I Still Love Calligraphy


Today is the day. It’s been a looooong time coming. I present to you I Still Love Calligraphy, an online calligraphy course geared towards modern copperplate calligraphy.

If you’re interested in learning modern calligraphy based on the copperplate style, I do hope you give this course a go. It’s been a team effort between Chris and me. Originally we were going to put the course on a password protected wordpress platform, but when Chris lost his job back in January, he took it as an opportunity to build what I needed from scratch.

I’m so proud of the work Chris did, especially considering he didn’t really start developing sites until a year and a half ago.

Here are the awesome features about this site and course:

  • it’s a stand-alone site with a shopping cart equipped for selling and distributing securely digital downloads
  • there are multiple nav bars (top, bottom and side) for you to navigate your way around the coursework and your account
  • in the course, you have 8 lessons with step-by-step illustrations and photos to clarify techniques and theory
  • 4 videos are available as supplements to the lessons that cover topics of tools, basic strokes, flourishes and making calligraphy yours
  • there’s a private gallery (between each user and admin) for critiques and troubleshooting
  • the curriculum includes printable PDF guides for practicing during the course and after

This course is perfect for the beginner wanting to dabble into calligraphy or the intermediate letterer hoping to refine his or her style. Check out the video tour below or visit the site and see for yourself.



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  1. Amy says:

    Congratulations Melissa! I know you’ve been working on this for a long time and I am so excited for you! I hope you’re wildly successful with it- I’m sure you will be- you are so very talented!!

  2. MK says:

    So excited for this! I have been checking in on your blog every day just to see if the calligraphy course is up and running yet. Can’t wait to get started :) All the best!

  3. nat says:

    yay! i’m so excited for you. i want to order the supplies and sign right up. congrats!

  4. Miranda says:

    Yay yay! Congratulations!

  5. marissa says:

    YESSSSS!! now i just have to find time. this is so awesome!

  6. Katie says:

    Congrats on the site! It looks great!

  7. Melissa says:

    Congrats! SO exciting. You have been working on this for ages it seems. Can’t wait to sign up. May have to be after the summer madness calms down, though.

  8. Melissa, it looks great!

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  10. maria says:

    Congrat Melissa, this is absolutely exciting!! The website looks great, and I’m really looking forward to the moment I’ll have enough spare time on my hands to give it a try! I hope you don’t mind that I’ve blogged about ISLC, using your gorgeous example…


    Love, Maria.

  11. Tracy says:

    SOOO excited about this! I’m been trying to find a calligraphy class for over a year now. I ordered my supplies just now and will sign up once they arrive. Thank you for offering this course. I’ve admired your work for a long time and can’t wait to try my hand at it.

  12. Danelle says:

    Woo! I’ve been waiting for this! :D Now I just have to figure out when the best time for me is to do it. Is this going to be an on-going thing for you or are you likely to stop it after a year or so?

  13. Juliette says:

    The supplies are on their way! I hope they ship fast.
    My girlfriend lent me all of her nibs and ink this afternoon to try out all sorts of things. It was great fun, I filled out pages upon pages!


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  17. Jenna Ford says:

    Hello, my name is Jenna and I purchased a couple of your print out tutorials and j can’t seem to find the emails or where to find the at all! I feel like it’s been longer than a year since I got them but life happens and I totally forgot about them until I got an email! Well, not sure if that’s enough info to find what I bought but thank you in advance. :)

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