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  • Creative block - what should I 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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  • When copying out some words, have them so that you just need to glance above to see them.
    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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  • Studying Copperplate Minuscule Letters
    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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  • Learning Copperplate Minuscules
    June 23, 2013

    Copperplate Minuscule Letters (part 2)

    Before continuing with the Copperplate Minuscules you need to know how to produce a filled-in dot.  This filled-in dot or loop shape appears in several letters.  The nib is moved in an anti-clockwise direction.  As it approaches the top and...

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  • Copperplate Minuscule Letters (part 1)
    June 22, 2013

    Copperplate Minuscule Letters (part 1)

    The majority of Copperplate minuscules are constructed from a combination of one or more basic strokes. After studying and practising the eight basic strokes, we are ready to start learning the letters. Many of the letters require the basic strokes...

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  • Copperplate Minuscules – The Basic Strokes
    June 14, 2013

    Copperplate Minuscules – The Basic Strokes

    Letter ProportionThe proportions of the minuscule letters and the angle of slope are the two essential visual components of Copperplate minuscule. Copperplate has a standard relationship between the ascender, x-height and descender parts of the minuscule letters.  In general the...

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  • Creating a Copperplate Facebook cover image
    June 1, 2013

    Copperplate Facebook Cover Photo

    A Copperplate Facebook cover photo was designed for us by Rachel Yallop. This time ‘Scribblers Calligraphy’ has been written in a wonderfully flourished Copperplate style. Here, Rachel describes how she developed her ideas and fine-tuned the design to produce a very...

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  • Creating a Facebook Cover Photo
    October 17, 2012

    Creating a Facebook Cover Photo

    Whilst designing a Facebook cover photo, Rachel Yallop. kindly agreed to make notes, to give us a better understanding of how a professional lettering artist approaches and creates such a lively and eye-catching piece of work. I’ve recently rediscovered the Zig...

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