The Copperplate style of calligraphy was popular in England in the 17th and 18th centuries. We Americans sometimes call it the Roundhand style. It is a beautiful cursive script which is precise and very “regular” looking in terms of rhythm and execution.
We use an Oblique Calligraphy pen, which helps us keep a nice slant, and which can hold a variety of different pen nibs. We dip the pen into ink, write, and dip again.
It can be very quiet and relaxing to practice because the pen and ink method makes one write slowly (You literally cannot go fast!)
I ask students to bring a few quotes/short poems that are meaningful to them.
Additional Supply Fee:
$50.00 per writing kit:
1 oblique pen holder
black acrylic ink
“dinky dips” small vials with holder used for ink
50-page copperplate practice pad
50-sheet transparent layout pad
About the Instructor
The name of my company “Mira Aster” was found in a book about aster flowers. While it is truly a type of flower, we like to think of Mira Aster as a creative person who loves handwriting, fabric, paper, sewing, color, art, and craft.
Anne Millett is the founder, owner, and chief maker of Mira Aster handmade stationery. She doesn’t mind when people call her “Mira”. She started her business in Brooklyn, New York in 1999, and exhibited a small line of hand sewn note cards at a trade show in 2000. Orders from wonderful shops across the country came right away. Next came inquiries for invitations, and the custom business was born. Creating bespoke invitations for weddings and events led to other items for the events themselves- programs, escort cards, place cards, menus, favor tags, food and drink signage, thank you notes, and beyond. This gave Anne the opportunity to develop her calligraphy, hand-lettering, and sign-painting business.
Our invitations have been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides, Modern Bride, Elle Decor, Teen Vogue, C magazine and other print publications. Blogs include Style Me Pretty, Snippet and Ink, Junebug, Green Wedding Shoes, and more.