Calligraphy, Copperplate, Craft blog, Handmade, Uncategorized, Writing

I’ve had another Calligraphy Breakthrough!


So I sat down at my craft desk again today and after making a few Christmas cards (of course 😂) I decided to practice my calligraphy.

I recently bought a Speedball Calligraphy pen, mainly for the different types of nibs to be honest 😁.

Included in the pack was a sheet of instructions and included on this sheet was a Copperplate script guide.

Speedball Calligraphy pen instruction sheet
Copperplate script in the middle of this sheet

Copperplate script is my favourite calligraphy so far, I love how it flows and how professional it looks.

If you have read any of my previous calligraphy posts you may remember that I struggle with certain capital letters: M, N, I, J & sometimes Z.

So today I thought I’d try using the sheet for guidance.

I wrote out a couple of full alphabets to get my muscle memory into the swing of things

A lightbulb moment – Practice with names

And then I had a Calligraphy lightbulb moment; Practice capitals by writing out names  💡

And so I did just that. I started with men’s names and worked my way through the alphabet

Alphabet practice with men’s names

Thank you google for “what are men’s names beginning with Q, U, Y & Z” 😂

Then onto ladies names

Alphabet practice with ladies names

Thank you again google for “ladies names beginning with Q, U, X & Z”

I’m really pleased with how this practice went. I feel like I have made some real progress.

I really do recommend writing out names to practice with. Maybe film titles, songs you love or places you’ve been. As long as you cover each letter of the alphabet.

For today’s practice I used my Brause no. 361 nib in my straight pen holder. The red ink is calligraphy ink by Daler-Rowney.  The paper is A5 ClaireFontaine  dotted sketch paper, 90gr.

Disclaimer- I have used these products as I have bought them for my own use, I have no links to the brands mentioned.

Today’s calligraphy practice

What text do you use to practice with?

I’d love to hear if you have any hints or tips.

Thank you for reading and Happy Crafting!

5 thoughts on “I’ve had another Calligraphy Breakthrough!”

    1. Thank you for the lovely feedback and taking the time to read my post. I go in waves too, where I tend to do lots of card making, then painting, then back to calligraphy 😁


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