In today’s blog post I want to share a comprehensive list of calligraphy resources. I will be covering everything from the best places to buy supplies to different books and resources for learning calligraphy. My goal with this post is to allow you to have a single resource for your calligraphy journey. Just a note that the resources noted below are not an exhaustive list – these are just ones I have personally used. Let’s get started!
Both Paper and Ink Arts and John Neal Bookseller have a large variety of supplies for calligraphy. These stores are my go to and I usually look for supplies here before looking on amazon.
Amazon is a good place for books for learning calligraphy and some basic supplies like brush pens, paper, and ink. Generally I prefer Paper and Ink Arts and John Neal Bookseller for dip pen calligraphy supplies, inks, and other specialty calligraphy supplies.
Learning Calligraphy Resources
My Faux Calligraphy tutorial here.
Becca has created an amazing beginner calligraphy curriculum which starts with the “Show me your Drills” challenge which is free and continues with several workbooks that you can buy for a very affordable price. I highly recommend Becca’s courses because she teaches you calligraphy in a structured way that prevents you from getting overwhelmed. When you purchase workbooks from Becca you get access to videos of her using the workbooks so it’s a very comprehensive way to learn. The workbooks come in different sizes. The small pen workbook can be used with small brush pens like the Tombow Fudenosuke and also with dip pens. The large pen workbooks is used for large to medium brush pens like the Tombow dual brush pens or the Sakura pigma MB. There is an also an ipad person.
The Ultimate Brush Lettering Guide: A Complete Step-by-Step Creative Workbook to Jump-Start Modern Calligraphy Skills by Peggy Dean:
This is an amazing book for getting started with brush lettering. This book covers everything from learning about different tools to basic strokes, letter formations and more. This is a great book to have on hand and something you will refer to often. I use tracing paper with the book so I can reuse the worksheets.
Lindsay at the Postmans Knock is how I first started to learn calligraphy. She has several affordable worksheets for modern calligraphy and her website and blog have a lot of amazing tutorials. When it comes to dip pen calligraphy, her website is the best resource. If you are having any issues, there is a high likelihood that she has a blog post addressing it. She also has a lot of wonderful worksheets for dip pen drills which really helped me master the dip pen. The only thing I don’t like about her worksheets is that she doesn’t put as much emphasis on basic strokes like the Happy Ever Crafter does. However, I would still recommend her website and worksheets. She is also very sweet and responsive!
Modern Calligraphy: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started in Script Calligraphy by Suber Thorpe, Molly
This book is a great all in one resource that is good to have on hand for different letter styles, projects, and a great resource for learning dip pen calligraphy.
This is a good resource for different calligraphy styles. I rate this as intermediate/advanced because it doesn’t not break down how to achieve every single style so basic knowledge of calligraphy is necessary.
I am not a fan of the title but this book is a wonderful resource for exemplars and basic instruction for various different calligraphy styles. This book covers everything from Roman Capitals, Spencerian, Copperplate, Spencerian, Flourished Calligraphy, and Italic hand.
This is a great workbook and online source set to work on letter consistency, different letterforms, and some flourishing
This practice plan leads you through various dip pen drills (would also work with a small brush pen) to help you improve your calligraphy. Drills have helped improve my calligraphy significantly so I highly recommend this plan. The second version of the plan come out recently and I plan to go through it this fall!
In person classes
Copperplate calligraphy is a traditional form of calligraphy which is the inspiration for the modern calligraphy styles that are common today. In order to learn copperplate calligraphy, I highly recommend an in person class. I took a 4 week class with the Society of Scribes in NYC and it was one of the best investments I made in my calligraphy education. The in person class really allowed me to focus on my calligraphy skills and the personalized feedback was key to my success. If you are not in NYC, I highly recommend looking for a calligraphy guild in your area and take an in person class. The class should have several session as one 2 hour class isn’t enough.
Logos Calligraphy Classes
If you can’t get to an in person class for copperplate, I would highly recommend Logos Calligraphy’s Learn Copperplate. The class is taught very well and provides a very thorough understanding of copperplate calligraphy. The copperplate class covers everything from the basic strokes to letter formations to letter variations and numbers.
Logos Calligraphy worksheets and copperplate practice pads
These are wonderful if you like tracing letterforms and numbers. It’s important through to focus on properly forming the letter using basic strokes instead of mindlessly tracing letters.
Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy: A Step-by-Step Manual by Eleanor Winters
Logos Calligraphy Fearless Flourishing
I am in the middle of going through this course and it is amazing for intermediate and advanced calligraphers.
Ornate Pictorial Calligraphy: Instructions and Over 150 Examples (Lettering, Calligraphy, Typography) by E. A. Lupfer
The Universal Penman by George Bickham