Inspiration From Master Calligraphers

I suspect this week most of you will be up to your eyeballs in Christmas preparations, so I thought I would just give you some inspiration by way of a video.

This video is on YouTube and features Julian Waters and his mother Sheila Waters – both amazing calligraphers!

I was immensely fortunate to be able to take a class with Sheila several years ago and what a marvelous experience that was. So for this week, watch and enjoy.

For those of you getting this by e-mail, here’s the post and video.

I’ve been working on a number of projects for the new year. One is a survey that I will send out to you to help me better understand what it is you would like from this website.

I’ve been working on a course I call Calligraphy Basics. It’s not a particular alphabet, instead, it’s a whole series of bits of information that apply to pretty much any calligraphy hand or style. I consider this a foundation course as it is one you will be able to come back to for review any time you need it. It is also one that I will be referring to time and time again in the courses I’m working on. So watch for details on that coming up.

Project – Dental Stick Pen

Sometimes it’s fun to create some of your own writing instruments. In this case – a dental stick pen!

A what? Yes – a pen made from dental sticks! Here’s a sample of what dental pen writing looks like:


Here’s the video describing how to make the pen and how to write with it:

For those getting this by e-mail, here’s the link to the post and the video.

I got my dental sticks at a local pharmacy, but if you can’t find them there, you can check for them online here and apparently you can order them online here.




Thanks to Guillermo who sent a link to a facebook page showing a photo of the same idea using regular toothpicks glued to a flat wood stick. Nice letter too! Check it out here.



Project – 2Pen 3D Letters

3D letters can add an interesting touch to a project. So today I want to show you a simple way to create 3D letters using two pens.


Here’s the video instructions:

For those getting this by e-mail, here’s the link to the post and video.

As always, please feel free to send me your samples of this project.

By the way, thanks to all of you who have commented or e-mailed about previous posts. I appreciate that and I enjoy hearing from you and learning from you. Suggestions are welcome as well – such as the one I got this past week asking what pens I was using. I will try to remember to include that kind of information from here on.