Traditional Copperplate Calligraphy for Beginners - Saturday 17 March 2018

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Traditional Copperplate Calligraphy for Beginners - Saturday 17 March 2018


Saturday, 17 March 2018
10am to 1pm

at THE COWORK CO, 421 Lygon Street, Brunswick East 3056

Traditional Copperplate Calligraphy for Beginners

The first steps in learning calligraphy can be daunting.  I’m here to make them easy for you with hands-on instruction in everything you’ll need to know:  

  • choosing the right paper, nib, and ink;

  • preparing your nib for use;

  • loading ink;

  • holding a dip pen (correct hand position is everything!)

  • and most importantly, how to write the actual letters!

This class is structured around learning the basic strokes of the lowercase alphabet - once you master these, you can master anything.  In class I tend to focus on the things that I can't teach online;  I will correct your pen hold, tilt your hand, and show you how to control your ink flow.  

I'll also give you as many calligraphy secrets as I can - how to prepare a nib, how far to dip, how much ink to use, how to get ink out of carpet after that inevitable spill ... the things you can't easily learn online, but that experience (or a good teacher) can make so much easier for you.

Included in the cost of the class is a kit with all the supplies you'll need to continue your practice at home:

  • Dip pen holder

  • Selection of nibs, both modern and vintage

  • Quality walnut ink

  • Smooth practice paper

  • Traditional copperplate exemplars

  • My personal copperplate instruction pages

  • List of resources for supplies and further study

I'll also have a very limited selection of further supplies for sale on the day, such as the hard-to-find Finetec inks and some vintage French and German nibs.

This workshop is suitable for those with no experience as well as those who want to refine their existing skills - all are welcome.

This workshop runs from 10am to 1pm.  Please be on time - we have a lot to cover and we won't be able to run late!


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