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Learning Copperplate Capitals aka Majuscules

The long awaited Capitals tutorial is finally up in the forum! This 10 minute video is an accumulation of over 28 hours of work. I’m pleased to introduce you to the basics of learning Copperplate Capitals, also known as Majuscules. This is a basic copperplate alphabet which is less rigid and hopefully, more accessible, than traditional Copperplate or Roundhand.

As with learning other calligraphy, I highly recommend taking a class in person with your local guild or a traveling instructor, or even going to one of the calligraphy conferences. Nothing can substitute the experience of learning in person from a qualified calligrapher.

In the meantime, I hope these tutorials are a great jumping off point. Enjoy!


Learn Copperplate Capitals at the flourish forum



Donut Sunday – Modern Calligraphy Exemplar

I can’t wait any longer. ūüôā I intended on sharing this exemplar and demonstration video for Valentine’s Day but I just finished my Valentines for the forum exchange and I’m excited to share. Plus, I decided some of you may want to use this new alphabet to create your own Valentines so this gives you a little head start.

This is really more of a demonstration and an exemplar hand out, than a tutorial. There were many requests for a full exemplar of a modern¬†calligraphy style¬†so hopefully this will help. It doesn’t stray too far from a traditional Copperplate so those of you who have¬†been following along with the tutorials in the forum, should find it vaguely¬†familiar.

While it is fun to play with different styles, I always recommend taking a class in person if you can with an experienced calligrapher. There is so much to learn from seeing it done in person and having someone there to give you instant feedback. It speeds the learning process immensely.

I have posted the video and the handouts in the Pointed Pen Nirvana board. This is a member’s only board but membership is free. So if you haven’t signed up, this is a great time to do it!

And Happy (early) Valentine’s Day!

Truly, Erica Donut Sunday Modern Calligraphy ExemplarModern Calligraphy Exemplar



The pointed pen numbers tutorial is now available in the Pointed Pen Nirvana section of the forum! Hooray! Numbers don’t really get the attention they deserve. But poorly executed numbers can really ruin an otherwise beautiful piece of calligraphy whether an envelope or invitation. Some day I hope to offer a full workshop on just numbers!

In the meantime, you can watch the tutorial! I have included an exemplar and a guideline sheet just for numbers as well.

I hope you enjoy!



Pointed Pen Number Tutorial available only at!


Lesson 5 is now available!

I can’t believe January is almost half over! Where does the time go?! I am really excited this lesson completes our minuscule letters! Soon we will be working on numbers and then beginning the Copperplate capitals.

Remember, you must be a member to view the Pointed Pen Nirvana board. But membership is free!

I also wanted to point out, subscribing to the blog emails does not register you for the forum. You must register once you click on the forum link.

Thank you all for the great support!



Copperplate Tutorial Lesson 5 - e, c, r, s, x, & z


How to Mix Gouache

Hey Letter Lovers,

A quick tutorial on how to mix gouache is now up in the How To Tutorial Category. Click here to check it out or watch it below. This is just a small sample of some of the tutorials we offer in the forum.

We have been adding members like crazy and having so much fun talking calligraphy, lettering, design, etc. The new year is off to a great start! Thanks for making the Flourish forum such a great place to share!


How to Mix Gouache tutorial



Lesson 4 – Pointed Pen Copperplate Calligraphy is now available!

Happy New Year to all you letter lovers. Tomorrow is the first Monday of 2014 so I thought I would share the next tutorial in our Pointed Pen Calligraphy series to brighten up your day!

We will be wrapping up the miniscule (lowercase) letters with the next lesson. We’ll then be doing a lesson on numbers! Yuck! I mean, Hooray! (Does anyone else not like numbers or is it just me?) In any event, we’ll do a full lesson on copperplate numerals and then move on to majiscules and modern calligraphy!

The lessons and membership are offered free of charge but you have to be a member to see the Pointed Pen Nirvana board. I have lots of great things planned for this year so I hope you’ll join us in the forum!

Lesson 4, Learning l, h, k, b, & f


Ten Tips to Self-Critique and Improve your Calligraphy

What better way to start off the new year but with a resolution or goal to improve your calligraphy. Improvement takes lots of practice and careful observation. As I have said before, no amount of practice of bad letterforms will improve your lettering.

So I have written ten tips to help you critique your lettering, be kind to yourself, and accomplish your goals of improving your calligraphy in 2014!

Click here to view this article in the forum.

Best wishes for happy lettering in 2014!



Ten Tips to Self-Critique and Improve your Calligraphy


New Tutorial: How to – Contemporary/Modern Calligraphy

I”m really excited to share some “How To’s” for Contemporary/Modern Calligraphy. Originally, I intended to go through all of the Copperplate lessons before starting contemporary calligraphy. However, I recognize we have varying skill levels and interests here at the forum. So I want everyone to have something to enjoy.

This is only a handout tutorial, however, I think you will find it has some good information to get started. In the near future, I will be sharing video tutorials as well for members only. Membership is free so sign up now!

Let me know your feedback or if you have any questions! Enjoy!


Contemporary/Modern Calligraphy Tutorial



L Letterpress for Holiday Cards

I am really pleased with how my holiday cards came out using the L Letterpress home machine. So I decided to feature the project on the forum. Click here to view. This little machine can really do some great things!

I had originally intended to have the card printed in reverse (dark background with white lettering). However, I did not allow myself (or the printer) enough time to get it done. Next year, I hope to plan earlier! Ha ha!

See more photos in the forum:

L Letterpress at home

How to Letterpress at home