You could say modern calligraphy is the LBD聽of handwriting 鈥 it鈥檚 classic, fancy and just about anyone can pull it off. Once you get the hang of it, you鈥檒l be able to DIY and customize wedding invites, create Louvre-worthy calligraphy wall art聽and maybe even become a crush-worthy calligrapher. Best of all, you don鈥檛 need to be an artist 鈥 or even good at cursive 鈥 to master this handy creative skill. All it takes to perfect your technique are a calligraphy pen and ink, nimble fingers and experts to show you the right strokes. Ready to get started? Check out five of our favorite online classes below.


1.聽B+C鈥檚 Calligraphy 101 Class ($29): If you鈥檙e a complete newbie with no time to spare, this class will teach you how to become a calligraphy pro in just 40 minutes (yes, you read that right). Calligraphy expert Lauren Essl teaches all the basics of pointed-pen calligraphy, including how to write numbers and upper and lowercase letters. You鈥檒l also learn how聽to make gorgeous hand-lettered stationery and get access to alphabet templates, grids and practice sheets galore. Pro tip: Save time and cash 鈥斅buy the class and the kit bundle for $75.


2.聽Creativebug Beginning Calligraphy ($20): In this four-part course for beginners, modern calligraphy master Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls guides you through tons of exercises to help you learn how to hold your pen and control ink flow. You鈥檒l also learn the basics, including writing the alphabet and seamlessly joining together words and phrases.


3.聽Skillshare Fauxlligraphy ($10+): We admit it 鈥 this class is kind of cheating, but it鈥檒l be our little secret, okay? In this short course, type junkie Andrea Campos teaches you how to fake calligraphy by dressing up your normal handwriting. All you need is a writing tool and some paper to get started. It鈥檚 also a good primer if you ever聽want to segue into learning聽grown-up calligraphy.


4.聽B+C Calligraphy 201 Class ($29): Ready to take your skills to the next level? In this intermediate course, you鈥檒l build on the basics (from Calligraphy 101) and perfect your technique. Our resident calligraphy genius, Lauren Essl, shows you how聽to mix your own gouache, expertly address envelopes (no crooked lines here) and save your artwork to a digital file to print. Pro tip: Save time and cash 鈥 buy the class and kit bundle for $151.


5.聽B+C Brush Calligraphy Class ($29): Leave your pen and nib at home for this one. The uber talented and creative Jessica Marie Clinch teaches you how to make gorgeous calligraphy brush strokes using just a paintbrush and watercolor paints. By the end of this beginner-friendly course, you鈥檒l know how to paint the full alphabet and design a layout with your favorite inspirational quote. Pro tip: Save time and cash 鈥 buy the class and kit bundle for $49.

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