For the past nine years, I’ve joyfully created modern calligraphy. It never occurred to me to try my hand at a traditional style until I began getting requests for Copperplate calligraphy worksheets starting about five years ago. At that point, I picked up Eleanor Winters’ Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy, and I promptly felt overwhelmed by all the rules and guidelines.
Tona Bell is an entrepreneur in Tampa whose creative mind inspires me! When I first walked into her shop, The Paper Seahorse, in 2016, I couldn’t get myself to stop gawking at all the engaging displays. Bits of papery goodness added flair to every nook. It’s still one of my favorite places ever, though The Paper Seahorse’s doors are closed for now due to the pandemic.
When you see photos of beautiful calligraphy online, it’s easy to forget that once upon a time, the calligrapher’s work didn’t look nearly as polished. Today, I’m sharing a collection of my calligraphy progress photos to remind you that improvement takes time, practice, and a willingness to experiment!
For years, I searched for the perfect gold calligraphy ink. I needed something opaque, rich, and durable, but all the liquid inks I tried were partially transparent (or had mica particles that sunk to the bottom of the jar and stayed there). As it turns out, the ink I was seeking didn’t turn out to be an ink at all! Once I discovered Finetec watercolors, there was no going back. In this article, I’ll teach you how to use metallic watercolors to create stunning gold calligraphy.
I’ve been looking forward to making a beautiful calligraphy birthday card all week. It’s for a TPK reader who just turned 15 years old (and is deftly making her way through the intermediate course — go, Quinn)! As I brainstormed ideas, I needed to make sure that the card checked a few boxes: first, it had to be eye-catching and inspirational. Second, I wanted it to have a festive feel. Finally, it needed to take well under an hour (i.e. one toddler nap time length) to make from start to finish.
Calligraphy medallions are stunning pieces of art comprised of simple strokes and repetition. When you make a calligraphy medallion, you’re practicing pointed pen movements and learning spatial consistency. While these benefits are appealing, the best part about making calligraphy medallions is the result of your efforts!