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. Ilana D

    The class is so well structured and easy to follow! I’m so impressed by the value for the price. You get a great big worksheet packet and hours of lessons that you can do all on your own time. Lindsey clearly put a ton of work into making this the perfect course. I absolutely recommend.

  2. Holly Moran

    This course helped push me to a new level in my calligraphy journey. I love the style that Lindsey uses and have gone back too many times to count to re-watch sections. I have not only gotten better with my style but discovered that calligraphy can be turned into art – that is a lot coming from a person with little creative skill!

  3. Jennie Higgins

    Half way through this course and loving it so far. So many beginners courses out there but not so many that cater for the next level up. Loving the flourishing!!

  4. Marie-Michelle

    This course provides answers to many questions an intermediary calligrapher needs to know. I am happy to have the possibility to come back to any section to recall some details whenever i need it. Lindsey is a great teacher and takes care to really support her fans experience.

  5. Robin Read

    What a wonderful course! I’m taking my time to enjoy every session. The written materials are very well designed and the videos are a great resource for more tips and guidance. A lot of the course is devoted to flourishing and practicing is pure joy since the results are so beautiful. I am fairly new to calligraphy so I hesitated to sign up for this but I’m so glad I did. Lindsay is so encouraging and inspiring – I look forward to every blog post as well as her many resources in the catalog and supplies.

  6. Rachel S.

    I adore Lindsey’s products. They have really helped me develop my skills with the various tutorials, practices, and sheets she provides. She really provides a wealth of knowledge in this program. It is invaluable to anyone looking to take the next step from beginner to intermediate. It is not an overnight process–at least it wasn’t and isn’t for me. I continue to practice with many of Lindsey’s worksheet offerings to find the one best suited to my abilities to be able to let them shine as her work does. You won’t regret purchasing anything from Linsey’s catalog!

  7. Kristina

    I love Lindsey’s video courses. I have not completed the Intermediate Modern Calligraphy course, because I was pleasantly surprised to learn how much I enjoyed bouncy calligraphy. I spent a few weeks writing in that style and now I am taking my time with the flourishing section. It’s really great to be able to work at the things I’m interested in at my own speed and not have to be pushed forward before I’m ready to move on. I was also very inspired to try different inks, paints, nibs, and papers. I’m having a great time!

  8. Jayne Todd

    I’ve done a few online calligraphy courses, this is by far the best. Lindsey gives so much content and provides oodles of practise sheets. Like another reviewer, I printed them on inkjet paper and the ink does bleed. Lindsey does recommend the best paper to use though so can’t complain. I thoroughly enjoyed this course and what’s more, it’s great value for money .

  9. Quinn Myers

    This is a great course! I am still in the middle of it, and am excited for the projects at the end! The experience is a little affected by the fact that I had to print the worksheet out on regular printer paper, and the ink bleeds. The lessons on ink, nibs, etc. are really helpful, and although I already knew a lot of it from reading a lot of TPK blog posts, it is super nice for an intermediate calligrapher. It is great that Lindsey provides so much practice with the different styles. I also really like the two new styles that are used—I don’t think that I have seen them anywhere else on TPK. I especially like the flourished style! I would recommend this course to anyone at the intermediate stage in calligraphy.

  10. freeman_christina

    I’ve taken a fair number of structured online calligraphy courses in a similar format and while I’ll not compare them by name (a calligrapher never tells right!) I have to say that Lindsey’s course is easily amongst my top 3 and this is the surprising thing, it was so much more affordable that those other courses. So if you are after a value laden course, with professionally recorded lessons and help along the way from Lindsey – then look no further, this one is a no-brainer.

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