Many of my readers have been asking for more posts about my calligraphy and brush lettering stash - a hobby that I do on weekends or whenever creativity knocks on my door. You might have seen my post last year but just to follow up as I have already collected items, I found a few cheaper options (yet again) where you can buy stuffs for word art in and out of Dubai.
I'm no expert, mind you, and I only do this for fun. Still a work in progress, all of my random doodles were posted on my Instagram and personal Facebook account.
(3) Sumi Drawing Ink I got from Daiso for less than AED 20, (4) paint brush #10 from Carrefour for about AED 25/set (5) paint brush set from IKEA and (6) small water brush pen from Bookworld Kinokuniya for only AED 12. This water brush pen is the hardest thing to find because sometimes it's out of stock or it comes with a watercolour set, I forgot the brand name though, I chanced upon it last May and grabbed the last piece right away. This one's ideal for watercolour brush lettering but I normally use it with black ink to get a faded gradient.
I keep my brushes and studs in a tin can (7) which I also bought from Daiso for only AED7, mainly to keep them in place.
I used other inks for brush lettering: India inks black (8) and green (9) from Daler Rowney which I got from Bookworld Kinokuniya and Sennelier Burnt Sienna Br11 (10) I got from Van Beek Art Supplies in Amsterdam. This ink (10) is a traditional shellac based ink with a transparent satin finish.
I'm still learning watercolour brush lettering and the cubes (11) that I use are from Winsor and Newton. I got mine from Amsterdam but you can also buy the similar cubes from the Artshop near Ductac at Mall of the Emirates.
Calligraphy Materials in Amsterdam
When I went to Amsterdam previously, I never let the chance pass without visiting an art shop before I flew back to Dubai. The city is full of arts and is a home to many of the most famed artists all over the world so finding where to actually buy art materials is very easy.
All above photos are the ones I got from Van Beek Art Supplies located near Heineken Experience: Sennelier Burnt Sienna Br11 (10) , different types of nibs (12) at 2 to 8 EUR each, wooden studs/nib holders (13) , flat water brush pen (14), and brown colour brush pen (15) from Pentel. I can't remember how much each product costs but I remembered spending 56 EUR for all art supplies that I have purchased during my trip.
As of the moment I have 4 nib holders from my collections, never got the chance to own an oblique one (and I'm dying to own one T_T). The other nib holders I got were all bought from Bookworld Kinokuniya (16) cost AED 24 , (17) from the set of Daler Rowney I purchased last year and (18) is only AED12. They are also selling a few other calligraphy pens that I find overly priced (range from 200 up to 800 AED per set) that experts and enthusiasts buy because of their make and model.
Of course these nib holders should always come with your choice of nibs. I have 22 in total, 2 of my favourites were bought again from Amsterdam,
(19) was from the set I purchased from Daler and Rowney, (12) 5 nibs from Van Beek Art Supplies, (20) 2 nib types both bought from Bookworld Kinokuniya stationary section, and (21) the set I received from a friend that I think she got from Day-to-day store.
And finally, aside from the inks I have mentioned above, I also used specialty inks for dark coloured papers. I use silver (22) , white (23), and gold (24) Winsor and Newton inks I purchased from the Artshop near Ductac.
To summarise where I got all of them, here are the places you need to visit:
- Bookworld Kinokuniya - Stationary section The Dubai Mall, Down Town Burj Khalifa
- The Art Shop - DUCTAC (Mall Of The Emirates)
- Daiso - Ibn Battuta Mall or Dubai Mall
- Day-to-day - near Deira City Centre
- Van Beek Art Supplies - in Amsterdam, near Heineken Experience