16 June 2018: Traditional Copperplate Calligraphy for Beginners


16 June 2018: Traditional Copperplate Calligraphy for Beginners


Saturday, 16 June 2018
10am to 1pm

at SITEWORKS, 33 Saxon Street, Brunswick VIC 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.  You can spend hours watching videos in your own time;  what I'm here for is to make sure your hand, ink, and paper handling are setting you on the right path.

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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Bookings are final - I can't offer refunds  - but if you can't come, you are welcome to transfer your booking to a friend.  Organise it with them and let me know - I will need to change the names.  (And if you can't, you are also welcome to pick up your kit and supplies, and we will see if anything else can be worked out.)