Keep Writing Calligraphy Masters Challenges

Keep Writing Calligraphy Masters Challenges

The Recent Challenge – an Alphabet

Our most recent Calligraphy Masters Challenge was to write an alphabet out, A – Z plus the numbers 0 to 9. The idea behind this was to then choose a set of letters from what you all did so we could collate and make a print like the Calligraphy Masters Crew Alphabet Print. This recent challenge ended at the end of October. Unfortunately, there were not as many entries as I had hoped, and personally, I felt there was a distinct lack of dedication especially as it was a straightforward challenge and the rewards were pretty cool, in my opinion.

As there weren’t that many entries, it meant we fell short of the required number of submissions to choose letters from in order to make the print. Congratulations to the 3 people who completed the challenge. As there weren’t enough participants, collating an alphabet is now not possible but I have decided to release individual prints of the alphabets which were completed. As an extra reward, one of these entrants was invited to join the Calligraphy Masters Crew.

Calligraphy Masters Challenges Alphabet Challenge

Calligraphy Masters Challenges Alphabet Challenge by CRETALYST

Recent Posts and the Volunteers

You might have probably realized differences and variations in the approach of the posts for the Calligraphy Masters Challenges. Please note, the Challenges page is run, for the most part by volunteers, allowing me a little more freedom to complete things like the Calligraphy Masters content for Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook as well as working on the NibsThePodcast recordings. Some of you have messaged me to complain that you feel the quality is too variable. Remember the CMChallenge is run by VOLUNTEERS, so before you complain, be grateful the volunteers are helping you to continue to enjoy your craft. If you really have a problem with the look, feel and sense of the posts, then why not do something about it and join the volunteering team so you can have an active hand in how to make the post more enjoyable for you. Equally, in order to make the posts exciting, we need more entries as they comprise much of the content. So if you can’t find the time to volunteer, then contribute by making more entries.

Upcoming Challenge

Due to the shortage of entries in the recent CMChallenge for the Alphabet, I had to rethink the direction and duration of the future challenges. My initial plans were more long-term but after the lack of entries, I feel doing them on a 2week challenge might be a better idea.

November Challenge

Keep Writing #KeepWriting

Keep Writing by FRAKONE

The prompt for these 2 weeks is ‘Keep Writing’.

You need to write ‘Keep Writing’ in as many styles. Go totally crazy about it! It could be a simple, clean ‘Keep Writing’, or it could be also super arty funky patterned or an abstract ‘Keep Writing’.

To enter the challenge:

  • Write the prompt ‘Keep Writing’ I recommended writing in black only
  • Upload with the hashtags #CMCKWC and #keepwriting
  • Tag @calligraphymasterschallenges & @calligraphymasters
  • You can upload up to 14 entries in those 2 weeks (1 per day)
  • If you upload more than 1 entry for the 2 weeks, make sure it’s totally different from your previous entry.
  • Give your best! Don’t enter just for the sake of taking part in the challenge (practice, prepare, experiment, and then upload entries)
  • There will be 10 winners only!
  • First place will receive money 100 euro
  • The top 10 entries will receive Keep Writing Mask
  • The top 10 entries will be used for prints and merch
  • Upload your entries from 09.11.21 until 23.11.21

Depending on the number of entries, I will take 1 to 3 days to decide on the winners. All-Winners will be announced on 27.11.21 in a @calligraphymasterschallenges Story.

What is different

Many of you have taken part in putting pen to paper for ‘Keep Writing’ as part of the Callivember Challenges, this time it is different and is definitely going to be much more special, so you need to help me make it so much more than how we approached this before. Once you produce the artwork, please save it and keep it safe. In the event you win, you will need to vectorize or at the very least scan the original artwork to send to me, this is part of why this is different and special. Please do not upload old entries.

Why we do the Challenges

We set the challenges up for fun, to help to write more, and to encourage those of you who need a little nudge to make a post. All of this really has one aim, and that is to help you to improve. Improving via the challenge is all about self-critique. The challenges are not there for us to give you feedback on what you post. This is not that type of challenge. PAScribe has a challenge like where people get detailed feedback, and it is brutally honest but requires you to post a long block of text and talk about it yourself outlining the issues you thought you faced. Here you are only posting an image. Do not equate what others do to what this is. Feedback is not something we offer on our challenges, so please stop asking for this and then sending angry messages when you do not get the feedback you are demanding. THIS IS NOT THAT KIND OF CHALLENGE! If you persist in your aggression, CM will have to block your account. If in doubt, go back and reread the basic rules which can be found here



The final decisions

Calligraphy Masters is my baby, as it is the Calligraphy Masters Challenges. That means I have to do the work to come up with the ideas, then once they are up, I have to look at all the entries and make decisions on who the winners are. Consequently, my decision is mine and it is usually based on my personal choices. If you do not agree with my decision, then I would suggest you do not take part in the challenges.

