February

With the start of a new month, comes a fun page filled with variations for writing February in pointed pen calligraphy! These styles are based on scripts from yesteryear – those of Copperplate and Spencerian. I mixed gouache to create pretty colors or bright pink and purple. If you’re new to gouache, I recommend Winsor […] Read More

Hello November!

We’ve said our goodbyes to October, and now it’s November! One of the things I love most about calligraphy is the variation. It seems like you never run out of ways and styles of writing. Here’s November, written in several different ways, from traditional to modern to flourished. Note the various starting positions on the […] Read More

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

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

Mother’s day!

All that I am, I owe to my mother – Abraham Lincoln Just a bit of pretty pointed pen calligraphy, with step by step instructions for just how to write it! I originally wrote this using guidelines. It looked stiff to me, so I did away with them, and wrote free-handed. This makes the script […] Read More

Custom calligraphy for your wedding envelopes!

Even before seeing your beautiful wedding invitation, your guests will see their names addressed on the envelope. What a special opportunity for them to ooh and ahh over their names and address! Yes, there are gorgeous fonts available, but nothing really compares to hand addressed envelopes written with a dipping pen and ink. Your guests […] Read More