#SpeedballTextBookChallenge winners and Best entries.

#SpeedballTextBookChallenge winners and Best entries.

  • What is #SpeedballTextBookChallenge?
  • What are the criteria which the winners are chosen?
  • What are the rewards?
  • Best entries in the challenge.
  • The Winners.

Whats the #SpeedballTextBookChallenge?

At the end of last year, my friend Max Juric from Lettering Daily contacted me to see if I was interested in a collaboration with him and Speedball for the launch of the 25th Edition of the Speedball Text Book. The aim was to create a challenge and giveaway with 3 rewards to the best entries. It was a no-brainer I immediately agreed. First, because I enjoy developing collaborations in our communities and second, I like to  take every opportunity to giveaway some products to our audience.

On the 14th of February 2021, we launched the giveaway participants had to “Create original artwork for the prompt “The Art of Letters” and share it on social media.  The aim was to have anyone, at any skill level use any kind of lettering technique or style be it calligraphy, lettering, sign painting, etc. – we hoped for as wide a range a range of submissions and as diverse as the instruction found in The Textbook!”. We opted to target it as an upload on Instagram and using  #speedballtextbookchallenge.

Then something crazy happened! I have a challenge account – “Callivember” and I’ve done other collab challenges with Lettering Daily before, usually there are always some artists that stand out and make cool entries, the rest is mostly amateur work. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing bad about that! In fact, I encourage as many beginners as possible, not to be afraid to enter these challenges nor to be stressed about their skill level. There are normally so many entries for the challenges but choosing winners tends to be easy as there are always those who really pour their energy into creating the pieces they post. This time, however, it seemed like everyone chose to buckle down and plan their pieces and not just post the first thing they did. You can see the amount of time and planning which went into each piece.

Max and I sat down to look through all the submissions and were stunned at the depth, variety, and sheer beauty of the pieces, this has made choosing the winners extremely difficult, by hugely enjoyably on our part.

What are the criteria on which the winners were chosen?

In every challenge, the criteria for choosing winners should be the best and most skilled entries are awarded the prizes, but since there were a lot of skilled and popular artists who entered as well, Max suggested picking the winners based on the effort they put in because as there are lots of not so highly skilled artist. We opted to look at effort, considering not only what was presented to us but, also, by the amount of accessible tools that entrant might have access to, this being considerably less than what more established artists would have.

It is a bit complicated to explain exactly how the decision-making process worked based on participant effort, but hopefully, when you see the entries we picked as the winners, you will understand.

What are the rewards?

  • 25th Edition of The Speedball Textbook, signed by each of the three co-editors
  • Speedball Calligraphy Collector’s Set
  • Arnhem Paper Pad (8.5”x11”)
  • $110 Value
  • 25th Edition of The Speedball Textbook
  • Speedball Calligraphy Storage Set”
  • Arnhem Paper Pad (8.5”x11”)
  • $75 Value
  • 25th Edition of The Speedball Textbook
  • Arnhem Paper Pad (8.5”x11”)
  • $50 Value

Best entries in the challenge.

Here are my top 50 favourite entries.

I’ve arranged the entries in descending order, you will find my favorite at the bottom of the page. If your entry is amongst the first few rows, please don’t feel disappointed, this is still in the top 50 submissions out of more than 500 entries over, only, five days. Also, please remember, the choices are based on my personal preferences and what resonated with me.

You’ve all done a great job!

The Winners:

The challenge is now over, rewards are being sent to their new owners!

However, if you want to continue trying you hand at the challenge, we would be more than happy for you to do so.

There is a MASSIVE BONUS for you doing this!

If this post reaches 500 shares, Max and I will make a video to review of all the entries, both from the 5 day challenge and the subsequent entries. This video will give you a more in-depth insight in the our decision-making process and why we chose the entries we settled on.

If, however, this post gets 1000 shares we will make a new challenge with even more prizes and bigger rewards!


Why was the web site gone for such a long time?

Why was the web site gone for such a long time?


Calligraphy Masters Web Site is back!

  • What is the purpose of the web site?
  • What happened and why was the web site gone for such a long time?
  • Changes around Calligraphy Masters
  • How can you help?

Calligraphy Master Website is back up!  

Here is what is happening but more importantly how you can be a part of it.   

Milen1st, Theosone, Tolga Girgin, Frakone, Pokras Lampas and Zepha at The Design of Words in Milan, Italy at Aqua su Marte back in 2016.

What is the idea behind the website? 

