If you're interested in learning calligraphy, here are some resources that I have found to be extremely helpful so far in my journey:

There is a great tutorial over at Jones Design Company that teaches you "how to fake calligraphy" if you aren't quite ready to take the plunge. Learning and mastering this technique actually ended up being quite helpful for me when I started real calligraphy with pen and ink. In fact, I still use this technique when I don't want super fine hairlines or I want to play around with a really funky style.

(and WHAT to order)

Most of this will need to be ordered from one of the above-mentioned sites. You will NOT find most of this at HobLob, JoAnn's, etc. Seriously, trust me. I read the same exact thing from a different blogger but was still certain they were wrong and went to all of my local art/craft stores to check. They were right. Save yourself the trouble :) My suggestion would be to try at least 2 different types of nibs and buy at least 2 of each. Unfortunately, sometimes they arrive as duds and simply will not dispense the ink properly.. It sucks but they're only about $1 a piece so you'll survive. Try both an oblique & regular pen holder to find your preference (I prefer oblique). You can get both for under $4.

Brause EF66 - PERFECTION. My absolute favorite.
Gillott 303 Nibs - awesome downstrokes but are pretty bad about catching on the upstrokes
Gillott 404 nibs
Speedball Oblique Pen Holder
Speedball Pen Holder
Higgins Eternal Ink (also available at Blick Art Supply & other Art stores.. and make sure you don't let your cats knock it over because it will NOT come out of your carpet.. unfortunately I know this from experience)

I have played around with a few colored inks but still don't feel comfortable suggesting any yet. Stay tuned.

You can also try a copperplate sampler if you're feeling adventurous! I would love to do this someday :)

I purchased Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy by Eleanor Winters, but I haven't really put it to use. It teaches very formal, traditional calligraphy - set letterforms with strict angles. I prefer a more modern approach so I did not find this book very helpful. HOWEVER, you can get it on Amazon for like $12 so I think it is well worth it for any beginner. It is VERY thorough and does a wonderful job of teaching the basics!

I didn't invest in good paper at first, but I would definitely recommend it to beginners. Anything subpar will result in lots of ink splatters, caught nibs, and warped paper. All annoying, all completely avoidable. I like using Mixed Media paper with a Bristol finish. I have also read great things about Hot-Pressed Watercolor paper for finished products and also HP Premium Laserjet Printer Paper for practice. is an awesome resource as well. I have only taken one class, Digitizing Calligraphy by Molly Suber Thorpe. Like the title suggests, it teaches you how to transform your calligraphy from a sketch on paper to a vector file on the computer. Amazing class. There are tons of others that I would like to try as well. Check it out!

Modern Calligraphy by Molly Suber Thorpe - absolutely in love with this book, but it's definitely more of a DIY book than a calligraphy how-to
A multitude of pins on pinterest

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