Calligraphy Crush Issue 3

Issue 3 – Brush with Excellence

Brush lettering is the perfect way to start learning calligraphy! Brush markers are inexpensive and easy to find, they aren’t as fussy as inks and metal nibs, and you can easily carry brush markers with you to practice on the go.

Brush lettering styles range from elegant scripts to fun and funky letters, and can be used to create pretty headings for your planner pages, eye-catching cards and envelopes, and playful place cards.

Issue 3 showcases calligraphers and lettering artists who skillfully design brush-lettered alphabets and artistic compositions and also teach these skills both online and through in-person workshops.

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Cover Artist Alisse Courter

Alisse’s brush marker creations are guaranteed to stop you in your “swipe-up” tracks on Instagram. Find out how she developed her unique style.

Acts of Kindness: Thank You Cards

Linda Schneider - Make people happy and practice your brush lettering at the same time. Say "Thank you" to waitstaff and others who help you throughout your day.

Bold and Fearless Art

Peggy Dean - Learning the basics in any art form is the first step. Making it your style takes stepping out.

Evolving Styles

Want to develop your own calligraphy style? Try posting a different calligraphy style every day on Instagram for 365 days! That’s what Selena Ashley, a graphic designer and calligrapher from Michigan, did back in 2015 when she became serious about studying calligraphy.

Tutorial - Blending with Brush Markers

Cecilia Doing Art - Enhance your brush lettering with blending techniques.

Tutorial - Floral Alphabet

Beatriz Rodriguez - Design a complete floral alphabet in script style.

Tutorial - Chinese "Fai Chun" Card

Kalo Make Art - Create a "Fai Chun" card - a decoration for Chinese New Year.

Brush Pen Comparison

Loveleigh Loops Product Review: Sixteen popular brush pens face off in an elimination tournament to determine which one is the best pen overall.

Product Review - The Fabulous Flowers of Fritzi Harry

Fritzi's book shows quick florals using brush markers.

Product Review - Aquino Ruler

Aquino da Silva, owner of AB Calligraphy Supply in Macau, China has designed a new tool for quickly drawing Spencerian and Engrosser Script guidelines.

Behind the Scenes: The Evolution of Crayligraphy

Colin Tierney introduces Crayligraphy, the perfect way for beginners to start and then transition into other worlds of letterforms.

Craytiques Crayligraphy

Educraytors critique student work.

Ask a Lettering Expert

Got a calligraphy or lettering-related question you’ve always been curious about? We take your burning questions and serve up a hot dish of the answers you’ve been searching for.

The Truth About Choosing the Best Paper for Brush Lettering

The type of paper you use determines how long your brush pens will last. Find out which papers will let your markers last longer.

Brush Lettering Tips for Left-Handers

Missy Briggs - Brush lettering is not harder for left-handers, just different. Adjust what you've learned to fit your writing style.

Best Brush Beginner Tips

Kelly Klapstein - Make the most of your brush lettering practice time.

Instagram Challenges

Need some inspiration to practice your calligraphy or hand lettering? Instagram challenges can help!

InkMeThis Pens

For dip pen and ink, the pen itself can make all the difference. Read how Kestrel Montes started making her own.

IAMPETH Aha! Moments

Some moments of learning can change your entire outlook. Here are some lightbulb ideas from established calligraphers who attended the 2019 IAMPETH conference.


Works of art by Melinda Lerwill, John Stevens, Alyssa Lord, Andre Cataluna, Norman Bauzon, and Cindy Haller.