Openinkstand Art & Calligraphy

Beginner’s Guide

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So you want to learn calligraphy! Welcome to the black hole hobby! Calligraphy, or ‘decorative handwriting or handwritten lettering’ is a  wonderful, fulfilling art that will help you in your life. It is such a vast complex world and there are many ways to go about it, and I know how daunting it can be for a beginner. But anyone can do it, all you need is practice and a place to start.

I made this guide as a quick and dirty way to get started using basic tools, but with enough information to keep you busy for awhile. I hope it helps!

And as always, if you have any questions please feel free to email me.


  • What to Buy: Tried, tested and approved tools plus tips and tricks on how to use them properly
  • Where to Learn: From books? Personal tutoring? Online classes? Videos? This list will help you make the right choice for you
  • What to Write: You can’t just keep writing ‘minimum’ over and over. Here are some ideas of what to do with your awesome new skill
  • Where to Go: You’re not alone! Join us in our numerous calligraphy communities and sink deeper into the black hole hobby