PAScribe Rhodia Pad GIVEAWAY

Calligraphy Masters is running a giveaway. PAScribe asked Rhodia to give us 15 pairs of his Black Pad and his Grey Pad as a set for the giveaway. This means more people have a higher chance of winning a pair of these excellent pads. The Giveaway can be found at …… and finishes on 14.11.2021 Winners will be announced via an IG Story @calligraphymasters and have 48hrs to claim their prize. Good luck!


Thank You

I hope this clears up any confusion in going forward on the challenges. With that said I hope you are ready to blow my mind and make some amazing entries to shock and inspire the world! #KeepWriting







The Story Behind Calligraphy Masters Crew Alphabet Embossed by NoKiss Print

The Story Behind Calligraphy Masters Crew Alphabet Embossed by NoKiss Print

The ‘Calligraphy Masters Crew Alphabet’ was created in 2018. The idea was to have 27 characters, 26 uppercase letters and one ampersand, written by 27 members of the Calligraphy Masters Crew. The concept was hatched and managed by Daniele Tozzi, incidentally, he was also the one to deal with much of the hassle of collating, vectorising and screen printing.

We agreed on using Studio 56fili in Rome for the production as they specialise in handmade screen printing. Once Daniele posted about the concept in the Calligraphy Masters Crew Group, the 27 characters were immediately snatched up but enthusiastic members wished to add a character of their choice. Once all the characters were in, Daniele cracked on with his magic.

Many of us met, some for the first time, at Scriptorium Berlin in 2018. I took a lot of footage of that meeting and really should upload it so you can share these wonderful memories with the team and me. I don’t remember how long the whole process took, from the initial mention of the idea to the meeting in Berlin, all the way through the collection and collation of the letters, to the final print process, I think maybe 6months, but I might be off by a few months, I am sure Daniele knows, but I am too lazy to ask him 😀

There are so many amazing things I can tell you about that time, the emails, the collaborations, talking to members, receiving the artworks, thanking members, so much more, just writing about it now and reminiscing all brings back so many memories and emotions. The main idea, the whole concept, was and still is something super important, unique and inspiring to us as a crew.

It has been 3 years since the release of the original ‘Calligraphy Masters Crew Alphabet’. I loved the idea and the process, but it fell to the back of my mind due to a lot going on in my life both professionally and personally. Last year, 2019, NoKiss Print contacted me wanting to recreate the ‘Calligraphy Masters Crew Alphabet’ but with a difference. They wanted to use a black and a colour AND they wanted to deboss it in Letterpress.

I was ecstatic, absolutely LOVED the idea and they immediately ran with it. I was shocked at the swiftness of the turnaround time and was so grateful to them for their attentiveness. I received the prints much faster than I anticipated and after much toing and froing, more froing on my side and nearly zero toing on their side, I was in a happy place, physically and mentally, and ready to release them.

These are limited edition prints. 100 were printed, I gave 25 away as gifts to close friends as a thank you for their help for a number of things, too many to mention here. I also wanted to do a GIVEAWAY of 3 prints for the Calligraphy Masters Followers!

There is MORE –

There are 30 prints left of the original poster released in 2018!

There is a 20% OFF discount for the first 20 people who order the NEW Letterpressed Print in two colours, using the CMNK20 promo code

I also created 10 limited packs with both the original print AND the new limited edition letterpressed print at a special combined price.

Part of the money from the sales will be invested in the next run, which will be all-new letter variations by a mixture of some of the original poster crew and new crew members. I am so HYPED about this new release because it adds another level of interest to the ‘Calligraphy Masters Crew Alphabet’ series. The other part of the sales will be funnelled into some very exciting Calligraphy Masters products which I will tell you about soon! I am so excited!

5% of each order will be donated to a Charity related to Calligraphy! I spoke with Paul Antonio about this, and he told me there isn’t really one specific charity however many guilds and societies have grants and funds to give full or partial scholarships to those who cannot afford to attend classes, lectures and workshops or purchase tools and materials. Next week, Paul and I will discuss this in a little more detail as soon as I have more information, I will share it with you. Suffice to say, that 5% will be set aside to help those in the calligraphy and lettering community pursue their goals.

If you are not part of the crew but would like your lettering to be considered for one of the upcoming prints, you can do so by taking part in the current challenge hosted on the Calligraphy Masters Challenges 

You can find all the relevant information on how to participate here …….

I cannot tell you how excited I am to finally launch these Limited Edition Letterpressed Prints! They are all hand-numbered, certified, and come in their own exclusive packages with some other goodies included, so you can have a lot more fun with them.

Here is the list of all Calligraphy Masters Crew members who took part in the creation of the print:

A by @tncaligrafia
B by @sachinspiration
C by @suzcunningham
D by @slo.leecalli
E by @theosone
F by @fralligraphy
G by @wlk_calli
H by @lettrbettr
I by @erick_delarosa
J by @copenhagensigns
K by @misterkams
L by @tolgagirgin99
M by @mikepeers
N by @igorsturion
O by @claudiogil_lagrafia
P by @_daniele_tozzi_
Q by Julian Waters
R by @nickvisioli
S by @oliveleafcalli
T by @paindesignart
U by @lalit.mourya207
V by @kikovalente
W by @frak_one
X by @milen1st
Y by @saidokins
& by @letterjack
Z by @pascribe

Contact us at Calligraphy Masters

We would love your feedback about what you have seen so far or if indeed you have a print for yourself!

