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


Tips and Hints to Help You Get Started on Your Calligraphic Journey” is an introductory course designed for beginners interested in the art of calligraphy. The course, presented by qualified calligrapher and designer Mary-Jane Roussel, aims to demystify the use of traditional calligraphy tools such as nibs, pen-holders, and ink.

Participants will learn essential skills including how to insert the nib into the pen-holder, load the ink reservoir, and create the characteristic thick and thin strokes of calligraphy. Key concepts covered include maintaining a 45° pen angle, proper letter placement within guidelines, and understanding the ductus, or the sequence and direction of strokes in writing.

Mary-Jane demonstrates these techniques using a 3 mm Brause oblique nib in a wooden pen-holder with walnut hull ink, although similar tools can be used. The course begins with a keynote presentation overviewing calligraphy essentials, followed by a series of instructional videos.

This course is ideal for those new to calligraphy or those transitioning from markers and parallel pens to traditional pen and ink. However, it might be too basic for those already experienced with pen and ink. Upon completion, students may wish to continue their studies with more advanced courses, such as the Simple Gothic Script course available on Udemy.

What You’ll Learn

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


My favourite 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 unfamilarity 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 keynotes presentation that will first give you a quick overall view of Calligraphy essentials, followed by a series of videos 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 writing 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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