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  • Copperplate Alphabet - Scribblers Calligraphy
    March 26, 2022

    What is Copperplate Writing?

    For many years the hand which we know today as ‘Copperplate’ was called ‘Roundhand’. Unfortunately that name is now sometimes used by calligraphers as an alternative for the ‘Foundational Hand’ first developed and popularised by Edward Johnston. The style is...

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  • How to Rule-Up
    February 6, 2022

    How to Rule-Up

    Does anybody like ruling-up? Not many people do, but these tips will help make light work of this important activity. Accuracy is most important Time taken to accurately rule up will save a great deal of frustration later on. Ruling...

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  • How to prepare nibs
    February 2, 2022

    How to Prepare Nibs

    We are frequently asked why a new nib does not work well or why the ink does not flow very well. The most common reason is the new nib has not been prepared before using it.  New nibs are usually...

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  • Tips for Practising a New Style
    February 1, 2022

    Tips for Practising a New Style

    It is best to practice frequently and in a constructive and methodical way. By setting yourself a target for the practice session you will be more focused and achieve better results. Practising a new style (Italic Minuscules) Here is an...

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  • Numbers
    January 25, 2022


    Numbers follow the characteristics of the main script. So, they should be sloped and based on an oval shape when written with Italics and round in shape and upright when written with Roman Capitals. Numbers can be either ranged or non-ranged. Ranged numbers...

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  • Introduction to Brush Pen Lettering
    February 11, 2020

    Introduction to Brush Pen Lettering

    Introduction Nowadays, most calligraphy is produced using metal nibs.  Some steel nibs have a pointed tip, whilst others have a straight-edge shape. Both types of nibs can produce a thick line. Using a pointed nib, the artist applies pressure to...

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  • Learn Brush Pen Lettering
    February 10, 2020

    Learn Brush Pen Lettering

    With some practice, you can soon learn Brush Pen Lettering. As with many other calligraphy styles, letters are built up from combining a few basic brush strokes. Brush Strokes Master these five basic strokes and you’ll soon be writing with...

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  • Brush Pen Lettering Tutorials
    February 9, 2020

    Brush Pen Lettering Tutorials

    In previous Brush Pen Lettering posts, we explained how to write with a Brush Pen. By mastering the five basic brush strokes you are able to learn how to write with a Brush Pen much quicker.  To help you, Lindsey Bugbee from TPK kindly...

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  • The Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society (CLAS)
    September 21, 2019

    The Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society (CLAS)

    The Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society (CLAS) is one of the largest western lettering society in the world. It is based in the United Kingdom and has an extensive membership in Europe as well as many other countries. The Society...

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