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. Heather

    I absolutely love this course so far! Lindsey is a fabulous teacher, the lessons are rich in information, and the videos are extremely helpful. I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect from the course before committing, but I’m so glad I decided to give it a go — I’ve learned a ton, increased my confidence in a variety of areas and been inspired to create!

  2. Amanda

    I love how well these video are done and simple it is to follow along at home. She breaks down the lessons in small steps and explains everything in a clear and concise way. If you are looking for a way to move forward, this is a great course!

  3. Monica Bernpaintner

    Wow! This is amazing. I love Lindsey’s way of teaching and have received so many compliments on the handwritten letters I have created while practicing during this course. Highly recommended!

  4. aneesahaq

    Hi I’m a big fan of TPK. I have enjoyed doing a lot of the projects and have gotten a lot of worksheets to practice and improve my calligraphy. So when the intermediate calligraphy course came out, I was very happy. It’s exactly what I was hoping for. The flourished calligraphy practice is very elegant but very intricate and difficult to master. I liked the general flourishes the best. I only wish that there was more explanation on how to make flourishes in general. I’ve only started the course. Looking forward to working on it.

  5. Taylor

    If you’re looking for the perfect pandemic activity, look no further! This course offers all the detailed knowledge I’ve been craving to deepen my calligraphy practice from home. It’s a great way to both go at your own pace, and also set up a consistent schedule–who doesn’t need some structure and self-care to look forward to? I like starting my Sunday mornings with a cup of tea and some time to learn and practice with this course. I took a beginner course in person a few years ago and this is exactly what I was looking for to take the next step. Lindsey has been so thoughtful in putting this course together, and it’s such a great deal too — you can’t go wrong!

  6. NitKnitNit

    I have completed most of the course and can highly recommend it. It is a much easier way to improve your calligraphy skills than trying to use books or YouTube videos. The class videos are excellent and I love having the easily accessible worksheets to print out as many times as I need to feel comfortable with my new skills. It also helped me to organize all of my supplies and clarify which inks and nibs I really like working with. I would also recommend it even if you’ve already done the beginners course, which I also recommend.

  7. smoltervn2007

    I am in the process of completing this course and so far it doesn’t disappoint. Whenever I have a question about calligraphy I ALWAYS go to the TPK website. What a generous person Lindsey is to put so much time and effort into educating others. I have become better and better at calligraphy all because of the instruction she has provided. I look forward to seeing what I can learn as I complete this and other courses in the future.

  8. jaimien1

    I had already taken Lindsey’s beginner calligraphy course, and was excited and ready to move up to the next level and take the intermediate level course! She lays everything out so clearly and sets the course at a good pace. It feels very low pressure but also really gives you a good chance to learn and practice new calligraphy skills. Overall I have found it very beneficial and would recommend the course to anyone looking to improve their calligraphy!

  9. chiarafotografia

    Lindsey is an amazing teacher and artist! She breaks all of the lessons down into bite size pieces, explains throughly without being long winded, and includes a wonderful worksheet packet. If you have questions, she responds quickly and is extremely knowledgable. This is my third course purchased from her (in addition to a few of her other projects and worksheets). You will not be disappointed in anything she creates and I highly recommend this course in particular for the person learning calligraphy, but looking for the “next step”.

  10. Margaret R Ball

    This is the very first calligraphy course I’ve purchased. Up until now, I’ve made use of various free resources. I have not been disappointed. This is a very well presented course which allows you to go at your own pace–very important to me. Also, Lindsey responds to you if you have questions about the course and is very kind–never makes you feel like you’re a bother. In fact, she’s very encouraging. I would (and have) recommend it to anyone who has a basic skill level and wants to take the next steps.

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