So, all last week and this week I have been practicing. Getting back to the basics. A few years ago I took both Italic online calligraphy classes that Martha Lever offers through CreativeWorkshops. I highly recommend beginners as well as anyone who has been doing calligraphy for a while to enroll in her courses.
I have been taking Italic lettering classes on and off since 1997. Martha breaks each letterform down to an easy, palatable, stroke by stroke way that is not hard to understand or practice.
I have not taken any of her art classes, but I feel pretty sure they will be just as wonderful, informative, and user friendly as the ones I took.
I like using regular old school composition books in which to take notes. And trust me, I take copious notes. Even though this has been about the 7th or 8th time I have watched her videos, and have previously taken copious notes all of those times, I still takes notes!
This page is part of what I did today, using double pencils so that I can easily see the stroke lines and how they meet up.
Tonight I will take my first full class to learn Spencerian!