Copperplate Equipment and Materials

Specialised equipment is required for Copperplate writing. Nibs You need to use a pointed nib for Copperplate, which does not have a reservoir. The most commonly used nibs in the UK are probably the Leonardt Principal EF, Gillott 170, 303 and 404.Others in fairly common use are the Hunt 101 and the Brause 66EF. The…

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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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Calligraphy Courses Feedback

The following are some comments I have recently received on the calligraphy correspondence courses from participants….’I recommend anyone with an interest in calligraphy to try your courses which are interesting, enjoyable and inspiring – great value both for beginners and improvers’.Dorothy B, Blackpool, UK ‘Thanks to Scribblers’ correspondence calligraphy courses with Gaynor Goffe I have…

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