Bettering Our Lettering (Engrosser's Script) Online Course (26 Lessons)

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Bettering Our Lettering (Engrosser's Script) Online Course (26 Lessons)


This is a 26-day course with 26 videos--one on each letter of the alphabet. Each day there will be one video posted focusing on the upper and lower case of a letter and your assignment of the day would be to put the instructions into practice. You may choose to scan or take a photo of your homework and post it on the forum, where I will make suggestions on areas that can be improved. You will have 60 days access to the course and receive feedback. So you may choose to take the course at your own pace within the 60 days. 

While the course will be focused on Engrosser's Script and letterforms. My goal in this course is to share what makes a good letter and how to identify the areas you need improvements on. So you may feel free to post brush lettering or modern calligraphy as your homework. 

After your purchase through this link, you may head over to to register for your forum account. Please register with the same email that you used to check out for this course. You will be given a password to access the videos and forum boards for the class you registered for. You will have lifetime access to the videos and boards. 

Supplies List

I'm very grateful to both John Neal Bookseller and Paper & Ink Arts for putting together a package for us. Here are the direct links to our supply lists for the class: (Use the Code: cchen for 10% off at checkout)

The reason I decided to trouble my friends at both places is because they each carry certain items I think are essential on my list. If you already own a version of an item on the list, please do by all means use what you have.

  • Zanerian Manual
    • This was the textbook at the Zanerian College and has the best instructions on Engrosser's Script. It is currently available only at John Neal Booksellers. 
  • 1 Oblique Holder for Engrosser's Script
    • If this is your first oblique holder, I suggest one with a bullock flange from PIA so either the Hourglass Oblique Holder or the PIA Adjustable Oblique Holder. Even though the Hourglass Oblique is currently "out of stock," if you place an order, the backorder usually ships fairly soon. This is the best "mass produced" oblique on the market. John Neal does not offer holders with bullock flanges at this time. The reason I suggest a bullock flange holder is that the bullock flange allows you as a beginner to try out different nibs without constantly adjusting your flange.
  • Flathead screwdriver to adjust the bullock flange
  • 1 Straight holder for modern calligraphy
  • Your favorite brush pen if you do brush calligraphy
  • 1 Inkwell
    • I suggested the dinky dips but if you already have an inkwell, please ignore the dinky dip suggestion. 
  • Moon Palace Sumi Ink
  • Rhodia Pad, Dot Grid 8.25"x11.75"
  • 28lb laser paper (available at Staples)
    • This is a cheaper alternative for practicing. The downside is that you have to line the paper yourself. 
  • Protractor
    • Essential for drawing and checking the slant of your script. 
  • Ruler
    • The S798. C-Thru 12 Inch GRAPH Ruler I recommended on the John Neal list is a very useful tool to have. The transparent graph lining allows you to check your measurements easily. 
  • Nibs
    • Gillott 303, Leonardt Principal, & the Gillott 1068A. If you have only used G nibs, please make sure to purchase each of the above. Gillott 303's quality control has been an issue so I would suggest to purchase a few to make sure that you don't have damaged nibs. 
  • Paper Towel & Water to clean Nibs
  • Pencil
  • Eraser





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