Is this course right for you? If you have completed The Beginner’s Modern Calligraphy Online Course, the answer is an emphatic yes. If you haven’t taken the Beginner’s Course, here’s how you know you’re ready for this one:

  • You have a strong understanding of how to properly hold a calligraphy pen/form characters.
  • Exerting balanced pressure on both tines of the nib isn’t a problem for you.
  • You have a preference for and familiarity with a specific pen/nib combination (e.g. “I love using the Brause EF66 nib in an oblique pen”).

This self-paced intermediate calligraphy online course is the most comprehensive course yet to grace the TPK site! Without constraints on time or demonstration limitations, I was able to film everything I want to show you — from how to use certain inks to fun flourishing techniques. You can pause and re-watch videos as needed, and if you don’t quite understand how to do something, there’s a “Discussion” portion under each lesson where you can ask questions! All lessons include a short quiz, and most lessons include homework assignments.

To take the course, you’ll just need the course worksheet (print it out on 32# laserjet paper) and a dip pen, a nib, and ink. Whatever you’ve been using as a beginner is perfect!

Here’s the course layout:

Lesson 1: Different Calligraphy Inks (41 minutes)

  • This lesson includes nine different videos that cover the following inks and how you might use them: gouache, India ink, iron gall ink, metallic watercolors, sumi ink, walnut ink, white ink, watercolor (as ink), and Ziller ink.
  • Bonus material includes how to waterproof your calligraphy plus the foolproof way to combine calligraphy and watercolors.

Lesson 2: Different Pointed Pen Nibs (20 minutes)

  • This lesson includes five videos that cover six different nibs (Nikko G, Brause EF66, Brause Rose, Brause Steno, Leonardt Principal, and crowquill nibs.)

Lesson 3: Different Pens (9 minutes)

  • In this short lesson, we’ll talk about straight pens and oblique pens. I believe I can give you some insight that you don’t already know!

Lesson 4: Different Papers + Must-Have Items (10 minutes)

  • In this lesson, I’ll teach you about some different papers that you might consider writing on. We’ll cover which papers to use for what and their quirks. At the end of the lesson, we’ll cover must-have intermediate items like a light box and a rolling ruler.

Lesson 5: Bouncy Calligraphy (20 minutes)

  • Many calligraphers find bouncy calligraphy mystifying because it requires not writing in a straight line. In this lesson, I’ll help you overcome your fear of putting some movement in your strokes!

Lesson 6: Flourishing (55 minutes)

  • The flourishing section will help you make organic-looking flourishes with confidence and grace! You’ll learn how to flourish individual letters, how to flourish words, and how to make white and gold reinforcement flourishes.

Lesson 7: Guidelines and Centering (26 minutes)

  • In this lesson, I’ll teach you how to make beautifully centered, orderly calligraphy by drawing guidelines.

Lesson 8: Inventing Your Own Calligraphy Styles (6 minutes)

  • Part of being an intermediate calligrapher is inventing your own calligraphy styles. In this lesson, I’ll give you “clients” to create projects for. You’ll need to submit photos of your projects to me in the lesson quiz. (Don’t worry if you’re technologically challenged — it’s easy to upload the photos, I promise!)

The total viewing time for this course is over three hours. Depending on your schedule, I’d recommend allocating two months to do everything that you’re asked to do in the course.

Once you purchase this listing, you will be given full access to the Intermediate Calligraphy Online Course videos and worksheet set! Please note that you must have or create an account on TPK to take the course. If you do not have an account, you can easily create one during the checkout process (or create one now). Once you checkout, you will receive an email with a link to the course, or you can find the course in your account.

