CALLIGRAPHY PRACTICE WORKSHEETS

5 Days of Calligraphy Practice: Getting Back to the Very Basics // Worksheets found here: Dropbox

 

VIDEO TUTORIALS

Mixing Gouache or Watercolor to Create Ink for Calligraphy Use. Write in any color or even create your own custom color - the sky is the limit! // Watch video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=csSZpJAj6Ag

Brush Lettering Basics. I use a Windsor & Newton round, size 00 watercolor brush but you can also use actual brush pens. Other supplies used in video: Watercolor paints, Glass of water, Legal ads section of newspaper  // Watch video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7axYUU0P68

 

WHERE TO BUY

Paper Ink & Arts - http://www.paperinkarts.com/ - All the calligraphy supplies (nibs, ink, etc) you'll ever need!

 

FAVORITE CALLIGRAPHY SUPPLIES 

NIBS 

Below are some of my favorites. Each nib has its own personality so don't be afraid to try as much as you can till you find the perfect fit for you.

  • Brause Steno Pen/Blue Pumpkin - nib used in class and kits
  • Zebra Comic G - stiffer nib, perfect for beginners and those that are heavy handed
  • Nikko G - stiffer nib, perfect for beginners and those that are heavy handed
  • Hunt 101 - my very first nib and very beginner friendly
  • Brause Extra Fine 66 - little more advanced and flexible nib, the best for getting thick chunky downstrokes
  • Hiro 41 - my latest favorite, flexible but still stiff nib

PEN HOLDERS

INKS

PAPER 

  • For practicing: 24lb inkjet printer paper or paper with a higher weight, otherwise ink would bleed
  • Tracing paper, can be found at Hobby Lobby or local art store
  • Master's Touch Sketchbook, can be found at Hobby Lobby or local art store
  • Cardstock: Neenah Paper - my favorite cardstock to use - 80lb Cover for cards or prints or if I'm in a crunch and need it locally, I use 110lb Text Cover found at Office Depot.
  • Envelopes: PaperSource envelopes and place cards 
  • Envelopes: CardsandPockets.com envelopes, place cards and cardstock 

STAMPS (RUBBER OR SELF INKING)

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

WEBSITES

  1. Iampeth, click Lessons tab - http://www.iampeth.com/ - The International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting. You'll find Copperplate and Spencerian letterforms, guidelines, videos, and so much more - all for free! 
  2. Flourish Forum - http://www.theflourishforum.com/forum/ - A forum talking about anything calligraphy 

BOOKS

  1. Modern Calligraphy by Molly Suber Thorpe http://www.paperinkarts.com/thorpe.htm - lots of letterforms for practice and DIY projects such as invitations, place cards, etc. 
  2. Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy by Eleanor Winters http://www.paperinkarts.com/winter.html - a very informative, thorough self-study book to learn traditional Copperplate calligraphy

BLOGS/POSTS

  1. Besotted Blog - Calligrapher Interview Series- http://besottedblog.com/category/hand-lettering/calligrapher-interviews - great series to learn about some seasoned calligraphers, their advice, and the supplies they use
  2.  The Postman's Knock - https://thepostmansknock.com/5-unique-ways-to-address-an-envelope/ - great assortment of ways to address envelopes
  3. Guide to choosing a Brush Pen for Calligraphyhttp://www.jetpens.com/blog/guide-to-choosing-a-brush-pen-for-calligraphy/pt/621 - very informative post about different kinds of brush pens