Master copperplate writing with this self-study online course
We tried an online copper scripting course, and it was a rewarding experience
The Copperplate Collection Kit
Do we need beautiful handwriting to try calligraphy? “Absolutely not,” laughs Sanjana Chatlani, founder of The Bombay Lettering Company, putting us at ease. “When we write, we share our thoughts on paper.
With calligraphy, you focus on each stroke to create a style. Practice matters,” she adds. We signed up for his online offering, The Copperplate Collection, an online self-study video course on the elegant Copperplate script originating in England.
Our kit is thoughtful curation and includes a personalized bookmark and cranberry tea. Supplies include an oblique stand, two nibs, ink, instruction cards, a recommended schedule, a brown practice pad, and a black binder with tracing worksheets. “The skeleton of the script is based on oval strokes. In everything we do, we think of ovals and oblique lines. The tip opens under pressure to create a thick line. The capillary stroke is always up and the down stroke is pulled down with pressure,” explains Chatlani.
A former marketing executive, her interest in calligraphy began when a gentleman came into their office to write handwritten cards. Copper calligraphy intrigued him. “In 2017, I realized it was my calling and started the Bombay Lettering Company. When people take my course, I want them to use it in a practical way – writing a note or setting a table with business cards. I will also be hosting live sessions to answer questions,” she adds.
Our handwriting test
go with the flow
We follow his instructions – our feet are firmly on the ground, a slight bend of the body to the left, with the worksheet tilted so that the lines are perpendicular to our stomach; the tip is always aligned with the slant of the paper lines. A line on the spreadsheet starts at the baseline, going up to the waistline; on which the first and second ascenders are located. Below the baseline, place the first and second descenders. Before starting to work with the pen, we scribble a few strokes and ovals on the paper to free our movement. We insert the nib into the flange, pour ink with a dropper and dip the nib halfway. We set our angle and start slight upward movements that are fragile. The thicker line at the bottom flows well and the tip opens up when we apply pressure, releasing more ink. Then we connect them with a reversal, learn the oval and try an upward loop. Every shot needs attention; it’s therapeutic, making us shut down the world.
We’re dabbling with the script for the next few days. After the basic strokes and videos, lowercase and uppercase are divided into groups, clubbing similar letters for easy learning. Bonus videos include punctuations, variations, layouts, and compositions. We wrote the letters. Our vertical loop needs work and looks like squiggles; However, this process opened up a creative world. Calligraphy is like a form of classical dance; respect the rules and control the blows, because it follows a strict style. There are shapes, skeletons, and once you master it, a unique art and style will emerge.
Connect to: bombaylettering.com
Cost: Rs 8,499 and above