Italics Calligraphy Masterclass
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Italics Calligraphy Masterclass

Handwrite italics letters in a traditional style using a Parallel Pen
4.3 (67 ratings)
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Created by Mary-Jane Roussel
Last updated 9/2019
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 9 articles
  • 31 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Write beautiful letters in ITALICS.
  • Hand-write a certificate of achievement and a Thank You note.
  • Find yourself a parallel pen (ou equivalent) & some good quality paper to run through your printer for the handouts.
  • Oh! and a dose of perseverance is useful, too! No previous experience in CALLIGRAPHY is necessary.
  • You don't need to be particularly artistically inclined ... you just need a desire to learn!

This is a course for beginner-intermediate calligraphers. No previous experience is required to take it, nor does it require any special artistic talent. What you DO need is the desire to learn and to practise! 

We will be using parallel pens for our calligraphy, not dip pens. You will need at least one parallel pen (I recommend the 3.8 mm nib). You'll need to be able to print the practise sheets (PDF's) on good quality white printer paper. 

There are a ton of exercises for you to do that will help you improve your calligraphy, as well as two projects (a thank you card and a certificate). 

Who this course is for:
  • Young or old, right-handed or left-handed, artistically gifted or not - anyone can learn traditional ITALICS CALLIGRAPHY!
Course content
Expand all 43 lectures 01:43:02
+ Introduction
5 lectures 12:23

Welcome! Let's get started on this wonderful calligraphic journey ...
At the same time, it's a big of a voyage into the past, as the italic script (or chancery cursive) was developed during the Renaissance in Italy.

Preview 05:34

Here is a list of the supplies you'll need in this course. One of the best things about calligraphy is that you don't need to spend an arm and a leg in tools and materials. And with on-line shopping at our disposition, you'll be able to find everything in a matter of "clicks"!

Preview 01:32

A "visual glossary" is proposed (and downloadable) to become familiar with terms used in calligraphy.

Glossary: Calligraphy jargon that you'll need to get familiar with

Guidelines are necessary when learning to draw your letters in calligraphy. This video shows you why we need them and how to use them. All the guidelines (in PDF) are available for downloading both throughout the course and in the Ressources section at the end of this course.

Guidelines: keeping to the straight and narrow!

This PDF talks about paper positioning, which is sometimes a problem for our left-handed friends.

Paper position & a word to my left-handed friends
+ Pencil Practice: Getting a feel for the strokes, shapes and letters
9 lectures 15:16

Get familiar with the downstroke letters (i, l, j, t, f) using a pencil.

Preview 01:37

Use a pencil to practise the upper arch letters: r, n, m, h, b, k, p.

Pencil practice: high arch letters

Learn the lower arch letters (u, y, a, g, q, d), using your pencil.

Pencil practice: low arch letters

Try drawing the oval letters (o, c, e) with a pencil.

Pencil practice: oval or elliptical letters

Certain letters (x, z, s) use diagonal strokes. Learn about them in this module.

Pencil practice: letters with diagonal strokes

The v and w are called 'valley letters'. We also include a variation of the y in this group. Practise them with your pencil.

Pencil practice: valley letters

Do you know what a pangram is? This module will tell you! The exercise included will increase your awareness of inter-letter spacing (kerning) and inter-word spacing. 

Pencil practice: words and sentences

Proper spacing is essentiel to the aesthetic aspect of calligraphy. Learn more in this module.

A word about spacing

This is the last lesson using a pencil, but it's important in that it reinforces your knowledge of the formation of each letter.

Practising your abc's
+ Parallel pen: getting familiar
4 lectures 11:42

Learn how to put the ink cartridge in your pen & how to get the ink flowing before beginning your calligraphy.

Parallel pen: getting to know the writing instrument

Gain confidence in using your parallel pen by doing these exercises. They will be immensely helpful when you start to learn the letters, in later modules.

Parallel pen: some exercises

This is a continuation of the previous module: exercises to help with the formation of our italic letters.

Parallel pen: some more exercises
Parallel pen: don't go any further until your pen angle is perfect
+ Lowercase letters
7 lectures 22:29
Lowercase letters: downstroke letters
Lowercase letters: high arch letters
Lowercase letters: low arch letters
Lowercase letters: letters with a diagonal stroke
Lowercase letters: valley letters
Lowercase letters: the ABC's
+ Uppercase letters
2 lectures 05:53
Uppercase letters: from A to Z
Uppercase letters: practise writing proper names
+ Numbers and ponctuation
1 lecture 05:57

Learn to write arabic numbers (as opposed to roman numerals, which were used in the middle ages). This module also introduces punctuation.

Numbers and punctuation
+ Things to watch out for
1 lecture 05:48

The goal of this module is to help you to avoid calligraphic pitfalls!

Things to watch out for: some common mistakes
+ Pangrams
3 lectures 04:45

Do you remember what a pangram is? This module will remind you.

Pangrams: a definition

Go beyond "the quick brown fox" in writing pangrams. 

Pangrams: Sixty zippers ... and more!

The best way to learn in calligraphy is to practise. Here's yet another writing exercise that will help you gain confidence and fluidity in your italic script.

Pangram: pack my red bag ...
+ Flourishes
1 lecture 03:09

A swirl here, a flourish there. Embellish your calligraphy ... this module will help you learn how.

Flourishes: the basics
+ Project I: a thank you note
1 lecture 02:56

Our first project is a simple Thank You card. Learn the process from a to z.

Project I: a thank you note from beginning to end