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Welcome to The Postman’s Knock, the premier destination for mastering the art of pointed pen calligraphy. Our philosophy is simple: approach your practice with patience, curiosity, and the right tools.

— Start Your Calligraphy Journey

The Complete Pointed Pen Calligraphy Learning Package

TPK’s Modern Calligraphy Starter Kit and Beginner’s Modern Calligraphy Online Course contain all the tools and information you need to build a solid foundation for a blossoming calligraphy journey.


— Welcome to The Postman’s Knock

Hi, I’m Lindsey Bugbee

I’m Lindsey, a calligraphy artist with over a decade of experience in the world of pointed pen calligraphy. As a passionate practitioner since 2012, I’ve has been sharing my knowledge through both online and in-person workshops, empowering countless learners to embark on their own beautiful calligraphy journeys.

I understand that success in this beautiful medium depends on using high-quality supplies and drawing from a well of foundational information and skills. When you decide to learn from The Postman’s Knock (TPK), you’re tapping into a resource that will keep you supported and inspired as you develop what’s sure to become a satisfying and lifelong new skill.

Enrollment is Open for Spring/Summer 2020 Calligraphy Workshops!

— Discover the Perfect Calligraphy Combination

What’s Special About TPK’s Calligraphy Kit + Online Course?

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→ Thoughtfully Crafted

Designed with intention by a pointed pen calligraphy expert to meet a beginner’s needs.

This kit workbook includes 49 pages of quality instruction and calligraphy exercises.

→ Comprehensive

Comes with a 49-page workbook that will teach you two modern calligraphy styles.

Artistic Bonus Lesson →

Online course learners get access to a Copperplate (traditional) calligraphy bonus lesson.

Lesson 5 (Optional): Creating Copperplate Calligraphy

Carefully Assembled →

Kit is compiled with utmost care and attention in Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Calligraphy City Map of Boulder, CO

— The TPK Philosophy

A Comprehensive Learning Experience

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From supplies to technique, this course covers all of the basics.

Pointed pen calligraphy starter kits abound online. If a calligraphy kit is not designed by a reputable calligrapher, it may not include quality supplies or instructions. Some kits might pair with a course, but many kits leave users to their own devices with minimal information. Once you finish those kits’ workbooks, you’re expected to navigate the world of calligraphy on your own. The TPK philosophy is simple: provide you with the proper supplies and instructions, then keep the inspiration flowing to you in the form of creative pointed pen tutorials and free worksheets. Sign up to receive TPK emails + tutorials by clicking here.

— Choose Quality and Guidance

Unveiling the Contents of TPK’s Calligraphy Starter Kit

The best pointed pen calligraphy starter kit available:

  • Nikko G nib – the most approachable calligraphy nib for most beginners
  • Brause EF66 nib – a wonderful little nib that will give you dramatic stroke contrast
  • Custom designed nib tin – to safely store your nibs
  • Pearly turquoise straight pen with universal insert that will fit most calligraphy nibs
  • Wooden oblique pen with a flange that I hand-adjust to fit the Nikko G nib
  • “Art water” cup – to store the water that you use to clean nibs throughout writing sessions
  • Tightly woven cleaning cloth to wipe off your nibs throughout and after your writing sessions
  • Yasutomo sumi ink (2 oz.) – A velvety Japanese sumi ink that’s great for any skill level
  • Glass jar with screw-top gold lid (1 oz.) for long-term ink storage
  • 49-page workbook (6″ x 8.5″, 15.24 cm x 21.6 cm) full of information and guided practice
This calligraphy kit provides an artistic and inspirational way to kick off your calligraphy journey!
This kit workbook includes 49 pages of quality instruction and calligraphy exercises.
Lesson 2: Pointed Pen Calligraphy Supplies
TPK's modern calligraphy starter kit provides you with everything you need in order to learn pointed pen calligraphy.
This little nib tin will keep precious nibs safe!

— project gallery

Beginner’s Modern Calligraphy Online Course Student Creations

This is just a small sampling of what students went on to create after completing the Beginner’s Modern Calligraphy Online Course, often with the help of TPK Blog tutorials:

I believe I have read every blog that Lindsey has written on TPK, as well as watched almost all of her videos on the various calligraphy styles. I put nib and ink to paper last night – please excuse any errors. Thank you for all of the information you provide to us Lindsey!

Audrey S.

Here’s my latest project for my godson’s Halloween-themed birthday. This was my first time using gum arabic as well as white ink. I had a lot of fun, but working with different ink viscosities and on other paper than ink jet premium proved to be a challenge!

Alice P.

Made this for my niece’s 20th birthday coming up later this month. She’s a dancer so I used all dance quotes. I started it early because I thought it would take much longer. Happy with how it turned out even though the size of the writing varies a bit.

Beth C.

I had a go at this project from Lindsey’s email this week. I love the fact that you can swap the foliage to fit the occasion.

Joanna H.

