Can Anyone Recommend a Calligraphy Kit Text?

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Steve Tiano's picture
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Can Anyone Recommend a Calligraphy Kit Text?
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I'm interested in a combo that includes a basic set of pens or whatever, and a text that will take me from beginners' exercises to working on some serious letterforms before sending me out on my own. I've decided I want to get that sense of how the strokes go from thin to thick and vice versa.

Oh, something I've been meaning to ask about ... I'm a lefty. Do I have to jump thru hoops figuring out the reverse of instructions from one of these books? Or is it just the same moves with the other hand?

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Pilot Parallel are good starter pens (in fact pretty good full stop) since the nibs are created with two parallel plates, rather than a more recognisable nib, I would imagine they would suit a lefty as much as a righty.
http://www.studioartshop.com/acatalog/info_672_1.html

It seems Rotring have dropped their lefthanded range, but there maybe something on ebay or in a dusty stockroom somewhere, the righthanded versions are lovely to use but a little sterile in the quality of their line, depends what you want from your calligraphy.
http://www.blotspens.co.uk/acatalog/Calligraphy_Rotring_Art_Pens_22.html

Or there are specialist lefthanded sites – I don’t know about the quality of instruction and pens but they are written with the lefthanded in mind.
http://www.anythingleft-handed.co.uk/acatalog/master_class_calligraphy_s...

http://www.anythingleft-handed.co.uk/acatalog/left_hand_calligraphy.html

http://www.clas.co.uk/lefthanders.html

By the way has anyone used a Yoropen? They look like fun, I am sure I saw a similar product designed for a competition by Seymour Powell.
http://www.yoropen.com/

Tim