Free modern calligraphy online tutorial – for one month only!

Happy November! How are you? If you’re a calligraphy beginner then I have something rather unique I’d like to share with you today – my introduction to modern calligraphy ON FILM! This is the first time I’ve ever shared this calligraphy tutorial for free. It’s usually included in my online calligraphy course where you buy all 6 tutorials for a set price. But for one month only, I’m sharing this first video and worksheets with you FREE!

I filmed a series of 6 modern calligraphy workshops a couple of years ago. This is the first tutorial in the series, and introduces my modern calligraphy set – which now looks SO different to the original (I’ll do a little ‘unbox’ clip on the blog or my Instagram in a few days’ time).

If you’ve been to a calligraphy class with me in person, you’ll recognise the exercises and the advice I give about super thin, hairline strokes… and about not being too gentle with your nib on the downwards strokes.

The worksheets you’ll need to complete this workshop are here –

1. lines & pen pressure
2. loops and smooth pressure strokes

If you’d like to buy my calligraphy starter set you can – and do use the discount code in the video!

Modern calligraphy starter set

To watch a brief introduction to the full course see below.

Making Beautiful Letters – A Modern Calligraphy Workshop Online from Claire Gould on Vimeo.

If you enjoyed the video I would love for you to complete the full series of modern calligraphy workshops online. They cover alphabets and layouts, quotes and practice – and offer suggestions for exciting calligraphy projects in the last video.

Sign up for the full series of modern calligraphy tutorials here.

Essential supplies and kit for modern calligraphy beginners

When I decided to start a calligraphy business one of my reasons was the low setup cost. Writing costs almost nothing – the main investment is your time. But what are the very, very basics you’ll need to try calligraphy?

I wanted to write a short & sweet guide to learning modern calligraphy from scratch. I hope it might help and encourage you to dip your toes in calligraphic waters!

Image: Emma Pilkington Photography

Day 1: your kit

If you were to start calligraphy as a brand new hobby next weekend, this is what you couldn’t do without – your most basic shopping list.

  1. Decent printer / copier paper (at least 100gsm)
  2. A dip pen and nib (straight or oblique penholder and a pointed nib – I recommend the Nikko G)
  3. Ink or paint – basic ‘Calli’ ink, or watercolour / gouache paint

Your total spend for that first day doesn’t need to be much more than the price of your lunch.

Image: Emma Pilkington Photography

Making those first marks on paper is simple – but you absolutely must have the right nib (a pointed one with the right amount of flex for beginners – most ‘G’ nibs are fine) – and a penholder it will fit.

I like Nikko G nibs – they’re reliable, well made and not too sharp, so they’re easy to use.

Speedball oblique or straight penholders – the black plastic ones – are affordable, comfortable to hold and easy to use.

Paper is important. Cheap papers (80 or 90gsm) will cause your ink to ‘bleed’ on the page, which is so frustrating when you’re trying to practise.

Likewise inks can cause bleed issues. I recommend Calli inks because they’re widely available even in high street craft and art shops. They’re OK quality wise, and certainly good enough for practice. Avoid cheap fountain pen inks and Indian inks though – some are very poor quality and will cause bleed on your paper.

If you’re arty and have watercolour paint or gouache lying around at home, these work just as well as ink. Mix to a runny consistency with water and off you go!

Find beginners modern calligraphy tutorials online and enjoy!

Try my online calligraphy workshop for just £30

Buy my book here… An Introduction to Modern Calligraphy

Introductory savings offer extended! Save 25% on my online calligraphy workshop until Sunday

We’ve had such a lovely response to the launch of my new online calligraphy workshop – thank you so very much if you’ve signed up already. I hope you’re enjoying learning modern calligraphy! For anyone who hasn’t signed up to the course yet, I’ve extended the introductory offer until the end of this week. All you have to do is visitMAKING BEAUTIFUL LETTERS – and quote the code WRITE-BEAUTIFUL to save 25% on the advertised price.

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We’re still improving the course, and your feedback is so important to help us add on new features. I’m really keen to include a comprehensive FAQ section with every weekly tutorial so if there’s anything you need to ask, please do! You can message me on Facebook or email hello@calligraphy-for-weddings.com with any questions (and I promise, there’s no such thing as a silly question!)

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Why pay for an online calligraphy course?

I know, I know – there are so many free calligraphy videos online, and some good resources to help you get started. But this online course has everything you need, all in one place.

  • 6 high quality video tutorials
  • Free downloadable practice sheets and alphabets
  • Cheat sheets!
  • Written instructions to accompany each tutorial
  • FAQs with each lesson
  • All created by an experienced calligrapher based on years of teaching modern lettering

All in all, you get over 40 minutes of video tutorials with demos, tips and advice to help you learn. The course will evolve with every participant, so if you enrol and ask a question which will help other students it will be added to our FAQ section too!

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There’s also a special savings offer for students of my online calligraphy course. If you don’t already have a pointed pen & nib set, ink and a brush lettering pen, you can save 10% when you order my modern calligraphy starter kit. This also includes a 36 page full colour book with exercises, advice and beautiful images to inspire your calligraphy journey!

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A brand new, in depth, high quality online calligraphy workshop – 25% introductory saving offer!

We’re very excited here at By Moon & Tide – we’ve launched our very first online calligraphy workshop. We hope you’ll enjoy learning how to make beautiful letters, and to celebrate the launch we’re offering you a 25% introductory saving on the price of the course!
 
 

A top quality online calligraphy workshop

 
It’s taken me many months to put this online calligraphy workshop together, which means you can be confident you’re getting the very best when you sign up for the course. I’ve taught many beginners how to write beautiful modern lettering, and the online workshop includes everything I share with them as well as questions I’m asked by students when I teach.

The six week calligraphy workshop includes…

 
The online calligraphy workshop comprises six video tutorials, each from 5 – 10 minutes long. There are downloadable worksheets for you to print and copy, suggested exercises to help you learn each stroke and letter, and even ideas for practice inbetween tutorials. A new tutorial will be delivered via email every week for 6 weeks!
 
We begin with the very basics: where to find the best supplies (you’ll need a pen, nib and ink to begin) and how to make those first strokes of calligraphy on the page. By the third week you’ll be writing a full alphabet with the help of downloadable worksheets and cheat sheets. By the end of the course you’ll have tried your hand at some inspirational quotes (with my help and advice for creative layouts), brush pen lettering and more.

Here’s a little taster…

SAVE 25% off the purchase price – early bird introductory offer!

 
SAVE 25% when you sign up for the online calligraphy workshop today! Join the course here – MAKING BEAUTIFUL LETTERS – and quote the code WRITE-BEAUTIFUL to save 25% on the advertised price.
 
You’ll receive your first video tutorial, downloadable worksheets and instructions straight away. The remainder of the course will arrive in your email inbox over the next 6 weeks!
 
 
Don’t forget to quote WRITE-BEAUTIFUL to save 25% today!
 
(The introductory price offer is available for one week only – so hurry if you’d like to claim yours!)