December 23, 2019
We started from the bottom, now we're here. Less than a year ago, Christen and Ajab decided to venture into the podcast world with The Calligraphy Podcast. In this final episode of Season 1, we talk through each episode and share some of our favorite moments from the show. Stay tuned for more episodes coming in 2020. In the meantime, follow us on Instagram @thecalligraphypodcast.
December 9, 2019
Take a look at your calligraphy library–is the Speedball Textbook sitting on your shelf? In this last interview of season one, we sat down with Randall Hasson, the co-editor of the 24th edition of the Speedball Textbook. Randy shares about his own art and experience working on the book. You'll hear about show cards, the history of Speedball nibs and how the book evolved to the place it is today. You can find Randy at
November 25, 2019
From Thanksgiving feasts to holiday cards, this episode is devoted to all the ways you can make calligraphy part of your holiday traditions. We discuss project ideas, client work and personal pieces that will make your home merry and bright.
November 17, 2019
With calligraphy on the rise, more and more penmen and women are turning their art into a business. We asked our listeners to help us get a grasp of what the calligraphy business climate is like. Are you full-time or part-time? How long have you been in business? What kind of work do you do? These are all questions we asked and YOU answered. We end the show by sharing listener submitted advice for those starting their own business. Follow us on Instagram @thecalligraphypodcast.
October 28, 2019
After practicing letterform after letterform, it’s time to put those strokes to work! Today we are talking about how to layout a calligraphy art piece. From centering, to learning how your eyes trick your mind, we talk about how we approach a blank page, set up our guides, margins and more. For show notes, visit Follow us on Instagram @thecalligraphypodcast.
October 14, 2019
We bring you our second international guest on the show–Hoang Dao of Vietnam. Hoang, a calligrapher, pen maker and artist, is a true inspiration to the calligraphy community. On today's episode, we talk about how Hoang got started in calligraphy, how he approaches his practice and how he made the most of what he had when he started his calligraphy journey. Spoiler–Christen goes bananas when she hears Hoang’s tip for prepping handmade paper! You can find out more about Hoang at
October 1, 2019
Today we hear the inspiring story behind Kalo Make Art right from the source. From approaching new scripts to starting a business, we talk about it all from today's special guest Kalo Chu from Hong Kong. You can follow Kalo at @kalomakeart or @shop.kalomake art. You can visit her website at
September 16, 2019
Ajab and Christen get real about how often they practice (and how long their warm ups take!) We all know it is important for amateurs and professionals alike to practice calligraphy, but sometimes we need a little direction in how to set up an efficient practice session. Listen for tips and tricks for stepping up your practice game. Follow us on Instagram at @thecalligraphypodcast Listen and Subscribe: iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher
September 2, 2019
We welcome Dave of Perfect Biscuits and The Posted Letter to talk with us about the cases for keeping cursive I school. As a tribute to calligraphy, Posted Letter is offering our listeners 20% off their order of the most recent letter. Visit and use promo code TCP20.
August 19, 2019
It all started with an Instagram survey. We polled our audience on Instagram and learned that like us, many of you keep your old nibs even when they are unusable. After the survey, we knew we needed to talk about the quirks we have as calligraphers. Follow us on Instagram at @thecalligraphypodcast Listen and Subscribe: iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher
August 5, 2019
Experimenting with new inks is a great way to branch out in your calligraphy journey. Whether you're a sumi lover like Christen, or an Ecoline fan like Ajab, you'll be sure to find the best ink that suits you. And if you're drinking wine or coffee while you write, your beverage can double as your ink pot! Show Notes and links to inks:
July 22, 2019
05:40 - What is a pen holder 06:20 - Pen holder materials  09:25 - The pen-making process 12:08 - The wood that makes Dan's studio smell heavenly 12:40 - What makes a good pen holder 15:32 - Why size matters 17:07 - What to consider what buying a new pen holder 20:45 - Taking care of your pen holder 28:33 - Where to grab InkSlinger pens  30:53 - Dan's Booger Collection Show Notes:
July 9, 2019
What's up podcast? Study and reading are important parts of learning calligraphy. In today's episode, Christen and Ajab share their favorite calligraphy books. You'll also hear comments from our listeners who have great resources for you to study from. Show Notes and full reading list coming soon. Follow us on Instagram at @thecalligraphypodcast Listen and Subscribe: iTunes Spotify Google Play Stitcher
June 24, 2019
Calligraphy conference and workshop season is upon us, which means traveling with pens and ink in tow. In addition to Christen Ajab sharing advice, our listeners call in with their best tips for traveling with calligraphy supplies. View show notes at: Follow us on Instagram at @thecalligraphypodcast
June 10, 2019
From metallic powders, to brush pens, to real 24 karat gold, you can add shimmer to your work at all levels of calligraphy experience. In today's episode, we talk about our favorite metallic products and offer tips on how to use them. View show notes at:
May 27, 2019
We've all been there. Your nib snags. Your nib won't write. Ink drops on the paper. Your back hurts from hovering your nose over your work. Christen and Ajab talk about common setbacks when learning calligraphy and share the solutions to common problems. View show notes at: Follow us on Instagram at @thecalligraphypodcast Listen and Subscribe: iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher
April 29, 2019
As you dive into your calligraphy journey, you'll discover many tools and supplies for creating letters. In this episode, Christen and Ajab take you through a mini tour of their studios and share how they store and care for their supplies. After sharing about all the different options out there, your hosts get down to business "desert island" style and share their absolute must have supplies. View show notes at: Follow us on Instagram at @thecalligraphypodcast
April 15, 2019
Calligraphy, the art of beautiful writing. It's a single word that covers a breadth of styles, scripts, tools and preferences. In this episode, Ajab and Christen unpack the iceberg of a question, "what is calligraphy?," and share about the different types of calligraphy we will often chat about on the podcast. The kicker: we want you to weigh in on Instagram. What does calligraphy mean to you and what style of writing are you most passionate about? Show notes:
March 29, 2019
Thanks for listening to the inaugural episode of The Calligraphy Podcast. After taking a few moments to introduce you to the show, your hosts Ajab and Christen dive right into the first topic that is perfect for beginners. If you're a beginner, this episode will help you move past the early struggles and grow in your calligraphy. If you're a veteran scribe, chime in to empower those just starting their journey. Show notes:
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