How did I first learn calligraphy?
First, I took classes. Then, I connected with the online calligraphy community. And now, I continue to soak in every bit of calligraphy, lettering, or other related-artistic tidbit I can get my hands on…
My 1st calligraphy class
In September 2014, I took a local formal brush calligraphy class with Phawnda Moore.
In this class, I was introduced to the infamous Tombow dual brush pen! (You may have noticed, or will soon notice, that I write with this pen VERY often. I love it.)
It was wonderful learning from a calligrapher in-person and the opportunity to get immediate feedback. I highly recommend searching your city or neighboring cities for local classes on modern calligraphy.
My 2nd calligraphy class
This is when I was officially hooked.
Let me tell you know, I cannot recommend this class enough. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I tell almost everyone who asks that this is the class to take!
I was extremely glad to have taken the brush calligraphy class prior to pointed pen, because I already had the basic understanding of how calligraphy letters should look. There is an iconic thick and thin variation in the strokes of each letter, a precise art that is only all the more challenging to conquer with the addition of a new tool: the pointed pen.
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I’ll get more into the details of each course in separate posts. For now, that is really how I learned calligraphy. First through a brush lettering course, then through a pointed pen class.
Since those classes, I’ve found these online resources to be extremely helpful:
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It’s your turn!
Are you interested in learning calligraphy?
Have you taken a calligraphy class before? What was it like?
Any alumni out there from Melissa’s class?
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