Italic Calligraphy Class

Top photo shows the array of the extensive packet of handouts we will use during the 6 week course. The journals show the book format we are creating, the butterfly piece is a sample of my italic with simple illumination components and the “Lokah” is a sample of my italic lettering done with brush on the wall of a yoga studio, the length of the text was about 10′ long.

Learning Italic Calligraphy

6 evenings: Tuesdays
Jan 17, 24, 31; Feb 7, 14, 21, 2023
7:00 to 9:00 pm EST
Live online course via Zoom
Classes will be recorded and made available to students

Registration by January 9
Can be later, additional shipping charges would apply

DESCRIPTION: This six-week course will introduce the fundamentals of the italic lettering style: branching, pen angle, letter height, capitals, and pen manipulation–all those elements that make Italic the hallmark style of calligraphy. As a means of opening the door to the vast possibilities of calligraphic design, we will write with a metal nib and progress through three sizes of nibs and letter size. We will also incorporate gold into our designs, explore numerous papers and apply basic design principles. Each class will include a project and culminate in a signature-style book.

Pre-requisite: experience with a broad-edged calligraphy tool (ie: a class in Foundational, Uncial or Blackletter).

For those who have studied with me before, this italic class is an extensive revision on my in-person Italic class. Returning students or calligraphers with experience can use this class as an opportunity to continue developing their control of the nib and letterforms and practicing layout and design.

MATERIALS: I feel very strongly that high quality materials are critical to success when learning calligraphy. Calligraphy is a challenging skill to learn and requires patience, persistence and of course, practice. The last thing a person new to calligraphy needs is inferior equipment that impedes the learning curve. That is why we will all be working with a standard set of quality equipment.


To purchase this class and supplies there are three options. If anything is confusing, please call! 860-550-3002:

Supply packets will not be shipped until January 4th, 2023.

Class includes packet of handouts (60+ items that I have created and will be used throughout the 6 weeks, ie: handouts, book parts, project materials)
Class fee of $120; Packet $30, Shipping $11
Total for Basic Class: $161
Student will acquire necessary supplies, links and resources are available on the Google doc listed above

Includes everything needed for the 6-week class, all supplies, handouts, materials.
Class fee $120, Supplies and packet $78; Shipping $20
Total Cost Class & Supplies: $218

OPTION 3: CLASS & Mixed Supply Packet
If you have some supplies, but need others, copy the order form at the supply link above, identify the items you need, email me a copy and I will invoice you for what supplies you need.


Payment options include Venmo, Paypal, check and Etsy.

PayPal: Send money to   The account will come up as Calligraphy Design Studio. Add a note that clarifies class and what hand your write with.

Credit Card: I can email you an invoice that allows you to pay with a credit card even if you don’t have a PayPal account.

Venmo: Debby-Calligraphy. Last 4 digits of cell: 3002
Add a note that clarifies class and what hand your write with.

Check: Payable to: Debby Reelitz
Mail to: 24 Silkey Road, North Granby CT 06060 
Add a note that clarifies class and what hand your write with.

Etsy registration

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Please contact me before registering to determine shipping logistics, cost, timing, etc.


The class will be recorded and made available to students. Recordings will be available for 6 months.

TIME: Each 2-hour class is a diverse combination of learning about the art of calligraphy, seeing samples, student lettering and creating projects. There will also be a small assignment given after each class. After each class, homework is assigned to practice the skill that was introduced. This return to lettering is a great way to create the muscle memory that is so important to calligraphy.

Each class also builds on the class before and does not repeat the same information.