In 2020, Maureen Vickery created a reindeer-themed holiday card for TPK. People loved it so much that I couldn’t help but ask her to contribute another tutorial! The result is this gorgeous filigree Easter card, inspired by Monika Fällman’s filigree work in Issue 13 of Calligraphy Crush Magazine. With its intricate florals and pastel colors, this card celebrates the season … and makes you crave chocolate.
Calligraphy beginners often write to me with a question: “Do I start by learning brush pen calligraphy? Or do I start by learning pointed pen calligraphy?” Today, I’ll examine the answer to that in a YouTube video … with — and I hope you won’t mind this! — the help of a lovely little assistant.
Calligraphy nibs enable beautiful lettering creations, but they can also prove to be finicky little things! We’ve all been there: you open up a new packet of nibs, insert one that you’ve been excited about using in your pen, and … the ink won’t flow. Or, maybe the nib writes, but not without scratching into the paper with a vengeance. You’ll find solutions for these problems — plus five others — in today’s article.
Around this time every year, I go through a serious letter-writing spurt. Spring has a rejuvenating feel, so it’s a nice time to update friends on my happenings via letters. If I’m really feeling ambitious, I make a couple of cards and decorated envelopes in advance to send out later in the year. Today’s article is a two-for-one of mail art tutorials that will inspire you to send some springtime mail, too!
Fact: doing calligraphy drills will improve your pointed pen skills. They’re good for all levels of calligraphers: beginners will benefit from enhanced pen control. Intermediate calligraphers will experience greater confidence when writing letters and flourishes. Even advanced calligraphers do drills — often as a warmup — to ensure a steady hand.