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  1. ahalbig
    Member

    Hi all,

    First off, i'd like to say thank you for this website, athough this is my first post it has been a very nice resource and i have been continually returning to it.
    I have recently taken up the study of calligraphy and the arabic style is of particular interest to me. I have become quite enamored of the work of Hassan Massoudy http://calligraphyqalam.com./gallery/index.php?album=period-5-Modern&image=HassanMassoudy10.jpg as well as that of Julien Breton. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDdpKjxBsxM&feature=related
    The styles are similar and the particular question i had was regarding the tools they are using to make the wider strokes. It appears to be either a special wide flat dip pen or flat brush of some sort. ANY resources, tips or clues would be greatly appreciated!

    Regards,

    Aaron

    Posted 7 years ago #
  2. JoshBerer
    Member

    Hi Aaron!
    It's a good question you ask. There are a couple of options. The first would be a celi kalam, essentially a very wide piece of bamboo cut at the proper angle. Those get about as wide as 3 inches, and the larger you go, the more expensive it is. I have a few for sale, they max out at an inch wide and go for twenty bucks. In turkey I think they're around 20 to 50 lira depending on size.
    The next option for wide strokes would be the copic wide marker. Not traditional and not too customizable, you can get them online for like twelve bucks each I think? Maybe seven.
    But the thing about massoudy's work is that he uses massive brushes on big canvas, we're talking 4 to 5 inches wide. I don't know for sure but I'm guessing hes using a very stiff piece of felt or cotton, like a 16th of an inch thick and stiff, cut at the angle and dipped in ink. That's what we used to use for graffiti, it works decently well.
    If you want to talk more about materials, drop me a line at Arabic.calligrapher at gmail dot com.
    J

    Posted 7 years ago #
  3. JoshBerer
    Member

    Hey just checked out the vid of julien. He's using the cotton piece for the blue strokes and a celi kalam for the black ones.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  4. ekvernen
    Key Master

    Hi Aaron,
    Welcome to the site - I'm glad to hear that you've found it useful.
    You may want to check out the video of Hassan Massoudy that Josh refers to above - you can see it here: http://www.linternaute.com/video/82487/decouvrez-l-art-de-la-calligraphie-arabe/
    You can also see some examples of the wide bamboo pens in this article about Arabic calligraphy in Japan: http://www.saudiaramcoworld.com/issue/201002/shodo.arabi.htm (especially this image: http://www.saudiaramcoworld.com/issue/201002/images/shodo/YM_091108_1518_sm.jpg).
    Hope that helps!
    Elisabeth

    Posted 7 years ago #
  5. ahalbig
    Member

    Thanks Josh and Elisabeth! The resources you gave me helped very much! (Josh, i may like to get more information on materials, but i will use the email you posted above) the article on Arabic calligraphy in Japan was amazing! I am the greenest of novices but i look forward to exploring this style much much more. This may not be the section of the forum to ask this in, but where might i find information on Arabic calligraphy guilds and/or groups, particularly in New Mexico? I do know we have at least one calligraphy guild, but don't know if any of the members practice Arabic style.

    Many thanks,

    Aaron

    Posted 7 years ago #
  6. ekvernen
    Key Master

    Hi Aaron,
    Hmmm... it may be hard to find folks who practice Arabic calligraphy in New Mexico. I haven't heard of any—but that doesn't mean they're not out there. I'd look up your local calligraphy guild and start asking around from there. If you find anyone, especially a teacher, let me know! (I'll add them to the list of teachers here: http://calligraphyqalam.com/resources/classes-and-teachers.html.
    Good luck!
    Elisabeth

    Posted 7 years ago #

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