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  • Calligraphy at Christmas
    November 14, 2015

    Calligraphy at Christmas

    As Christmas approaches, all sorts of opportunities arise for making use of your calligraphy skills. It’s great to enjoy the freedom of creating things that perhaps only have a short life: table names, menus, envelopes for cards, gift tags. They...

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  • The Finishing Touches
    October 24, 2015

    The Finishing Touches

    So you’ve finished a piece of work, and you’re pleased (or at least not displeased – we’re rather good at the self criticism, us calligraphers!) Getting the finishing touches right can elevate a piece of work into something special, so...

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  • Wise Words for Calligraphers
    September 19, 2015

    Wise Words for Calligraphers

    Sometimes it’s good to reflect on the wisdom we’ve built up over the years, and if that can be shared with others to their advantage, that’s great. Although these are from a calligrapher’s experience, they probably apply in any creative...

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  • Qualities of Paper
    July 25, 2015

    Qualities of Paper

    Almost all our calligraphy is done on paper, so it’s a material we really care about.This article offers advice, but in the end it’s down to you because even the “best” papers don’t suit everyone. The best tip is to...

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  • Getting to Know Paper
    July 25, 2015

    Getting to Know Paper

    It’s likely that as a calligrapher you have an interest in (or even an obsession about!) paper. In the article of the qualities of paper it was suggested that you should be observant and critical, and learn which papers work...

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  • Creative block : I don’t know what to write!
    May 17, 2015

    Creative block : I don’t know what to write!

    Calligraphy is likely to be better if we’re writing words that matter to us.  The fact that the words are meaningful to us somehow translates into better rhythm as we create the piece on the page. While alphabet sentences have...

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  • Are you sitting comfortably?
    March 29, 2014

    Are you sitting comfortably?

    Professional calligrapher Janet Smith shares some of her favourite tips from sitting comfortably to having a break from your calligraphy! If you’re of a certain age, you may recognise that phrase, from the start of Listen With Mother, a 15 minute radio show...

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  • Copperplate Minuscule Letters (part 3)
    June 29, 2013

    Copperplate Minuscule Letters (part 3)

    So far, all the Copperplate minuscules we have studied were based on a combination of the 8 basic strokes although in most cases these strokes had to be modified. There are only seven letters left to study, but these are...

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