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How to Write in Foil

1/04/2017 06:04:00 PM

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One of the gifts that I gave myself last Christmas was a custom foiling pen from The Curious Artisan. It’s a modified tool that allows you to write faux broad and pointed pen calligraphy on wood, leather and fabric. I finally got to try it out over the Christmas break and here are my first impressions.

The foiling pen looked like this and uses three AA Alkaline batteries.
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The tip is bent and generates a considerable amount of heat this is why care must be taken when using this tool. You can suffer serious burns!
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The kit came with some colored foil and I tried my best to use it as sparingly as I could. Finally after about four tries, I managed to come up with a decent enough output to put on my small Moleskine notebook. You can see the small foil that I wrote on. You have to tape this securely on the surface with tape before proceeding to write.
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Foiling wasn’t as easy as I thought. You have to rub a few times to make sure the foil had completely adhered to the surface. When doing foil calligraphy, you have to go over the letters a few times to make the thick and thin line distinctions.
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I have also observed that it is easier to write in foil on a pliable surface, like leather. It is harder to get the foil even on a hard surface, like paper and this hardbound planner cover.  See the uneven fillings?
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Thus endeth my first use of the custom foil pen. Of course, this wouldn’t be my last. I’m already thinking about the next foiling project I’ll have and I’m a little bit excited. Smile Check out how I used the foil pen in action.




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This is a pretty nifty tool to be able to explore using your calligraphy skills on non-traditional surfaces and if you have the resources to buy one for yourself, I suggest you do so. You won't regret it. 

Calligraphy with Foil

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