Learning Modern Calligraphy

Have you ever thought about giving modern calligraphy a go? Well if so, you may be wondering just where to start.

How to learn modern calligraphy with Lamplighter London courses and nib and ink book

I recommend you start by going on a one day course. This means you don't have to commit to purchasing any equipment and most of the time you get to keep a nib, pen and practice papers once you've finished. When I started out, I booked onto a course through Quill London and it was taught by the very talented Chiara from Lamplighter London. I came away with sheets of practice papers, a pen, nib and a little jar of ink too!

Doing a course allows you to be shown a range of techniques needed to practice calligraphy such as the way you sit when writing, the way you hold your pen and also the different strokes you can create with different types of nibs. Some of these things aren't always easy when trying to teach yourself calligraphy.

If you're unable to get to a course then one of the next best things would be buying a book such as Lamplighter London's Nib and Ink or Molly Thirpe Suber's Modern Calligraphy. Both these books support you with techniques, kit information and practice sheets. My favourite part of owning books like these is being able to flick through and try out the different calligraphy alphabets they contain.

When I first started learning calligraphy I tried to practice at least twice a week but as time has gone by I find I'm not so much 'practicing' anymore I'm just incorporating calligraphy as part of my every day projects. I've been doing modern calligraphy for over a year and a half now. I think I've mentioned the below quote in a previous post before but I always remember thinking about this just before I went to my calligraphy course.

"A year from now you may have wished you started today"

I'm so thankful I started this hobby of modern calligraphy all that time ago and I look forward to seeing how my style has changed in the next year and a half!

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