Project – See-Through Letters


Well, I’m almost there, but not quite, when it comes to having the first of the products and membership levels online. I’ve been putting my poor old brain through quite the workout trying to get the new systems all figured out. But – I am almost there. So watch for good stuff coming next week!

For today – here’s a project I thought you might enjoy. Check out the video instructions here:

As always, for those seeing this by e-mail, head on over here for the post and video.

As a heads-up, I was able to complete a e-book version of my personal calligraphy journal that will be available next week, if all goes well.

I have the Intro Membership ready to go too, as well as the Calligraphy Basics Membership. I’ll also have some news about the Basic Italic course coming up, so stay tuned for next week!

Project – 1-4 Book Template

Last week I showed you how to create a 4-page booklet folded from a single sheet of paper.

A friend asked if I had a template for the page order, and so I put one together for her. Then I decided I might as well share it with all of you as well.


So here’s the template. You can download a .docx file here, or if you have an older computer, a .doc file here.

Here’s the video with some instructions for how to use this particular template.

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

Products coming soon…

I’ve completed the Intro Membership and the Calligraphy Basics course.

The Intro Membership is the Free membership everyone gets for signing up. Since all of you have already signed up, you will be getting this one for Free.

The Calligraphy Basics course is the foundation course with the kind of information that applies to pretty much any calligraphy alphabet you want to learn. More about that next week.

All I have left to do there is the behind-the-scenes systems that will get the memberships set up and accessible for you. I’m hoping to have that done in the next week or so. I’m excited about being able to offer these to you, because if you are interested in learning about calligraphy and how to do it well, this is a good place to start.

I’m also almost done my EGM Calligraphy Journal and hope to have it available by next week. This e-book has over 700 letters, quotes, designs, drawings and more, so if you’re looking for some calligraphy inspiration you’ll find lots here. My hope is that it will also inspire you to start your own calligraphy journal.

Watch for details next week!


Happy New Year!

Here’s to a Creative and Happy New Year to my Dancing Pen Community!

I realized late Tuesday night when I usually post and schedule my blogpost for the week that I had forgotten to get that done in all the rush of the year end and all the DPC projects I’ve been working on. Sorry about that.

Not that I wasn’t hard at work on things for you – I’ve been very busy on a number of projects that you will be seeing early in the new year! I’m excited to finally be getting these on the way – more about that soon!


I thought I would share a simple book/card project with you today. This is a four-page booklet folded from a single sheet of paper. You can use this idea with any size sheet of paper – the folds and slit will be the same. For this project I am using a sheet I created to make a Workshop Welcome booklet for my calligraphy classes. I still like the ideas in the booklet and thought they would be appropriate as we look at getting into courses and lots of learning this year. If you want to use this sheet as well, here’s the download link for the DPC Welcome Booklet.

Here’s the video instructions for you:

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

Happy New Year!


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 – Feathered Borders

I thought this week I would share a project with you. It’s quite a simple one to do and makes a nice set of feathered borders for a line of calligraphy – especially if you are working on a long narrow piece of paper, like an accordion card or book.

So here’s the video showing you how to do this. Enjoy!

If you would like to send me pictures of your projects using this idea, I’ll add some of your images to this post later.




Here’s an example from one of the DPC subscribers who tried this project. Thanks to Kathleen Cavanaugh who lives in a rural area of southern Indiana. She often uses calligraphy to personalize handmade notecards, bookmarks, etc. Kathleen even included the instructions for how she made this, which I thought I would share in case it might be of use to others.

“I used a piece of soft pastel for the feathering, and after adding the text I scanned the page into my computer. Then used the tools in Picasa to crop, vignette, tone, and then make a collage using one of my photos for background. Finally, used another tool to add the mat and frame.”

Thanks Kathleen!