Consistency. Control. Confidence. Your calligraphy is about to transform.
Yearning to take your pointed-pen skills to the next level? Ink it out with our Calligraphy Practice Plan.
Ours is the only in-home practice program to transform your calligraphy from sloppy to smooth, erratic to consistent, and clumsy to fluid in a short 5 weeks.
Get ready for the strategies, techniques, tools and guidance you need to level-up as the calligrapher you've always aspired to be.
Hey there! We’re Laura Hooper and Alyssa Hooper, the sisters and business partners behind Laura Hooper Calligraphy. Laura is a professional calligrapher with over 15 years of experience. Alyssa heads the daily logistics that power LHC. Together, we've taught over 6,500 aspiring calligraphers the art of modern calligraphy at our in-person workshops, and over 8,500 via our starter kit and video tutorial, and we're thrilled to offer this 5-week online course to kick your calligraphy skills up a notch.
beginner calligraphers If you’ve purchased a calligraphy starter kit; if you’ve attended a beginner workshop; if you’ve taught yourself the basics of calligraphy; if you've taken our 5-day challenge — this one-of-a-kind course is the next step in your calligraphy journey.
experienced calligraphers Even after 20 years of experience with the art, I still find practicing my skills to be vital to continued growth as a calligrapher. This plan will give you the time and space you need to expertly hone your craft. The journey continues!
"Taking time to work ON your skill and not in your skill is key to keep advancing."
Learning calligraphy on my own 4 years ago was a challenge, let's be very honest. I dove right into envelope orders and really haven't looked up since. My skills improved, yes, but I lacked the fundamental beginnings and drills that calligraphers have access to today!
Following the Calligraphy Practice Plan showed IMMEDIATE results in my consistency, shapes and the overall look of my work. Taking time to work ON your skill and not in your skill is key to keep advancing. I'm planning on revisiting the course again this year to try and improve even more. – Anna St. Blanc
"It's perfect for beginners as well as for professional, experienced calligraphers."
The Calligraphy Practice Plan is SO well thought out and so thorough — it's perfect for beginners (like myself), as well as for professional, experienced calligraphers. I have referred back to my practice sheets dozens of times since the course ended, and I often print out new sheets to use for continued practice — especially the sheets with the ovals and the flourishes. It's given me the confidence to one day step out and start a little business of my own! – Brent Freeman Beasley
"It's definitely worth the investment."
I worked through the instructional book included in the starter kit, and then joined the 5-day practice challenge. That challenge got me hooked and when they offered the full 5-week practice plan, I knew I needed to sign up right away.
The improvement I saw over the five weeks was noticeable and motivating. The consistent, self-scheduled practice really helped me develop the muscle memory. I am now able to sit down and use the drills as a warm up before starting on a project.
The quality of the material, knowledge, and resources supplied during the five weeks was outstanding and definitely worth the investment if you are willing to put in a little time to see great improvement in your calligraphy skills. – Stephanie Marie
"My downstrokes are more consistent and how I hold and move the pen is much more fluid"
I've learned that consistent practice (on drills, not letters) makes a huge improvement on letters — my upstrokes are less shaky (less splatter), my downstrokes are more consistent (less ink blobbing) and overall how I hold and move the pen is much more fluid. – Jennifer Duran
"The rewards come surprisingly quickly."
Since the Practice Plan (and Practice Challenge) emphasized the idea of doing drills and repetition before moving on to all the fancy words, it has shaped the way I approach learning an alphabet. I was working an alphabet shortly after finishing the practice plan and I was struggling with one of the key shapes used in making many of the letters.
Instead of getting frustrated I printed out a ton of blank sheets, reordered the letters based on the shapes and repeated each one over and over again until I eventually got it! I really appreciate the emphasis on drills because it makes us realize that there's no shame in repetition and the rewards come surprisingly quickly. – Kristina Tsai
Week 1: Loop patterns You'll start out on different spacing variations and consistency, while alternating between loops and points. Includes: drill shapes + letters
Week 2: Building the compound curve An essential stroke to the proper formation of many letters. You'll work on spacing, consistency and writing flow. You will also cover some of the many letters that include the compound curve. Includes: drill shapes + letters
Week 3: Oval shapes These are fundamental shapes to many alphabets, such as Copperplate, focusing on spacing and shading consistency. Includes: drill shapes + letters + words
Week 4: The difference between squaring and tapering & methods to achieve them: These are important skills for all letters as they vary between fine hairlines and the thicker shading. Includes: drills shapes + letters
Week 5: Flourishing patterns and techniques: You'll use a variety of drills to help achieve smooth, unforced flourishes, as well as applications to an assortment of letters. Includes: drill shapes + letters
We've got answers!
What is the time commitment?
This is a self-paced 5-week course. When you sign up you will receive instant indefinite access to all 5 weeks including unique drills and videos, and guidelines for how best to schedule your practice sessions. You will want to dedicate a couple hours each week to your drills, but how you map out your calendar is up to you!
Is this just for beginner calligraphers?
No! Calligraphy practice is vital at any stage in your calligraphy journey. In fact if you ARE an experienced, professional calligrapher, this plan is a great opportunity to step away from the envelope orders and go back to the basics. We’ve taught many experienced calligraphers who needed guidance on what to practice, and how to calendar dedicated practice into their schedule. It’s useful for everyone to go back to basics every now and then!
I don’t know how to do calligraphy, is this right for me?
The Calligraphy Practice Plan does not teach the art of pointed-pen calligraphy. We do not cover prepping your tools or how to use them. If you have zero experience in the art of pointed-pen, we highly recommend our starter kit + video tutorial found here. You will receive a coupon code to use in the supply section of our calligraphy shop after you enroll, and we have a weeklong gap between the enrollment period and the official start of the course, to allow enough time to gather your supplies and explore the art if you haven’t already.
How can this practice plan help me start a calligraphy business of my own?
Having confidence in your work is one of the cornerstones of starting your own calligraphy business. It is the foundation for pricing yourself correctly. Proficiency in the art will allow you to work quickly and beautifully to best serve your clients, and command the pricing necessary to earn a living as a calligrapher.
Will this Practice Plan help me in my already thriving calligraphy business?
It is always beneficial to get back to basics, and there is always more to learn. You might learn a time-saving strategy during the course, or you may gain the confidence to learn a new script and expand your offerings to your clients. I (Laura) consider myself a thriving calligraphy business owner, and I still practice regularly and take online courses whenever I can.
I changed my mind, can I get a refund?
The Calligraphy Practice Plan course (as with all of our educational products) is non-refundable. Due to the proprietary nature of the information shared, once access is granted, which happens immediately upon purchase, we do not offer refunds. However, you have indefinite access to the course, so you can take it at any time, as many times as you'd like! We appreciate your understanding.
What if the dates don’t match up for my schedule? Can I access this later?
Yes, you will receive lifetime access to the content of this 5-week course.