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Calligraphy: The Basics – Free Udemy Courses

Calligraphy: The Basics – Free Udemy Courses

Tips and hints to help you get started on your calligraphic journey

What you’ll learn

Calligraphy: The Basics – Free Udemy Courses

  • Acquire the elementary knowledge you need before going on to learn calligraphy.


  • My favorite tools are a Brause 3 mm nib in a wooden pen holder, with walnut hull ink. This, however, is not mandatory; you may use similar tools and supplies.


If you are just starting a calligraphic journey, this short introductory course is for you!

CALLIGRAPHY … the art of beautiful writing

Perhaps you have been wanting to learn more about using traditional nib and pen-holder to create beautiful letters, but were daunted by the unfamiliarity of the tools.

This course de-mystifies the use of authentic calligraphy instruments.

Learn :

  • to correctly insert the nib into the pen holder;
  • to load the reservoir and get the ink to flow onto your paper ;
  • how to create the thick and thin strokes of the letter ;
  • why it is important to keep your pen at a 45° angle ;
  • where to place your letters in the guidelines ;
  • what the ductus is.

Presented by Mary-Jane Roussel, a qualified calligrapher and designer, this course starts with a keynote presentation that will first give you a quick overall view of Calligraphy essentials, followed by a series of videos that will help you get started in Calligraphy.

In the demonstrations, Mary-Jane uses a 3 mm Brause oblique nib in a wooden pen holder and walnut hull ink.

After completing this introductory course, you will probably be yearning to learn more about Calligraphy, the Art of Beautiful Writing. You may want to go on to our Simple Gothic Script course, also available on Udemy.

Who this course is for:

  • If you want to learn to write in calligraphy and don’t know where to start, this short series of videos is for you! Or perhaps you have been doing calligraphy for a while, but have always used markers or parallel pens and now you want to learn to write with pen & ink, join me for this course. Those of you that have experience with pen & ink may find this series too elementary for your level.

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