Basic tools to get started with Copperplate Calligraphy

Basic tools to get started with Copperplate Calligraphy
February 4, 2020 Mabel


Hi and Hello!

I’ve been trying to write the first blogpost here over and over again, thinking what would be the best to start out as a series that will be fun to write and at the same time, it adds value. And I’ve come to a conclusion is that there’s no right or wrong answer to this question.  There’s so much to share about on the calligraphy front and I’m excited to have a place to write and share it with you guys!

Today, I would want to share with you on how simple it is to get started on learning copperplate calligraphy or pointed pen calligraphy.

Often times people come up to me and tell me “I wish I could write as beautifully as you can”, “My handwriting is not pretty, I don’t think I can write like that” etc.. And my only advice to them is to JUST START!

Make a pencil your best tool at low to no cost!

Not having the right tools is not even a reason not to start. A pencil and a paper will be sufficient for you to learn the bare basic of each stroke and in fact, this tool, a pencil, is the best place to start. It stripes you from getting too engrossed beautifying and flourishing your word and make you focus more on getting your foundations right. Best of all, it’s easily accessible, a 2B pencil, a mechanical pencil could be just lying right next to you.

Having a solid foundation is important in getting a consistent letter, it makes the word more cohesive in the overall picture.

Next step!

Once you have a feel of writing calligraphy, then only decide if you like it or not to properly invest in the right tools, such as a penholder, a nib, ink and proper paper. Writing with a nib is what gives the thick and thin strokes in copperplate calligraphy, and honestly, this script is really beautiful. I could bet that you’re here, reading this, is cause you’ve seen this beautiful script before and want to learn more of it.

So, what’s your excuse now not to start? 🙂

What’s coming up?

I would like to start off a series of post focusing on the lowercase letters. I have a goal this year, I want my script to be better than before, and that means going back to basics and strengthening my foundations.

This month, we will be focusing on the basic strokes for lowercase letters. Entrance stroke, Full pressure stroke, Ovals, Underturns, Overturns etc which will form all the letters in the alphabets. Once we have nailed this down, we will next focus on combining all these foundations to form the alphabet.

So get excited! Hold your pencils, prep your nibs, set your writing space and let us run through the letterforms together.

Posting schedule.

A new post will be up every Tuesday and Thursday (starting 4th Feb 2020). Get yourself onto my mailing list so that each new post will be notified into your inbox! Otherwise come back again every Tuesday and Thursday for new content 🙂