The Scratchy Nib

 

I'm Juhi Chitra and that's my home-studio in Delhi. The Scratchy Nib is my calligraphy passion turned into a side-business.

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By day, I am an independent digital Product Designer (fancy words for designing mobile apps). While design will always be my first calling, calligraphy has become my guilty pleasure. Along with lettering, I love working with paper, journaling, planning, creating mail art, and collecting stationery. My workspace is always over-run with washi tapes and stamps. I enjoy cappuccinos, cosmology, natural history, science-fiction, and sleeping till noon.

 Stationery I brought back from a trip to Japan. I am still putting it all away.

Stationery I brought back from a trip to Japan. I am still putting it all away.

A spread from my planner. I love using my Traveler's Notebook with the Bullet Journaling system for both planning and journaling.



My story

I first started doing calligraphy at 15. I begged my parents to get me a kids' calligraphy book I saw at a fair; read through it in a day, but living in a very small town, couldn't find any calligraphy tools to start practicing with.

So my mother made me my first reed quill and together with a flat-edged highlighter, I learned italics, became obsessed, and successfully shaved off at least 2 percentages off my Xth-standard board exams that year.

For the next decade, calligraphy remained a small hobby albeit a good advantage to have in a design career.

Over a year ago, I became obsessed again when a friend gifted me a brush pen. And this time, being a freelancer working from home, I had the time to spend night after joyful night chasing after beautiful letterforms in peace. 

Now I am trying to take this passion a step forward and turning it into a part-time profession and by sharing my skills with others. But my biggest focus is still improving and expanding my skills.

 The first time I tried a brush pen, and a year later with the same pen. (Got better at calligraphy but worse at spelling)

The first time I tried a brush pen, and a year later with the same pen. (Got better at calligraphy but worse at spelling)

 

 

Some of my calligraphy work

A mix of modern calligraphy, brush lettering, copperplate, spencerian hand, gothic styles, mail-art and iPad lettering.