Beginners Modern Calligraphy Kit

An exceptional beginner's kit, complete with a pen that will accompany you through every stage of your advancement.

Oblique or Straight Oblique

An exceptional beginner's kit, complete with a pen that will accompany you through every stage of your advancement. This carefully curated set is designed to cater to beginners while providing a seamless transition to advanced calligraphy styles.

Gemma has carefully assembled this calligraphy kit, which includes all the essentials for starting your modern calligraphy journey. Drawing from her experience conducting one-to-one workshops, Gemma has created a comprehensive set of work cards suitable for both beginners and those looking to refine their skills.

  • Our signature original penholder in black, a remarkably versatile calligraphy pen. Crafted with a solid yet lightweight aluminium body, it features a unique adjustable flange that accommodates various nibs, allowing you to personalize your writing style. Choose between the straight or oblique option. Here's a review of the pen too

  • Traceable work-cards: This lovely 14-page set transforms your practice sessions. Unlike most kits, you can now trace the letterforms, providing a valuable learning experience until you gain confidence. Created by Gemma, a professional calligrapher and co-founder of Tom's Studio, these work-cards serve as a modern calligraphy masterclass, equipping you with all the essential knowledge to get started.

  • A G Nib: This versatile nib is ideal for beginners, offering ease of use and adaptability.

  • A stunning gold-foiled 25-page A5 practice pad with perforated pages. The pad boasts smooth, blank, bleed-proof paper, allowing you to place guidelines underneath for reference. It provides an excellent surface for honing your skills.

  • A 30ml bottle of Tom's Studio black acrylic ink: This high-quality ink adds a touch of elegance to your calligraphy. Its rich black hue ensures striking results in your writing endeavors.

Introducing you to the art of modern calligraphy, this workbook provides a comprehensive guide. It covers the origins of calligraphy, offers tips for setting up your workspace, and teaches you the proper way to hold your pen. From there, you'll learn basic strokes, both upper and lowercase alphabets, and how to avoid common mistakes. Once you've mastered the basics, the workbook provides examples for you to practice and emulate, allowing you to construct your own phrases and develop a unique style. Written by Gemma Milly, a renowned calligrapher and educator from Tom's Studio, this workbook is elegantly presented in a luxurious white box adorned with a gold foiled logo.

Whether you're looking for a gift or a professional kit to kickstart your calligraphy journey, this is the perfect choice for aspiring calligraphers.

Box size: 230 x 165 x 50mm

Standard Shipping Costs:

UK: £4.95

EU: Our shipping costs vary by country and are calculated at checkout.

USA: from $10.50 (charged in local currency)

Rest of the world:

We Ship Internationally. We take care of VAT and customs duty for EU customers. Your order will be shipped within 48 hours when in stock, please refer to lead times of the product you are buying, as some handmade / hand dipped products may take longer until we send them. Delivery is calculated from dispatch. All UK orders are shipped using Royal Mail Tracked 48. If you need your order by a specific date there is a next-day Special Delivery option.


If your order contains a pre-order item, your whole order will be shipped together in order to minimise our carbon footprint. So please refer to pre-order delivery times in this instance. Alternatively, you can ask us to split the order. In this case additional delivery costs will apply. Please contact for further information.

This is a very common question and one that at Tom's Studio as it can make a big difference to the pen you decide to buy. Fortunately we have lovely designs for both straight calligraphy pens and oblique pen holders so whatever you decide you'll know you have the perfect tool for the job.

A straight calligraphy pen is a more simple design that holds a nib at a straight angle to the paper. This type of 'pen holder' (another name for a calligraphy pen) is well suited for upright scripts, such as Roman, Modern, and Gothic scripts, where the strokes are primarily vertical or horizontal. If you're a leftie with an underwriter grip you will most likely prefer a straight pen for slanted styles of calligraphy (below) as the angle you'll naturally hold the pen is suited to these.

An oblique pen holder, on the other hand, holds the nib at an angle, usually between 15 to 30 degrees, relative to the writing surface. This angle allows for more comfortable and efficient writing of scripts that have slanted strokes, such as Copperplate or Spencerian. In other words, you don't have to strain your wrist to achieve the perfect writing angle. The slant of the nib also helps to create variations in line thickness and is used to produce a more expressive and decorative style when writing on an angle. If you're a left-handed calligrapher who writes overhand, my oblique pen holders also work perfectly as the brass nib holder can be flipped so that it sits on the right hand side of the pen. This allows you to write at the correct angle for slanted-style calligraphy. Win!

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The most versatile calligraphy pen ever made...

My unique design fits nibs as large as a Nikko G, all the way down to smaller nibs like the Brause 66EF, as well as our 3.5mm pencil lead (available here), so you can draft your creations before committing to ink.

with the flourish

Make changing nibs a breeze

You can now park the pliers and say sayonara to screws. Instead all you need to do is place your favourite nib in the holder, twist and you’ll be back to flourishing in a flash!  


The Flourish

A handy how to guide

more from the studio

Which pen is right for me?

Your calligraphy style is unique to you, so why shouldn’t your pen be too? 

As no two calligraphers are the same, I designed The Flourish so that you can easily customise the angle of the nib to suit your calligraphy style (and stop that annoying snag on paper on an upstroke).

I’ve also refined the balance of the pen so that the centre of gravity sits between your forefinger and your thumb joint, making it feel neither top nor bottom heavy.

Inky goodness

That Goes On and On

This calligraphy ink reservoir means you spend less time dipping and more time creating beautiful work!

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