Sunday, December 6, 2009

Two Italic Calligraphy Alphabets (2008)

Here are two Chancery Italic alphabets I used for the two calligraphy workshops I taught on 28 August 2008 and on the same date in 2009.  The first alphabet shows the order of strokes for each letter, the dot marking where the pen begins writing.  In hindsight the alphabets are far from perfect, but they are, in my view at least, clear enough for the beginning calligrapher.  I hope to revise them sometime and improve on the letterforms, and include some brief side notes on how to hold the pen.


  1. I enjoy myself very much.. & greatly appreciate you for giving the opportunity to let us learn from you.. =)

  2. Hi
    I have a website on calligraphy ( and wondered if you would allow me to use the 2 italic images here on my website? I would obviously put a credit and a link to your blog with the pictures. My own attempts at Italic weren't very good and I think your version is lovely. You obviously work hard at your letterforms.
    Kind regards

  3. Hello, Sniffy

    Very sorry -- I've only just noticed your comment. Yes, you're than welcome to use the two images. Thanks for your kind words -- I've been at it for 25 years now!



  4. Hi,

    I would just like to know. Is a fountain pen the same as n calligraphy pen?

  5. Hi -- not necessarily. A calligraphy pen is one with a nib that is suited to any of the calligraphy styles, but usually a square or edged tip for Italic, Gothic, Foundational and other styles. A calligraphy pen can be a fountain pen or a dip pen -- or even a felt-tip.

  6. Hi, Im Elizabeth and Im a calligrapher from Cleveland, Ohio. Im in the process of teaching a young lady Italic after a 4 week session of Foundational. Thanks for sharing your information and art with everyone!