So as I mentioned on here before – I decided to take a calligraphy class earlier this year. Even though I love hand lettering, and I’m pretty into trying to teach myself new skills before taking a class on them (I need to know if I’m interested before I start dropping money on something) I felt like my calligraphy practice had reached a standstill. I didn’t feel super confident in my skills, and I was hoping to find a class that would show me some techniques I hadn’t learned before – and give me a solid overview in basic calligraphy.
I decided on I Still Love Calligraphy, and I think there’s a reason this class is so popular in the design world right now. Melissa’s lessons are detailed, yet concise enough that I didn’t feel overloaded, and she not only gives a solid overview on the basics, she also gives a great overview on supplies – what kind of nibs, what kind of ink, what kind of paper. That information is hard to find outside of books, which are often out of date and not super helpful in where to buy these supplies. Using the nibs and ink and paper she recommended was such a step up from what I had been struggling with that it was almost worth the cost of the class alone.
Beyond the lessons and videos however, the real star of the show was the gallery feature. You can upload your work to an online gallery, and Melissa will comment on it, giving you support, answering your questions, and critiquing your work. She would respond promptly, and her comments were incredibly helpful. She is great at picking out what you still need to work on, giving you tips on how to fix problems you didn’t even know you have, and she’s also really nice and encouraging while she’s doing it – so I would feel like a calligraphy rock star.
If you’re interested in learning calligraphy, I would highly recommend this class. My advice would be to complete the actual coursework over the space of a week or so – and then practice, practice, practice, uploading your best stuff to the gallery for Melissa’s critiques. I feel like I’m on the right track to ‘mastering’ calligraphy, and I’ve learned how fun it is to practice with actual direction, not just getting frustrated because I can’t figure things out and it consistently looks bad.
You can see the website for I Still Love Calligraphy here, and visit Melissa’s website here. She’s super cool – I would love to take one of her in person workshops if I’m ever in the same location as her!