Mirrors are one of my favorite surfaces to write on. They have so many qualities, that as a calligrapher, I LOVE. They have a smooth surface, allowing the pen to glide very easy as well as not needing much ink to show up opaque. Mirrors also allow for easy fixes, unlike wood. Many of you expressed interest in learning some tips on how I write on mirrors and what tools I use. So here it goes!
- CLEAN SURFACE – This is super important! Get yo’ windex out and a whole roll of paper towels, and get to scrubbing. I work with mirrors that have been written on MANY times. So it is very important for me to clean each mirror as best as I can. They show a lot of imperfections in photos, so even the smallest residue will leave for an imperfect finished product. Not worth it, if you ask me. If you have just purchased your mirror, I would highly suggest cleaning it very well in case of any product the store has used on it to sell. **To clean the mirror, I start by using alcohol (very THIN layer) and then spray windex right over. I then repeat that process one more time. **
- WATER SOLUBLE PENCIL – I love this pencil! I begin by drafting my lines with this pencil, then start writing with oil based pen afterwords. Once my calligraphy is complete and DRY, I wipe off the pencil markings with a DRY paper towel.
- OPAQUE MARKER – My favorite marker to use on mirrors are Sharpie OIL based markers in Fine, Extra Fine, and occasionally Medium for headers or large space writing.
- PAPER TOWELS – I have like 2 rolls on me for each project.
- LASER, OR LONG RULER – Any will do, but the longer the better! This allows for straight lines when you are drafting with your pencil.