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.

28 thoughts on “Inspiration From Master Calligraphers”

  1. Loved this presentation, some amazing work. Especially the 80 pp manuscript! Makes me wonder how OLD this is though- is that a 1983 Apple??

  2. Loved this presentation, some amazing work. Especially the 80 pp manuscript! Makes me wonder how OLD this is though- is that a 1983 Apple??

  3. Since I subscribed to DancingPen Calligraphy Newsletter, I have enjoyed each one you’ve sent, learned from each one and your videos. Today this one is very interesting,too. It us quite inspiring (as yours are) to keep practicing and what great examples you and these Master Calligraphers are!

  4. Since I subscribed to DancingPen Calligraphy Newsletter, I have enjoyed each one you’ve sent, learned from each one and your videos. Today this one is very interesting,too. It us quite inspiring (as yours are) to keep practicing and what great examples you and these Master Calligraphers are!

  5. Hello I thank you for your resources. I learned calligraphy in 8th grade, I’m now a mother of 5 and just taught my first Italic Calligraphy class. Your website was so inspiring. The children loved learning calligraphy! They attended everyday! I would like to see easy art projects for children using calligraphy.

    Thanks,

    Marisol

    Marisol

    1. Thank you for sharing this skill with children. What a great time to get them inspired.
      Thanks too for the request – I’ll keep that in mind when I am considering projects to share – to find some that are easy enough for children to do too.

  6. Hello I thank you for your resources. I learned calligraphy in 8th grade, I’m now a mother of 5 and just taught my first Italic Calligraphy class. Your website was so inspiring. The children loved learning calligraphy! They attended everyday! I would like to see easy art projects for children using calligraphy.

    Thanks,

    Marisol

    Marisol

    1. Thank you for sharing this skill with children. What a great time to get them inspired.
      Thanks too for the request – I’ll keep that in mind when I am considering projects to share – to find some that are easy enough for children to do too.

  7. Thanks so much for the link! This is my first comment and I really appreciate that there is an actual calligraphy blogger out there and I say keep up the good work!

    What’s funny is that I used to live pretty close to where Julian lived in MD and would have never guessed there was a great calligrapher right there. It’s really inspiring to see the master’s in their process and doing their work. It has definitely made me put up my pens and just start doodling like him.

    Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    Aaron

    1. Thanks Aaron! Wow, wouldn’t it have been neat to know that back then and maybe see them at work for real. I’m glad though that this video has inspired you to get out the pens and start playing again.

  8. Thanks so much for the link! This is my first comment and I really appreciate that there is an actual calligraphy blogger out there and I say keep up the good work!

    What’s funny is that I used to live pretty close to where Julian lived in MD and would have never guessed there was a great calligrapher right there. It’s really inspiring to see the master’s in their process and doing their work. It has definitely made me put up my pens and just start doodling like him.

    Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    Aaron

    1. Thanks Aaron! Wow, wouldn’t it have been neat to know that back then and maybe see them at work for real. I’m glad though that this video has inspired you to get out the pens and start playing again.

  9. Watched the video in Sydney, Australia. Loved seeing a Master at work.
    I really enjoy your newsletters to inspire me. Thank you.

  10. Watched the video in Sydney, Australia. Loved seeing a Master at work.
    I really enjoy your newsletters to inspire me. Thank you.

  11. This is my first day looking around, and I like this video. I’ve never taken a class in calligraphy, but I realize I’ve always played with letters. That 80 page script would be daunting for me to try right now. I wonder if she thought of it as daunting or if it didn’t bother her. Your website has a lot to look at and a lot to offer and I appreciate that. Thank you.

    Bonnie

    1. Yes, I admire people like Sheila too who are willing to take on projects like that.
      I’m glad you’re enjoying what the website has to offer. Please feel free to ask if there is something you want to know about that isn’t there, yet!

  12. This is my first day looking around, and I like this video. I’ve never taken a class in calligraphy, but I realize I’ve always played with letters. That 80 page script would be daunting for me to try right now. I wonder if she thought of it as daunting or if it didn’t bother her. Your website has a lot to look at and a lot to offer and I appreciate that. Thank you.

    Bonnie

    1. Yes, I admire people like Sheila too who are willing to take on projects like that.
      I’m glad you’re enjoying what the website has to offer. Please feel free to ask if there is something you want to know about that isn’t there, yet!

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