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97 reviews

  1. Lisa MacIntyre-Park

    The Postman’s Knock Intermediate Calligraphy Course is very well designed and comprehensive and includes both video lessons and a detailed printable workbook. Before going through the course, I was rather apprehensive about flourishing. After completing the worksheets included with the program, I was much more eager to give flourishing a try in my own calligraphy projects and personal letters. I enjoyed working through the course at my own pace, often filling out one page per day (or per week, if life got busy), and enjoyed the encouraging comments I was given when showing off my progress to others in my community. After completing the assignments at the end of the program, there’s a section to submit photos of the work. Lindsey was so kind to go through my work personally, giving both praise and suggestions for improvement. I highly recommend anyone interested in taking the next step with their calligraphy, especially those doing pointed pen calligraphy, to apply themselves to the lessons in TPK’s Intermediate Course.

  2. Mindietta Vogel

    Lindsey is an outstanding teacher. Her courses are an incredible value for what you get. I completed the beginning calligraphy course over Thanksgiving week in 2023 and sent out 25 calligraphed holiday greeting cards before Christmas! The way she teachers allows for quick learning and real-world application right away.

    Next, I purchased this intermediate course and found it to be something I will be coming back to again and again. Once I had the basics down, I was so happy to have an intermediate course to dig deep into inks, papers, nibs, and FLOURISHING! I still need to finish the last module, but I am so happy with both courses.

    Each lesson ends with a quiz, which is confidence building. If you ask a question, Lindsey is quick to respond. I cannot recommend this more highly. Thanks, Lindsey!

  3. Elizabeth Mottram

    I recently started this course after completing the beginner calligraphy course and I have not been disappointed! I loved the beginner course and felt it really gave me a good solid foundation to continue my studies in calligraphy and what better way to continue than with this course! Lindsey is a wonderful teacher, so encouraging and everything is explained so well. The in depth discussions about nibs, inks and everything else was most illuminating! Lindsey’s easy gentle manner of teaching is so very comfortable and really makes you believe you can do this and you can! For anyone who is wavering I most definitely recommend this course.

  4. maurariti

    When I first knew I wanted learn calligraphy I was overwhelmed by all the wonderful people out there sharing information and teaching their skills. Not to be overwhelmed I decided to narrow down the choices I would follow and utilize. Lindsey became my no fail – go to person. It seemed the more I followed her the more I learned so it was a no brainer when I started to take some of her online courses. Needless to say I haven’t been disappointed. From watercolors to multiple styles of calligraphy there hasn’t been a time I haven’t been excited to try something new with her step by step guidance. Taking the intermediate calligraphy course was a special treat. The way that every lesson is carefully curated makes the entire course seem like a lovely journey. I am especially fond of the way Lindsey presents the different information and enjoy the side details and stories which help make the information relatable. Also, the worksheets that pair with the courses are incredible and totally support all of the lessons making them practical and fun. Not only does she offer the expertise of the art, but at the same time does it in a relaxing and informal style, which for me is important. The advice and suggestions (backed by her personal experience) are a bonus that I believe makes her courses unique from others out there.
    I have taken several courses which has helped me create beautiful items to share as gifts and use my lettering to achieve several goals. I look forward to enjoying many more.

  5. Teresa Cisneros

    I have enjoyed very much this course. I completed the beginner course and wanted to continue learning. Lindsey provides a step by step information . She guides you every step of the way by providing video and personal assistance if needed. She also has a lot of free resources on the subject. I highly recommend her courses.

  6. Holly

    I have been a long time fan and follower of Lindsay at The Postmans Knock. Love this tutorial. It is so detailed and comprehensive and even though I have experience in calligraphy I have learned a lot from her videos in this tutorial. The videos and instructions are spot on. Plus, the quizzes are a lot of fun. Excellent teacher and has always answered my questions so timely. I highly recommend this tutorial (and all of her products). Thank you Lindsay for creating and sharing your art.

  7. Alexis K

    Lindsey has been such a fun and encouraging teacher to learn from. I started out in the beginner calligraphy course and was surprised by how much I loved it! I’ve been slowly working my way through the intermediate course, loving calligraphy more and more. Thank you for all of the work you’ve poured into these courses and giving me all the tools I need to succeed!

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