Openinkstand Art & Calligraphy


Where to buy calligraphy supplies online
The best places for online supplies are Paper Ink Arts and John Neal Booksellers.
There are many places to buy beautiful hand turned penholders, of course I gotta show you my pal Brian Smith’s Unique Obliques (check out our Painted Pen collaboration). Several Master Penmen also make amazing penholders: Heather and Chris Held‘s colorful rainbow colored pens, Michael Sull‘s gorgeous and perfect pens and Bill Lilly‘s exotic engrosser pens. Other craftsmen are also making oblique holders: Salvador MendezPierre MillerChris Yoke and Rodger Mayeda. It is certainly a renaissance in penholder artistry, lucky for us!

Where to learn calligraphy
First, contact your local guild and see if there are any lessons going on. Face to face instruction is always your best bet.
You can also buy instructional books online, or check your bookstore or library.
DasherieMag is a new magazine for calligraphers, check it out for tutorials, projects, inspirational articles, featured artists etc.
Some calligraphers also offer online classes.
There are free lessons online as well. Check out IAMPETH, Youtube, Joe Vitolo’s book, etc. I have a series of Youtube tutorials called the Pointed Pen Calligraphy 101.
If you’re lucky, there is a calligraphy conference near you. Check out IAMPETH Convention, Legacies, Summit, Passionate Pen.

What to write
Use Postcrossing to send and receive a random postcard from around the world.
Join the Letter Writers Alliance.
Are you a serious letter writer? Find a penpal with similar interests at the Letter Exchange.
You can also thank a soldier, or send a holiday card or cheerful letter to a senior.
SwapBot organizes themed mail exchanges around the world.
Join the annual Graceful Envelope Contest.
Send More Love Letters and spread the love.

Where to hang out
The Flourish Forum and the Curious Calligrapher are the coolest hangout sites for calligraphers on the web.
Instagram has a thriving calligraphy community, check out the hashtag #calligraphy and don’t forget to follow me!
Facebook has some very active calligraphy groups.

Did I miss anything? Let me know!

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