A living list of calligraphy resources

Picking up the pen for the first time can be daunting when you’re not sure what a nib is, how gum arabic is supposed to work, or why certain papers just don’t like ink. To help point you in the right direction, we’ve assembled this curated list of calligraphy resources. Before jumping in, please review our Advertising disclosure.


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Practice Materials

Here are a few free files that I use for my practice. Make sure you print them on ink-friendly paper.

Recommended Books

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Pen Tools


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