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. Alexis

    This is the second course I have taken with TPK and I love it! Lindsey is so knowledgeable and gives such great detail. She is thorough without but efficient. I have learned so much through her online courses. I also love that I can go at my own pace and take a break when I need to and come back when I have the time. Her platform is easy to use and your purchases are all stored in one easy to find place. In addition, all of the free resources and inspirational emails Lindsey sends out are so helpful. I will continue to be a loyal follower, customer, and supporter!

  2. Anna

    This is an excellent course if you want to move your calligraphy to the next level – particularly flourishing, which has always been my weak point. It’s fun, engaging and really, really effective. Seriously, if you want to see results, this is the course for you. All the downloadable worksheets are brilliant too.

  3. Zontziry Johnson

    What a phenomenal follow-up to the Beginner’s course! Thanks to this, I have tried and found nibs I love, inks I love, and started learning to flourish. I used this course to know how heavy of cardstock to use for Harry Potter style envelopes at Halloween and tags for Christmas, what order to do the calligraphy vs watercolor when combining the two, and what inks worked best with what nibs. Love using this still as a reference tool!

  4. Liz

    This is such a useful course once you get past the basics. So much truly useful information, in a format that is very easy to follow and you can work through the course at your own speed. I actually came here from another calligrapher’s basic course, and the way that it is set up means that it worked in tandem with what I had already learned, the design of the course is just that good 🙂 Lindsey was very kind in helping me to determine whether I needed the basic course as well, or just the intermediate – wonderful! thank you, Lindsey!

  5. Fran Sparks

    I am working on this course, and must say it is packed full of information, examples and drills, and worksheets to take y9ur calligraphy to the next level. Just the section on inks is a real treat. Highly reccomend.

  6. mdmiller725

    This course has taken my calligraphy skills to a whole new level! I recommended TPK worksheets to everyone!

  7. Laura Eydmann

    Still working my way through this as I don’t have much time and I’m a perfectionist, but it’s great! Really helpful and I’m finding it great stress relief as well!

  8. Kimberly

    This is a great way to further my calligraphy skills in a fun, entertaining way. All the bases are covered here! And Lindsey is always super helpful in answering questions and providing instructions & support. I highly recommend this course as well as Lindsey’s beginner calligraphy course!

  9. Agnès

    I bought this a while ago but I must say it is still very useful as I go back to it from time to time. Totally worth it!

  10. Margaret

    I am a long-time artist but somewhat new to pointed pen calligraphy. Lindsey’s presentation of each skill and technique has been extremely helpful in getting me straightened out (no pun intended) with how I use the materials. She breaks down her instruction into concise pieces for each topic. This makes it very easy to return to earlier topics and refresh my memory. She is also easy to follow and full of expert tips. She answered all my questions promptly and was very supportive and kind. She is an excellent teacher and I have already recommended her courses to several of my friends.

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