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.It is called Copperplate as in the early days the scribe’s writing was transferred by an engraver, using a…

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Starting Calligraphy – Penholders for Copperplate

The choice of penholder for Copperplate style of writing depends upon the nib you are using and whether you are left or right-handed. The majority of calligraphers use a straight nib, for example the Leonardt Principal EF or a Gillott 303 nib.  If you are using a straight nib and are right-handed you want to…

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