Pointed Pen Possibilities Series

BOTH classes by Barbara Close – Copperplate Essentials & Contemporary Variations – at a special price!

 Includes both classes from Barbara Close at a special bundle price of $150 – just $75 per class!
Or use code 25PPP for 25% off any individual class (expires 12/31/20). Happy Holidays!

What’s included

Learn the elegant Copperplate script with a series of 26 step-by-step video tutorials by Barbara Close. This is the first class in her Pointed Pen Possibilities series, produced by Sandia Workshops.

Using a pointed, flexible nib, you will start by learning the basic strokes that form the building blocks for the entire alphabet using Barbara’s easy-to-follow method. Then, by practicing lowercase and capital letters as groups of related letterforms, you’ll soon be writing words with confidence. Copperplate calligraphy is perfect for creating graceful invitations, addressing envelopes, name cards, poetry and quotations.

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Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes with English Subtitles 

Whether you’re a new or seasoned calligrapher, take your pointed pen copperplate script beyond the formal with Barbara Close’s lively variations. This is the second class in her Pointed Pen Possibilities series, produced by Sandia Workshops.

In this class, you’ll learn a variety of alternate characters for every letter of the alphabet, explore myriad options for capitals, then combine these variations with traditional forms as you practice words from ornate to contemporary to funky. Barbara also shares valuable tips and techniques for improving your layout and design in an extensive gallery section of her calligraphic art and handmade books.

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Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes (English Subtitles in progress)

The class starts as soon as your payment is processed. The class runs on YOUR schedule and does not expire!

How it works

  • Classes are prerecorded with excellent HD video quality and audio so you can see every detail
  • Practice immediately after you check out – no waiting for the class to start! 
  • Watch as often as you like, as long as you like. The videos will not disappear after a few months! 
  • Replay a particular stroke or letter as many times as you like – even at different speeds!
  • Bite-sized lessons make it easy to pick up where you left off in the course or jump to a specific topic
  • Progress through the lessons at your own pace – without the instructor being interrupted!
  • Videos are tightly edited so as not to waste a second of your time!
  • Download PDFs and exemplars directly from the classroom
  • English Subtitles are available for this class.
  • Learn more on our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us with questions
  • To learn more about this full series, please visit the Pointed Pen Possibilities page on our main site.

About your instructor

Barbara Close is an internationally renowned calligrapher, designer and instructor with a passion for creativity and a love of lettering. She encourages her students to create appealing calligraphic art using a wide variety of mixed-media techniques.

Barbara loves the exhilaration of discovery in playful experimentation along with skillful execution: “Finding one’s own path is a true quest of mine – and I love sharing this with others.”

Barbara’s studio is located in La Mirada, California, where she teaches online to students both locally and all around the world. She created Pointed Pen Possibilities, a series of professionally recorded online classes: After an introductory class for beginners, Barbara takes you on a journey through her signature contemporary pointed pen style.

Barbara has taught at several national and international lettering conferences, including IAMPETH and Lettering CA Style. She designed the logo masthead for Somerset Studio Magazine, a calligraphic font for ProvoCraft’s Cricut die-cut machine and several greeting cards for Marcel Schurman/Papyrus. Her work can be found in many national magazines and in private collections.

About your instructor

Barbara Close is an internationally renowned calligrapher, designer and instructor with a passion for creativity and a love of lettering. She encourages her students to create appealing calligraphic art using a wide variety of mixed-media techniques.

Barbara loves the exhilaration of discovery in playful experimentation along with skillful execution: “Finding one’s own path is a true quest of mine – and I love sharing this with others.”

Barbara’s studio is located in La Mirada, California, where she teaches online to students both locally and all around the world. She created Pointed Pen Possibilities, a series of professionally recorded online classes: After an introductory class for beginners, Barbara takes you on a journey through her signature contemporary pointed pen style.

Barbara has taught at several national and international lettering conferences, including IAMPETH and Lettering CA Style. She designed the logo masthead for Somerset Studio Magazine, a calligraphic font for ProvoCraft’s Cricut die-cut machine and several greeting cards for Marcel Schurman/Papyrus. Her work can be found in many national magazines and in private collections.

Julie Gray
on Copperplate Essentials class

“Great course! Not only for beginners, but as a good refresher for experienced copperplate calligraphers. Barbara makes everything clear, concise and professional. A nicely produced online class for everyone interested in pointed pen.”

Special Series Pricing

  • PPP-Series
  • $150 USD

    Copperplate Essentials AND Contemporary Variations

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