Calligraphy Tip: Prep for new nibs

In today’s post I want to discuss new calligraphy nibs. Manufacturers add an oil or wax coating on each nib to protect the nib from rust. When you buy new nibs its important to remove this coating to ensure that the nib will perform properly. If you don’t remove the coating, the ink will not stay on nib or bead on the nib and prevent ink from flowing. I would actually suggest trying to use new nibs without removing the coating just so you can see the difference.

There are many ways to prep new nibs and below I am going to list a few methods:

The Potato

I first heard about the potato method from Lindsay at the Postmans Knock and I absolutely love this method. I usually order multiple nibs at the time and then buy one potato to use for all of them. To use the potato, gently insert the nib, at an angle to prevent the tines from being damaged, into the potato. Do not push the nib in too far, just past the vent hole is good. Wait 12-15 minutes and then gently pull out each nib. Gently swish each nib in water, dry completely and your nib is ready to use.


I really like the windex method because everyone has windex lying around at home. Place the new nibs on a paper towel, spray with windex and wait 12-15 minutes. Then rinse the nib with water and make sure to dry the nib completely as storing them wet can cause rust.

The two methods I noted above are my favorite methods and I made you a video of me prepping my nibs with both methods.


Many people like to use saliva to prep their nibs. Some people will either put nibs directly in their mouth or spit into the paper towel and then wipe the nibs clean. I have never used this method but I am sure it will work in a pinch!

Rubbing Alcohol

I have used alcohol pads to wipe nibs but I did not really like the results. It takes multiple pads to get the manufacturer coating off and I don’t find this an effective method.


Many people use toothpaste to gently clean the nib. You can use a Q-tip or a small jewlery brush to rub the nib with toothpaste and then rinse off.


Another way to get the coating off is to run the nib QUICKLY (2-3 seconds) through an open flame. While I am sure this method will work, I am afraid to use this method as I don’t want to ruin my nibs.

I hope you enjoyed this informational post about prepping calligraphy nibs. Which method is your favorite?

November Calendar Printable

Hello November! You really snuck up on me, I can’t believe its almost the holiday season. Each month I create a calendar for my desk and this month I though it would be fun to provide a printable on my website for it. Below you can download my November printable calendar before I colored it in. There are so many uses for this printable.

Tag me on instagram so I can see your lovely creations! See below for some ideas:

  1. Print it out on regular printer and trace on a 5x7 watercolor paper. Then you can use watercolor to color it in. See my instagram post for inspiration or come up with your own color scheme.

  2. Print out the calendar and use it in your bullet journal as the main calendar page. You can even print it on 5x7 stickers!

  3. Print it out and use it as a coloring activity with kids.

November Calender Printable_1.jpg


Welcome to my new website and blog. My name is Sana and I am from Brooklyn, NY. I am so excited you are here to share my journey with modern calligraphy. I started learning modern calligraphy about one year ago as I was looking for a fun hobby to de-stress from my day job as an engineer. Ever since, it has become an almost daily habit for me.

Let me tell you a little about what I want my blog to be about. I plan to share tips and tricks I discovered along my journey to help new calligraphers, reviews about supplies I have tried (good and bad), and tutorials for cards that I have made. I hope you enjoy my blog and feel free to comment with more ideas of things that you would like to see.

Lastly, I thought it would be fun to leave you with a few random facts about me! Feel free to comments and share your answers to these questions:

  1. What is your eye color? Brown

  2. Scary movie or happy endings? Happy endings!

  3. Favorite smells? Rose and Eucalyptus

  4. What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home? I was born in Pakistan and call NYC my home, so I would say Pakistan.

  5. What’s your zodiac sign? Do you believe in it? I am a leo and yes I do! I love being the center of attention and am very social.

  6. What are your hobbies? Calligraphy, traveling, cooking, reading.

  7. Do you have any pets? No but I really want a golden retriever.

  8. How tall are you? Just under 5 feet

  9. How many countries have you visited? 10 (USA, Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, France, Pakistan, Trinidad, Peru, Bahamas, Costa Rica)

  10. What was your favorite subject in High School? Favorite subject was math and American history.

  11. What is your Favorite drink? Animal? Drink (anything with elderflower), Animal (sharks!)

  12. What Sports do you play/Have you played? Tennis

  13. Who are some of your favorite YouTubers? The Happy Ever Crafter has an awesome youtube page for the calligraphers out there.

  14. Favorite memory from childhood? Picking Jasmine flowers with my grandmother.

  15. 3 things that make you happy? Traveling, eating good food, and a walking during a crisp fall day.

  16. One word that describes you? Ambitious

  17. What’s your favorite quotes? “Comparison is the thief of joy”

I got the questions from here.

Tell me a little about you. Are you an admirer of calligraphy or learning calligraphy?