Learning and sharing.

If you are in England or the USA, there may be a local calligraphy guild in your area. If not, there are now quite a lot of online resources where you can find help and information about (pointed pen) calligraphy – also a growing online community of people who love calligraphy. Here are some links:

:: Traditional American (pointed pen) calligraphy :: IAMPETH
:: Traditional and Modern calligraphy :: The Flourish Forum
:: Mainly traditional calligraphy and pemanship :: The Fountain Pen Network
:: Gorgeous calligraphy with many, many practical hints :: Schin Loongs Blog
:: For lefties :: Tips for Lefties

Reading, study and practice.

There are so many wonderful books that invite for study or inspiration – here is but a small selection:

Calligraphy, general overview and traditional hands
Kalligrafie. Erste Hilfe und Schrift-Training mit Muster-Alphabeten by Gottfried Pott
The Art of Calligraphy by David Harris

Pointed pen calligraphy from pencil to brush
Corso di calligrafia. Dalla matita al pennello. Un viaggio in punta sottile. by Barbara Calzolari and Alessandro Salice

Copperplate / Anglaise / English Roundhand
The Universal Penman by George Bickham
Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy by Eleanor Winters

Spencerian (American Penmanship)
Spencerian Theory and Copy Book Set by P. R. Spencer
Learning to Write Spencerian Script by Michael Sull & Debra Sull

Calligraphic Flourishing: A New Approach to Ancient Art by Bill Hildebrandt
Ornate Pictorial Calligraphy by E. A. Lupfer

Lettering and Calligraphy
Hand to Type: Scripts, Hand-Lettering and Calligraphy by Jan Middendorp
Little Book of Lettering by Emily Gregory

Handwriting and Modern Calligraphy
Tintentanz by Hans-Jürgen Willun and Pauline Altmann
Modern Calligraphy: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started in Script Calligraphy by Molly Suber Thorpe

Illumination, Gilding and Miniature
Illumination – Gold and Colour by Patricia Lovett

Tools of the Trade.

People often ask me for the best nibs, inks and papers … my usual answer is, it depends! I listed some tools and sources adjoining here, which might be helpful if you want to learn pointed pen calligraphy yourself. I must point out that these inks, papers etc. are just my personal favourites – you might get along better with other products!

In my blog I also write from time to time about tools and technical hints and tricks.

Sources :: In the USA pointed pen calligraphy has been preserved (and refined!) as a cultural technique much more than in Europe (which has a variety of historical reasons). So a lot of suppliers for calligraphic tools and materials can be found there! Still, also in Europe and in Asia there are many, many possibilities to buy quality supplies – here some of my favourites in Europe:

Scriptorium am Rheinsprung

Oblique pen holders :: of good quality can be found (as far as I know) mainly in the USA, for example from the following stores:

John Neal Bookseller
Paper & Ink Arts

On popular request, I've added here some of my grid sheets for download – have fun with them! They are not meant to be printed directly on your writing paper – the lines a re too thick and too dark for that. I use them by printing them on thicker paper and fix my writing sheet with a bit of Washi tape on it. Usual 80 to 100 g paper is transparent enough to see the grid through even without a light table.

Copperplate Script Guidelines Horizontal PDF

Copperplate Script Guidelines Vertical PDF

Madarasz Script Guidelines Horizontal PDF

Copperplate after Valliciergo Guidelines Horizontal PDF