Can anyone please recommend a calligraphy set for a beginner (child age 10 ) as a Christmas present? And would this help DGD to improve her presentation by slowing down her letter shaping? Or would it just confuse ? PS. avoiding bottles of ink if possible!
I bought one for my nephew, it is so difficult and slow going that he didn’t have the patience for it. Cursive handwriting books, Amazon, might be a better option if it is to improve handwriting, they are sold by age.
There are many felt-tip and fibre-tip pens available for calligraphy practice. They will come as a set with oblique 'nibs' of different widths. You can probably find a bewildering choice of such pens on Amazon.
I bought my DGD a Waterman -ink cartridge- pen from eBay for about £10 as I have one that I was given when I was a child (that one takes cartridge or ink). She tells me it has definitely helped her write much more neatly. You don't need to go the whole hog of a calligraphy set, unless she's actually interested in such. Anyway, look on eBay!
Thank you. Great suggestions. I did think a calligraphy set might be too fiddly Theexwife and require a lot of input from me. I'm trying to keep away from any instructing teaching (because I nearly ruined my DD's life doing that!) DGD can write nicely, it's the slowing down and taking care tactic that I thought calligraphy might instill. It always looks so decorative, yet controlled. I guess I'm also battling against kids using the keyboard so much these days and I don't want the present to be a flop. Back to the drawing board!