Through my Chinese group, I found out about Heart of Dinner that looks for volunteers to make cards for their elderly recipients who combat food insecurity and isolation within NYC’s elderly Asian American community. I decided to use this opportunity to combine my love of languages, calligraphy practice, and practice my Chinese to this purpose. Here are some of my cards. I definitely learned a lot during the process. I used templates from Lindsey’s website and modified some of her design to incorporate Chinese characters. This was a fun project and it has been a while since I did something like this. Lindsey was right about not just doing worksheets but to also make things with what I learned.

Katy L.

I flew through this course since I had a lot of experience with letter formation and pen pressure. The info I learned about using dip pens, ink, paper, etc. was sooo helpful in this course. I just loved all the insights and videos. I was excited to create my first birthday card today with one of the project ideas. There are things I would change or do differently, but I was super excited to reach this milestone. Thank you, Lindsey!

Jessica L.

I didn’t quite get Christmas cards out this year, but I just finished my thank you cards. I got some new ink for Christmas and had to try it out in the thank you cards.

Rachel S.

I was inspired by a portrait I saw from At Home and thought I could create my own!!!! Just using the skills you have taught us!

Ashley T.

TPK’s Beginner’s Modern Calligraphy Online Course helps you to build a solid calligraphy foundation, with plenty of encouragement and support to help you create any project you want to go on to create! Take it from the students whose works are featured above: you can use your pointed pen calligraphy skills to make so many amazing projects.

Hear From TPK Students

Hear it straight from TPK Modern Calligraphy Starter Kit owners and Beginner’s Modern Calligraphy Online Course students. This is the internet’s most special place to learn and hone your pointed pen calligraphy skills!

Dorothea S. | New York, New York, United States

Garry L. | North Vancouver District, Canada

Ashley T. | Dallas, Texas, United States

TPK’s starter kit coupled with the beginner’s course is the best way to begin finding your way into and through the world of calligraphy. It has everything you need with no need to get anything else.


TPK Student

I spent many years dancing around the idea of trying calligraphy, and bought a few kits to spark inspiration. None of them stuck though- the instructions were not detailed enough, and the items were all cheap and low-quality. However, I knew I had found a gem when a friend gifted me this kit! The supplies inside has lasted me many hours of practice, and the packaging is absolutely beautiful (I still have the box!). This was honestly one of the best gifts I have ever received!


TPK Student

Purchased this kit 4 months ago and I love every item in the box. For someone who is totally new to dip pens, I’m glad I bought the beginner course too! Perfect gift for myself.


TPK Student

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Explore TPK’s Modern Calligraphy Starter Kit

Discover TPK’s Modern Calligraphy Starter Kit in this short video.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have to purchase the Beginner’s Modern Calligraphy Online Course and the Calligraphy Starter Kit together?

The Beginner’s Modern Calligraphy Online Course and Calligraphy Starter Kit can be purchased separately. However, I highly recommend combining them for the best learning experience.

How can I gift the Calligraphy Starter Kit with enrollment in the Beginner’s Modern Calligraphy Online Course?

To gift the Calligraphy Starter Kit and the Beginner’s Modern Calligraphy Online Course together, simply purchase the calligraphy kit separately and buy a gift certificate for $35. Email [email protected] immediately after your purchase to include the gift certificate and enrollment instructions in the kit package for your recipient.

Is the calligraphy starter kit appropriate for lefties?

Yes. The left-handed version of the calligraphy kit includes a left oblique calligraphy pen instead of a right oblique pen. Be sure to add the left-handed version of the kit to your cart.

Does the Modern Calligraphy Starter Kit ship outside the USA?

Yes, TPK ships worldwide. Please be aware that your government may charge you a VAT (Value Added Tax) or a similar charge before they will deliver. International delivery times vary from 2-6 weeks.

Will my access to the Beginner’s Modern Calligraphy Online Course ever expire?

Once you enroll in The Beginner’s Modern Calligraphy Online Course, you have access to its videos and material forever. There’s no expiration date.

What’s your return policy?

I’m happy to accommodate return or replacement requests. If something isn’t right with your kit, or you’ve started the Beginner’s Modern Calligraphy Online Course and you have determined it’s not for you, email me at [email protected].

Does the oblique pen included in the starter kit accommodate both nibs in the starter kit?

There are two nibs included in the starter kit: a Nikko G nib (which I consider to be the best pointed pen nib for beginners; read why here) and a Brause EF66 nib (my personal favorite nib). The straight pen included in the kit will accommodate both the Brause EF66 and the Nikko G nib. The oblique pen included in the kit will only accommodate the Nikko G nib plus a smattering of other nibs not included in the kit (Leonardt Principal, Zebra G, Brause Steno). It will not accommodate the Brause EF66 nib. The shank on the EF66 nib is very small, and for that reason, oblique pen flanges for it have to be custom-made from a strip of brass. If you enjoy using the Brause EF66 in your straight pen, you can buy a Brause EF66 oblique pen when you’re ready.

I’m in the USA. When can I expect my calligraphy starter kit to arrive?

Unless otherwise requested, we ship domestically for free via USPS Priority Mail. That generally puts your kit on your doorstep 2-3 business days after shipping. Under normal circumstances, we ship orders out every weekday morning. In short, your kit should arrive within a week of you ordering it, if not much sooner.

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