Calligraphy on dark colored paper

Dark colored paper is not only great for practicing on, it’s also beautiful for projects. Recently I participated in an envelope exchange, and I addressed my blue envelopes in white ink. If this is something you’re interested in trying, then I hope the instructions in my post are helpful for you! Dr. Ph Martin’s Bleed […] Read More

Getting Started in Calligraphy

Pointed pen calligraphy is a beautiful form of art! With hand lettering classes on the rise, and the abundance of colored markers with flexible tips, many are now interested in pursuing this style of calligraphy! My mom introduced me to Italic calligraphy which uses a broad edged pen, and I enjoyed that immensely as a […] Read More

Modern vs Traditional

Modern hand lettering has become popular, and I’m sharing a few tips for writing in a more modern style using your pointed pen. I’ll always recommend starting with a traditional hand before trying your own thing! Having the foundation of a classic, timeless letterform is so important. So, take time to study Copperplate or Spencerian […] Read More

Count on me like 1,2,3

This week I shared quite a bit regarding writing numbers in calligraphy over on my Instagram account. I tend to keep my numbers more simple, as less can be more. If a 1 could be mistaken for a 7, know that you might end up with postal delays. There are some pretty ways to flourish […] Read More

August!

It’s a new month, and I can’t believe summer is nearly over. Today I’m sharing three ways to write the word August. I’m using a Moblique penholder, Nikko G nib, black sumi ink, and my favorite lined Rhodia tablet! (click through to purchase) Have fun giving these a try! Read More

Never Stop Learning

“It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” ―John Wooden I’m writing this post, not as someone who knows it all, but as someone who realizes the importance of learning, and never stopping! In the world of calligraphy there are local guilds, international organizations, conferences, and classes to be a part of, […] Read More

Private penmanship classes

I am so excited about this new opportunity to teach my love of beautiful handwriting! Rather than focus on actual calligraphy as my other workshops do, we will study the forms that make these pretty letters. The ideal student should already know how to read and write. I am offering private classes in the Valley […] Read More

The end of the alphabet…

If you’ve been following along on my Instagram account {@jennifercalligrapher} then you will know that we’ve completed the alphabet! It’s been such a great journey. Give me a follow to see all the letters. If I could sit down and talk with you about calligraphy, I’d encourage you to practice a little each day, even […] Read More

Step by step calligraphy

Sharing a couple more recent pictures from my Instagram account, which you should follow btw! Words of advice I’d offer to a student of calligraphy- go slow. Take your time to achieve a proper pen grip. Pay attention to spacing and shading. Do warm-up exercises. If you’re able to join your local calligraphy guide and/or […] Read More