There is so much to tell you about what has been going on but let’s start with the fact that the website is back up and running. I started Calligraphy Masters back in  2014 because I was looking for information I couldn’t find and thought it would be great to have homemaking that material accessible so others could find content without having to go hunting.  
It was a long road working out how to build the website to make it helpful, useful, and most importantly interesting. Coming to the realization that I wanted  something which would be a portal for News, Tutorials, and Interviews from the Lettering, Calligraphy, and SignWriting world was the idea behind the structure of the website. The basics aim has always been the same but now with a larger platform for handmade letters where you can find not only news from the industry but also explore podcasts, videos, merchandise, challenges, giveaways, new artists, find workshops locally and internationally, hire artists for specific projects & events and  find free resources on your calligraphy and lettering journey. This is by no means easy or simple, but I’m not in a hurry and am always open to new ideas and  suggestions as to how I can improve and grow the site and the CM brand. 
Milen1st writing this article

Why was the site down for so long? 

I was so busy building the content for the site, putting it up, finding more content and interactions with artists that I completely forgot to back up all the work. I had assumed that as it was online it would always be there. Unfortunately I was wrong and learned a very difficult lesson the hard way. There was a technical glitch with  my ISP and I lost everything. As you can imagine this came as a shock to me learning all of it was lost and that I need to rebuild everything from scratch. This affected me personally and I had to take a step back to re-evaluate the situation and how to approach it differently.   
It was at this point when I was talking with Paul Antonio, who is not only one of the team members, but also one of the members I am closest to, told me something which surprised me. Paul and I speak nearly weekly via video call, he pointed out to me that I cannot do this all on my own, that he himself realised he could not do it on his own with his Facebook Groups and asked for group members to help. They jumped to keep things running smoothly so he didn’t have to do all the work, just make the content they all use so frequently. It is from this he suggested that I reach out the the membership and ask them for assistance. Paul said ‘you have helped and continue to help so many people on their calligraphic and lettering journeys that people will jump to help you, not to mention, they will get to work with some amazing content creators and in some instances, people who inspire them in their own work!’   
So here we are, and here I am, asking if any of you would like to help with some of the support needed to run Calligraphy Masters. I have identified 7 key areas where help would be greatly appreciated  
  •  The running of CM on Facebook and Instagram managing posts, replying to comments, directing questions to the relevant person, pointing out tools and materials,  that kind of thing 
  • Video Editing for the YouTube Channel 
  • Audio Editing for the Podcasts 
  • Website – technical web assistance, coding, etc,.  
  • Content Managing – innovative ideas on pictures, videos and articles   
  • Content Creation – writing articles, locating events, workshops and news 
  • Admin assistance – Marketing, Strategy, PR, Logistics
If you, or a friend you know, might be willing to assist and you fit into any of the above-listed categories and you are happy to lend some time please email me at [email protected] and I will send you more detailed information on the process, set up and running of the Helpers Group.   

Changes with Calligraphy Masters

I have also been looking at some directional changes to the way I feel Calligraphy Masters should operate. It’s been 6 years now. Calligraphy, Lettering and  Sign Writing have all changed in that time, but so too have I. The vision I set out with 6 years ago is something I also needed to reevaluate and with accepting that I  need assistance also came the space to think about what I want for CM.   
My aim is to leave a lasting legacy, a mark on the world of calligraphy with a portal which will truly make a difference in how people interested in calligraphy, letteringand sign writing connect with each other. To do this, I realised I needed adjust my approach to CM and what it stands for. With the ever changing algorithms in social media, I feel it is time to to build better, long term relationships with you, the audience, but to focus more on those of you who are keen to really learn, those who  want a deeper understating of how to improve your skills in the lettering arena.  
Calligraphy Masters cannot simply keep reposting content, we have to start generating our own original content by working with artists in different ways. This will  start with what will be posted on Instagram and how that content will be divided between the CMTeam and its followers, and how you can get involved in a more connected way. I am currently working on this strategy and will share it with you in the coming weeks.   
The Calligraphy Masters Team will also undergo some juggling around and restructuring of the team into different groups. Here are some of the groups I am thinking about  
1)Current team members – people I work with on projects, products and events 
2)A new core who will assist with generating original content for the various social channels 
3)A satellite group who will help with managing the different accounts 
4)An editing team for articles, video and audio   
I know it is a lot to take in but I have been quiet about this for a little while as I was coming up with a plan of action but also internalizing it myself so that I can move  forward with something I am happy to see Calligraphy Masters grow into.   If you have any comments, suggestions or are willing to help in any way please contact  me on [email protected] I look forward to helping you on your journey and connecting with you.   
All the best  Milen  


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