2016 Update

Hello Dancing Pen Community,

I wanted to send out a quick update. I recently had to change my WordPress Theme here on Dancing Pen Calligraphy due to some hosting issues with the other theme. I think all the previous files are there, but for the time being the design of the website is looking rather plain.

With the changes in my husband’s and my life this past year, I probably won’t be working much on this website for awhile yet. Not what I had planned, but that’s how life sometimes goes.

So the other update is that I had wanted to start a Membership program here. But since I won’t have time to work on that either, I’ve decided to go ahead and make available to all of you the membership pages that I had already created. Just click on the Membership link in the Menu at the top of the page to access that. Enjoy!




Wishing You a Happy New Year!

Hello Dancing Pen Community,

First of all, my apologies for not being online for the better part of the year. This turned out to be a far different year than I had planned or hoped for.

I’m hoping to get back at this site in the next several months, but I did want to take the time to thank all of you for being part of this community, and to wish you …

A Happy and Creative New Year!


Wishing you all the best,


February Updates

Hi everybody,

Sorry I missed the past two weeks – some unexpected things came up, including that I got laid off from my job because of changes going on. That has certainly added some complications to my life which I wasn’t planning on, but it now means that I will have more time to do things with DPC – and I’m happy for that.

Just a reminder though that I will still have to move sometime in the next six weeks, and I still have lots of packing to do, so things may be rather hit and miss with the blogposts and e-mails over the next two months or so.

I wanted to start including some other posts as I had time and as I found things that I thought would be interesting or inspiring for you. These are posts that will be found on the DPC blog, but they will not be sent out as e-mails. So I will include links for them in the e-mail post. Here’s some for this week:

Book – The Art of Calligraphy
Video – The Making of Manuscripts


Welcome to the New Dancing Pen Calligraphy

Dear Dancing Pen Calligraphy Community,

Five years ago with high hopes I started a website called Dancing Pen Calligraphy. And then – as they say – life happened. And the website got put on hold. I certainly did not expect it to be this long till I got back at it – and some of you have probably forgotten all about signing up here.


Well – I’m back and excited about being able to welcome you to the NEW Dancing Pen Calligraphy!

There are new things in the works:
New website
New products –instruction via a membership site – in progress
New information – coming by e-mail

One of the first things on my new to-do list was to set up a new website with a blog – you can check it out here – Dancing Pen Calligraphy. The home page is the blog – and the blog posts (starting soon) will come to you as e-mails. I’ve moved over pretty much everything I want to from the old site – and I’ve started adding new information – so we are ready to go!

This new site will make it easier for you to search for information. It will also make it easier for me to add information to the site and to get that out to you. It will help DPC to become a community where we can share with and learn from each other.

One of the things I was planning to offer and that you have requested is instruction. So new products are coming soon – A Calligraphy Basics course (almost done), followed by a Basic Italic course (in progress). I’ve decided to do this as online courses which will be available through a membership program. The reason I did that is because I wanted a way to continue to grow the programs as we go along. This way I can add to the programs – and once you’ve paid for a course – it’s available to you online anytime and whatever I had to the course later you get for free.

My goal over the next while is to get new information to you on a weekly basis. This will come as e-mails – like this one – at least once a week.

One of the e-mails I want to send you soon is a survey or questionnaire. There is so much I could share with you – but what I really want to know is – what do you want when it comes to calligraphy? So start thinking about that this week – maybe even make a list of what you want – so that when you get the survey, you’ll have some great ideas to help me decide where to go from here.

I have to admit I sometimes wondered if I would ever make it back. But I never completely gave up hope. While there are no guarantees about what the future holds, I have decided to come back and get things going again. There will likely be bumps in the road – I have a husband with health issues – and sometimes that will have to take priority. So I’ll do the best I can.

Thank you to all of you who subscribed and stuck around. I’m hoping you’ll be glad you did! Thank you to those who sent ASK! requests, to those who sent notices about faulty links, and so on. Thank you also to those who sent words of encouragement along the way – it’s because of you that I didn’t give up. It meant a lot to me.

I’m looking forward to getting to know you and to this new journey together.

To dancing pens and joyful creativity,
Evelyn Grace Marinoski

PS. Here’s some of the new stuff I’ve added recently:
Where do DPC subscribers come from? (88 countries so far!) Is your country included?
• Need a dose of inspiration? Check out DPC on Pinterest

Calligraphy Alphabets List

Following is a list of different alphabet styles or hands. These are some of the more commonly known hands or styles, but there are countless variations of these as well. Samples of these alphabets will be added at some point.

• Arabic
• Architectural
• Artificial Uncial
• Baroque
• Bastard Secretary
• Batarde
• Blackletter
• Bone
• Bookhand
• Brush
• Cadels
• Carolingian
• Celtic
• Celtic Roman
• Chinese
• Copperplate
• Cursive
• Decorated
• Early Gothic
• Flourished
• Foundational
• Fraktur
• Gothic
• Gothic Italic
• Graffiti
• Half Uncial
• Humanist Bookhand
• Illuminated<
• Imperial Capitals
• Italic
• Italic Swash Capitals
• Japanese
• Legend
• Littera antiqua
• Lombardic
• Modern
• Monoline
• Neuland
• Old English
• Renaissance
• Roman
• Roman Rustic
• Rotunda
• Roundhand
• Running Brush Script
• Rustic
• Sanserif
• Saxon
• Slab-serif
• Schwabacher
• Spencerian
• Square Capitals
• Textura Prescisus
• Textura Quadrata<
• Trajan Capitals
• Uncial
• Versals