Once you learn one calligraphy hand, you will always be “learning a new calligraphy script”! I’ve been “learning” Copperplate calligraphy for about 7 years now. Beginner and advanced calligraphers alike follow a similar process for learning a new script, or “hand”.
In my experience, the success of writing calligraphy depends on the planning process. Use this method to create guidelines to practice writing calligraphy in a circle. It takes some playing around with the size of the circle and the size of the calligraphy to get it right. Start off with just a few words or … More How to Write Calligraphy in a Circle
Why Your New Calligraphy Nib Isn’t Writing (Even Though You’ve Dipped it Into Ink More than 80 Times) It’s not you. And it’s not the nib.
Using a firm pen hold to write hurts after a while. The tension isn’t only the hand either — usually when the writing hand hurts, so do the neck and shoulders. Sometimes the jaw and eyebrows are gripping just as tight as the writing hand! If you’re reading this, you already know. In addition to … More A Better Pen Hold for Better Calligraphy
This article is for anyone who wants to develop better posture habits. Since this is a calligraphy blog, I’ll be looking at posture through that lens, but feel free to substitute in what you do. These habits can appear in the body whether we’re seated or standing. Either way, we have an opportunity to notice … More Cultivating Better Posture Habits
A book I made recently inspired this article for calligraphy layout tips. Or rather, a mistake I made in my composition inspired this post. If you’ve been practicing calligraphy for a while and are starting to create final calligraphy pieces with longer text, read along for tips on how to strengthen your compositions — and … More Calligraphy Layout for Quality Compositions
Here’s a little dry brush calligraphy tutorial I contributed to the Calligraphic Society of Arizona. Our guild created an e-mail series called “Ink-spirations” to keep each other inspired and creative during the 2020 pandemic.
Honestly, for the first five years, I was waiting for calligraphy to become serious about me. … More Becoming a Calligrapher
“Friend, our closeness is this: anywhere you put your foot, feel me in the firmness under you.” –Rumi … More Threshold Calligraphy for Yoga Oasis
Item #1 might surprise you. … More Pay Attention to These 4 Things for Better Calligraphy