As a hand letterer and aspiring calligrapher I am always looking for new pens and tools. Local art stores are helpful, especially when you need something today. Then of course there is Amazon where you can get almost anything and if you live in a major metro area you can get it the same day. Sometimes though you are looking for something that just isn’t available locally and that they don’t carry, or it is too expensive, at Amazon. Then you go looking for a specialty vendor that carries just what you need. Enter Jetpens…
I found Jetpens when I was trying to find Pilot Hi-Tec C pens. Jetpens specializes in Japanese pens and stationery. Jetpens came through with flying colors. They have a huge selection, their site is top notch and simple to navigate, and the search on the site works great. They offer free shipping on orders of $25 or more which is a pretty low threshold to meet. After seeing how well they did with my first order I have returned to order brush pens, Hi-Tec C refills, fountain pens, markers and more. If you are looking for supplies for your lettering and calligraphy needs Jetpens is a great place to start!
So in my quest for mastering hand lettering and calligraphy I have been looking for resources to help me on my path of discovery. There are lots of artists that you can look to for inspiration (which I will be posting in the future) but today I wanted to post somewhere that actually teaches lettering and handwriting. Enter IAMPETH.
IAMPETH is the International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting (hence IAMPETH, the name is a mouthful). Their site is full of resources created by true masters in the art of penmanship and lettering. You can find vintage penmanship magazines with unreal samples of beautiful antique style penmanship. They have a gallery of artwork by past and present IAMPETH members and masters. They even have rare books on penmanship that you can look through online. They have tons of resources for people interested in penmanship and calligraphy.
The part I wanted to focus on though is the Lessons section of the site. First off all of the lessons are free to the general public. No need to be an IAMPETH member to look at them. There are lessons for pretty much every type of penmanship you can imagine: pointed nib, broad nib, left handed…even just handwriting. Truly if it has to do with penmanship you can find some lessons on how to get started.
So if you are looking to get started on the path of penmanship or are still working on honing your skills head over to IAMPETH and check it out!