this book, except that it is an absolute must-have for any beginner looking to cement proper skills.

Arabic Calligraphy: Naskh Script for Beginners

by Mustafa Ja’farArabic Calligraphy books for Beginners by Mustafa Ja'far

Of all the Arabic Calligraphy books for the beginners, I got this one knowing that after I finish with the Thuluth script. I would move on to Naskh script. I currently have it sat on my desk as a reminder, motivating me to continue moving forward. It seems like an excellent book because it shows you how to draw each letter stroke-by-stroke. It provides guidance in an easy to follow way, that is great for people try to self-teach.

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