If, like me, you are always looking for new capital variations, or if you want to learn how to flourish your script one step at a time, these catalogues of variations may be helpful for you. Each of these collections gathers all the copperplate capital letters I could dig up in multiple rare copybooks published between 1780 and 1900.

Even though the models included in these catalogues were taken from engraved copybooks and produced using different tools than the pointed nib we use today, I believe that they can teach a lot about movement, proportion, balance and flourishing.

My aim is to post roughly a catalogue each month. I will not only cover capital variations, but also options for lowercase and flourishes.

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Each catalogue contains over 100 variations of the letter, including flourished options that will help beginners gradually understand the principles of flourishing. All letters were carefully isolated and redrawn to facilitate study.

Advice on how to use this material is included.  Customers get access to all future updates. 

Having something like this as a beginner would have been a huge help! When I started I was really confused by all the different models available, and had no understanding of what “real Copperplate” was, all of that was totally opaque and it took me years to find out more. This resource is excellent for beginners and advanced calligraphers alike”.

Stefanie Weigele
@ferderflugcalligraphy – federflug.com

The art of flourishing can be hard to learn, These collections of variations will help you develop your own mental “library of strokes”, which will make it easier for you to create beautiful flourished layouts. More catalogues will follow…

You will also find lots of advice on flourishing in this post.

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Three Full Alphabets from the 18th and 19th centuries. This will give you an idea of what’s inside the other catalogues 😉