Where do I start?
Take a Workshop!
Welcome and I hope you enjoy your Modern Calligraphy journey. If you are in the local Toronto area, I encourage you to join me for an in-person Modern Calligraphy workshop. They are small in size (normally 10-15 people), 2 hours long, includes a kit to get you started and are a fun way to learn a new craft with an encouraging group of people. Check out the list of current workshops that are available here. They do sell-out quickly, so if you see one that works for you, I encourage you to register as soon as you can.
Can't take a workshop?
Download a workbook!
If you are not in the local Toronto area, not to worry. I've begun creating more comprehensive workbooks to help you learn Modern Calligraphy at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home. If you are completely new to Calligraphy then I suggest you start with this workbook. If you have experience with putting your pen together and have practiced your beginning strokes and alphabet, but want to expand your lettering practice, then this workbook is perfect for you. For those who are looking for more advanced options and want to work on flourishes and try your hand at a short quote, then stay tuned as the Advanced Modern Calligraphy workbook is almost ready to share!
What supplies do you recommend?
I get asked this question a lot so here is a list with links to my favourite nibs, pens and paper that I recommend you start adding to your own personal Modern Calligraphy kit!
- Nikko G, Zebra G, Gillot 404 nibs. They are what I still use for all my lettering and design work. You can find them in my shop here.
- Manuscript pens are great starter pens. I stock a few in my shop here. I also like speedball pens and have this one that I use often too.
- For ink I use Speedball in the workshops, but also love to use Higgins Eternal ink.
- Bowen and Ridley paper is what I recommend for practicing on. Translucent for tracing and Layout for finished work.
- I also recommend that you have a pencil and eraser handy, as well as photocopy paper which works great as sketch paper for when you are praticing your alphabets and quotes!
What videos do you recommend?
I have been slowly adding videos to my YouTube Channel demonstrating how to write both lower and upper case letters. If you haven't subscribed to these videos yet, please do. I will be adding more videos demonstrating how to write words as well as useful tips such as, how to hold your pen properly etc.
More Q&As will be added here, keep in touch!