A while back I got this copperplate calligraphy instruction book by Eleanor Winters. After flipping through it, I realized I would need one of those funky-looking oblique pens to achieve the super skinny and big fat lines characteristic of copperplate. I just got the pen, and it’s so strange! Using it is like learning to write all over again. I now have even higher respect for the calligraphy-saavy. I’m plagued by wobbly letters, but I really like dipping the pen in the ink. I pretend I’m signing the Declaration of Independence every time I dip.