Thanks for all of your helpful responses! I will be practicing more today and attempting to apply things you guys have said.
Paper. I don't know what paper you are using, but the paper has an effect on catching. Smooth paper does not have the surface texture that will catch the sharp point of the pen/nib as more textured paper does. Also the surface of certain papers seem to break/scratch easier than other papers when wet with ink.
What kind of paper are you using?
To answer both of these questions, I am using the Graphed Practice Pad (28lb) from John Neal Booksellers
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Yeah I might try stacking some books or something, because I'm using a mini-tripod that stands mabye 6 inches from the table.
Both your pens/nibs (Gillott 303 and Leonadt Principal EF) are listed in various sources as not suitable for beginners.
I should mention that the 303 is not an easy nib to work with.
Well the only nibs I have are the Brause 66EF, Leonardt Principal EF, Gillott 303, and the Nikko G. I also discovered the 66EF needs a smaller holder so I can't use it at the moment :\
Thanks smk for all the detailed advice!
1. There is pressure on the up-stroke.
Remedy: As mentioned above, the upstroke should be made with zero pressure.
So the upstroke should just be made with the weight of the nib+holder? I tried that a few times but the lines always squiggled, do you just need to make uptrokes fast?
Vintage Esterbrook 358s are probably the best nibs on the firmer side of the spectrum and John Neal Bookseller has them in stock - get a dozen or so. You won't regret that purchase.
Alright, next time I make an order from John Neal Bookseller I will get these.
Edited by samsonkeane, 06 April 2014 - 14:43.