Why should teaching cursive in schools be mandatory? Because cursive is your link to history. #KeepCursiveAlive. @goodtype @calligritype


Now, over 40 states in the U.S. do not require public schools to teach cursive reading or writing. We think that’s sad. In response, @Calligritype and @Goodtype are hosting a #KeepCursiveAlive IG contest with some insane prizes.

In 10 words or less and in your best cursive handwriting, tell us why teaching cursive in schools should be mandatory. Or give us a relevant quote.

This is a week long contest. To enter, your submission:
1. Must be handwritten cursive
2. Must be a new submission (no back tags)
3. Must be 10 words or less
4. Must be tagged #KeepCursiveAlive @goodtype @calligritype

One runner-up will receive a “Follow Your Bliss” limited edition and signed print and sticker by Scott Biersack of @YouBringFire.
The first place winner will receive the grand prize of a hand painted saw by @ZacharySmithh of @KnowWhereCo. This saw alone is valued at $349.

Pencil, pen, brushpen, fountain pen, microns, markers etc. are all accepted. You may vectorize your final submission, but it is not required. Video submissions also accepted. Multiple submissions are welcome.

Contest ends Tuesday, April 22nd at 11a.m. CST.

Tag your friends to join in on the fun!

"I saw it written and I saw it say…"

Are you ready for the lunar eclipse? Most people are calling it “blood moon” but I will follow Nick Drake and call it a “pink moon.” :)


Anonymous Asked
Questionwhat pens, nibs, and inks would you recommend for calligraphy? Answer

Hi Anon, thanks for the question! That’s a really broad question because it really depends on what *KIND* of calligraphy you’re interested in. So here is my long answer.

If you’d like to do Gothic/Blackletter, Roman Capitals, Foundational, Italic Hand - you’d want to use a broad-edge pen (using a nib that’s shaped like a chisel). Your best bet is a Pilot Parallel Pen to start, and if you’re more serious about it, a straight pen holder and a set of Brause chisel nibs. Book I’d recommend: Sheila Waters’Foundations of Calligraphy." Ms. Waters is a master calligrapher and her book is fantastic. 

If you’re interested in pointed pen calligraphy (using a pointed, flexible nib - which is the majority of what I do), there are two styles that are generally referred to - modern calligraphy and traditional calligraphy.

Modern calligraphy doesn’t really have a set of rules - you’re basically taking the pointed pen and making it into your own style of handwriting that looks fancy. You use a straight pen holder and a pointed nib (I recommend Nikko G for the beginner), and the best beginner’s ink in my opinion is Higgin’s Eternal. Paper to use - Rhodia grid pad or dot grid pad, and if you’re like me who also loves going to craft stores - Michael’s Arts & Crafts has Canson Marker Pads (9”x12”) that I stock up on when I get their 40% off coupons. It’s semi-translucent so you can slip a sheet of line paper (guide sheet) underneath. 

Book I’d recommend: Molly Suber-Thorpe's “Modern Calligraphy: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started in Script Calligraphy.”

Traditional pointed pen calligraphy is what I love the most. The most referred to styles are Copperplate and Spencerian. They require an oblique pen holder which offsets the nib to the side to help achieve a 55-degree slant that makes the letterforms so beautiful and elegant. Both Copperplate and Spencerian are very different, and have rules you must follow. It will be frustrating for a beginner at first, but who said calligraphy was easy? :)

For a beginner, I’d recommend a plastic Speedball oblique holder. Nib/Ink/Paper are same as above. 

Book I’d recommend for Copperplate: Eleanor Winters' “Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy: A Step-by-Step Manual

Spencerian: Master Penman Michael Sull's “Learning to write Spencerian script.”

All the supplies/books mentioned above can be found at Paper & Ink Arts or John Neal Bookseller.

I also recommend visiting the Flourish Forum to join a great online community of calligraphers new and seasoned to share tips, ideas and inspirations. 

Happy writing,


#calligraphy #pointedpen #frenchwedding (à Studio French Blue )

Joy’s work is sublime.

Questionomggg how do you even do such beautiful lettering!! it's unreal <3 Answer

Aww, thank you! I’ve been doing calligraphy since grade school, but a few years ago I decided to be more serious about it and joined my local Calligraphy Guild. I have been studying with a professional calligrapher for over two years now, and I take classes and workshops when I can. I also try to make time to practice everyday. Practice really makes perfect. :)

If you’d like to find a calligraphy guild near you, Jane Farr has a great list here: http://janefarr.blogspot.com/p/links.html

Today’s lettering doodle is a great “Draper-ism.” So glad @madmen_amc is back tonight! 🍸🚬💵💋


More Nirvana. Lyrics from “In Bloom.”


Sketch from yesterday, vectorized. Not perfect but it was good practice!


  1. Camera: Nikon E880
  2. Aperture: f/2.8
  3. Exposure: 1/727th
  4. Focal Length: 8mm

I needed a sketching/lettering break for my sanity.

And hurrah for 100/365. 

"I never felt magic crazy as this / I never saw the moon or knew the meaning of the sea / But now you’re here / Brighten my northern sky" 

-Nick Drake


Happy mail day! Got some fancy vintage nibs from a super nice Etsy seller, just in time for the beautiful pen holder I got from Yoke Pen Co. Can’t wait to try the phonographic nib! ✒️💕



Back to our regularly scheduled daily calligraphy. Lyrics from Idioteque by Radiohead.