Learn the essentials of modern calligraphy and develop your own style


In this course, you will build a solid foundation for your calligraphy skills with the essential concepts for constructing letterforms: Learning the fundamentals for writing pointed-pen calligraphy is the core of this course. You will be exploring these basic principles first, then learning how to add variations and your own style, and you will compose your own alphabet in the end.

Have you always wanted to create your own cards, envelopes or invitations with beautiful modern calligraphy? Would you like to discover your own creativity through the art of beautiful writing with a hands-on, easy approach?

This course has been designed for people with no calligraphy experience and for those who want to learn the basics of writing modern calligraphy, and to develop their own style. You don’t need any experience with calligraphy whatsoever to take this course. The course is also great for graphic designers or illustrators looking to expand their skills.

In the course, we will cover:

In the video lessons I’ll cover topics such as the basic principles of the pointed pen, tool recommendations, workspace setup, how you can establish an effective practice routine and deal with perfectionism. I’ll demonstrate how to write each letter of the alphabet, lower and upper case, in a modern style. At the end, you’ll have the tools and knowledge to develop your own style, and you will compose your own calligraphy alphabet. Work at your own pace

  • The course is designed so you can easily complete it in 4-6 weeks, you’ll have plenty of time to complete the assignments.
  • You will still have access to the text and video resources after that, so you can complete or revisit the course at your own pace. The personal feedback is limited to the first six weeks after you sign up.
  • With 15-30 minutes of practice each day or every other day (2-4 hours per week) you’ll be able to make considerable progress.




All the videos, all the worksheets
  • The Basic package has:

  • All the videos
  • The worksheets
  • The option to purchase the workbook ($30 value)

How the course will work

  • This is a course with 24 video lessons in 6 modules with in-depth instructions on the fundamental techniques needed to learn pointed-pen calligraphy
  • There are two different packages for the course: either completely self-directed (Basic package) or with 6 weeks of personal feedback from me (Complete package). In the complete package, you will have the opportunity to get personal feedback by me over 6 weeks. I want to ensure that you’re getting the guidance and feedback you’ll need right from the beginning to master the basic skills of modern calligraphy.
  • Each lesson is building on the previous, and you will get specific assignments to hone your skills. My feedback will ensure you’ll make progress in the right direction, and get faster results.
  • You’ll get emails every week and worksheets and corresponding assignments that I’ll review, plus a detailed workbook to accompany the videos. (You can also choose to include the workbook in the basic package – it’s great because you have everything you need in one place and all the worksheets and texts in the order the course will progress. It’s essentially the course in text-form, so you can practice with the workbook even without the videos).

I completed Julia’s First Calligraphy Essentials course late 2016. As a graphic designer I have a borderline obsessive relationship with beautiful letters and was keen to get away from the computer and create something more organic…get some ink on my fingers!

I had followed Julia’s blog and signed up straightway when she announced the course. What I really liked is the emphasis on a solid foundation, learning the fundamentals of calligraphy and taking the time to learn the basic strokes and techniques in order to develop your skills and own style of writing.

Julia has a really calm and clear tuition style and her feedback via the forum is always encouraging and instructive.

I’d certainly recommend this course for anyone who has wanted to learn modern calligraphy. You’ll get everything you need to get started on your lettering journey, but I warn you it’s addictive, in the very best way! -(Alex)

I have seen great improvement in my calligraphy over these short few weeks. Your detailed analysis pinpointed the areas which I need to pay attention. Again, I so appreciate your organized and well presented instruction, worksheets, and feedback. I am hopeful you will continue with online coursework and informative videos. Thank you! -(Leanor)
I’m an absolute beginner of all beginners so I found calligraphy rather intimidating at first.

However once I started & gradually became familiar with the nibs, paper, etc. I (very slowly I must say) started to see improvement in my progress. The resources are tremendous, workbook & videos etc. very well put together & so easy to understand! I plan to go through them again for a refresh.

I highly recommend ‘Calligraphy Essentials’! – the full course which includes the feedback…I found it incredibly vital and valuable as a beginner to have the positive correction & encouragement!

I’d also like to mention I’m nearly 67 years old with no artistic/creative experience…so…I’d like to say you’re never too old to start something new! If the desire is there just take the plunge! -(Christine)

What are these packages you mention? Which package should I choose?

There are two different packages that you can choose from, the basic and complete package. You’ll get personal feedback in the complete package.

  • The basic package will have all the video and text lessons you can go through at your own pace, plus the worksheets or optionally the full 45-page workbook. I’m not offering feedback for that package, so if you prefer learning alone, this is for you.
  • The complete package will have all the video and text, several assignments you can have reviewed plus the full 45-page workbook included in the price. This package is what you should get if you want to get everything out of this course and get every possible feedback that you can get.

What about the feedback? Will this be private or public?

I will offer 6 weeks of feedback for each student in the complete package. Feedback will be private and one on one. You can also share your work with the group if you like. The basic package doesn’t offer any feedback.

What materials do I have to get before I start the course?

If you choose the complete package, I recommend that you get your supplies prior to the sign-up, because once the course begins you will have 6 weeks to complete the assignments. This does not apply to the basic package, you’ll have all the time you want for completing that without any deadlines.

You will need the following basic supplies for the course:

  • a pen holder, straight or oblique (I use an oblique holder for my demonstrations, but it’s not a requirement)
  • nibs: 2x Nikko G, and 2x another nib (Zebra G, Brause Steno, Hunt Imperial)
  • a bottle of India or Sumi ink (Kuretake Sumi Ink is great)
  • a pad of layout paper (this is very smooth and doesn’t make ink bleed)
  • a water jar, soft cloth, removable tape, pencil, eraser

Please note that you will get the best results when you actually use the supplies I recommend. Usually the right paper is crucial to getting the desired results (and experiencing less frustration!) in the beginning. You can refer to this supply list or read more on the topic of materials here.

How long will I have access to the course materials?

I offer access to the video and text materials for as long as I sell the course, but at least for one year after your purchase.

Do you have a refund policy?

Yes. If you feel like the course hasn’t given you the value you were looking for, please contact me and I will see if I can solve your problem – my aim is to have satisfied students. Of course you can also get a refund if you request it – up to 30 days from purchase.

Want to get notified when the sign-up for the complete package opens again?

Enrollment for the complete package is closed now (the basic course is available). Due to the time I invest into each student I can only offer the course with feedback a few times a year. Please get notified through my email list when the course opens again & sign up below.


All the videos, all the worksheets
  • The Basic package has:

  • All the videos
  • The worksheets
  • The option to purchase the workbook ($30 value)

Want to get notified when the sign-up for the complete package opens again?

Enrollment will open again when the current class is over. Join the waitlist to be notified when sign up is open again.