Please feel free to share with your friends who might want to have one, order one yourself, or send it to a friend as a gift, and remember to #KeepWriting (accurately!)

Calligraphy Masters Challenges

Calligraphy Masters Challenges

Calligraphy Masters Challenges 

For the last few years, we’ve been running Callivember (which was inspired by Inktober and adapted for Calligraphy and Lettering lovers), but since many people copied the concept and there became 1 million challenges similar to those, we decided to change the name and the concept of it. There is no more Callivember (30 days challenge in November) from now on there are Calligraphy Masters Challenges that will be ongoing during the whole year having a weekly prompt or topic on which every Calligraphy, Lettering, or Sign Painting artists can attend.



When does it start?

Calligraphy Masters Challenges starts officially on the 10th of June 2021 and you will have a week between each new challenge. However, for the first one, you have only 2 days (counting from today) and on the 10th you have to submit your first entry, 2nd on 17th, 3rd on 24th, etc.

How can you enter the challenge?

Follow the prompt list posted on Calligraphy Masters Challenges and create a piece in Calligraphy, Lettering, or Sign Painting according to the topic for the specific week. Take a picture or record a video of it and upload it on your personal or artist’s Instagram profile (has to be public, private accounts can’t enter) tag @calligraphymasterschallenges and use #calligraphymasterschallenges21 + the specific hashtag for the week – example for the 1st week: #cmcrespecttheartists. We prefer handwritten and hand-drawn pieces, but from now on digital work is also allowed. However it digital work will be reviewed and presented in its own category with other digital works. By digital work, we mean Calligraphy, Lettering, and Sign Painting is done on Procreate or similar apps and still, no Graffiti and Typography are allowed.

Why do you have to take part in the challenge?

There is no reason for you to take part in the challenge other than to have fun, practice, experiment, and in the best case learn and grow your skills. Challenges in the past have revealed amazing artists and some of them end up in the Calligraphy Masters Crew. The challenges are a great way for you to push yourself and your skills, find other points of view and ideas for your Calligraphy and Lettering.

It’s a great way to connect with other people in the community and to have fun together. By attending constantly to the challenge you can gain exposure, new friends, and new audiences.

The best entries as always will be featured on Calligraphy Masters Challenges, Calligraphy Masters and reviewed on the Youtube channel as well.

Benefits and rewards for taking part?

As already mentioned the goal of the challenge is not to win something, but for you to have fun and grow as an artist. However, those of you who are most consistent, daring, and growing naturally will gain benefits like being featured on the main profiles of Calligraphy Masters, attend podcast episodes, react to challenge entries, and win different supplies and rewards for taking part or even being offered to join Calligraphy Masters Crew.

By taking part in Calligraphy Masters Challenges you will gain NIBS (points) and the more NIBS you gain the bigger your chance is to get a reward.

For each picture you upload on a topic you gain 3 NIBS (this doesn’t mean 10 pictures on 1 topic will bring you 30 NIBS) For each video you upload as entry, you will gain 6 NIBS. For each comment on CM Challenges, you will gain 1 NIB, for each share in a story and tagging CM Challenges you will gain 2 NIBS.

You will be allowed to have 2 entries per topic (different styles or ideas). Each time you are featured on CM Challenges you will gain 5 NIBS, each time you are featured on CM you will gain 9 NIBS and each time you reach a video on CM Youtube Channel you will gain 14 NIBS.

It’s good for you to keep your own track of your NIBS because it will take some time before a system is made for properly keeping track of the NIBS of each person participating in the challenges. Every month or two the people with the most NIBS will get special rewards. (not gonna reveal anything, because those are just bonuses and the main purpose of the challenges is FUN and GROWTH of your skills!)

Prompt list and topics:

Calligraphy Masters Challenges

Calligraphy Masters Challenges

10.06.21 RESPECT THE ARTISTS – Write “Respect the artists” in a script or style of your choice or make an artwork that expresses the idea. This challenge is inspired by James Lewis’s “#OURTIMEHASVALUE” but it’s taken a bit further.

With your entry, you need to express how important is for non-artists and for other artists to respect others’ art. ( We don’t work for free, We don’t beg other artists for likes, follows, or to check our work, We don’t copy and steal other ideas)

17.06.21 NIBS THE PODCAST * – Simply write NIBS, NIBS PODCAST or NIBS THE PODCAST. The best one will become the logo of our latest PODCAST – NIBS THE PODCAST (with hosts Milen1st and Paul Antonio). You can create a logotype, icon, or a mix of both. *THIS CHALLENGE BRINGS YOU 3 EXTRA NIBS on top of all other mentioned. AND 36NIBS FOR THE TOP 3 ENTRIES.

Submit your entries From 00:00 on 10.06.21 to 23:59 on 17.06.21* TOPIC HASHTAG: #CMCNIBSPODCST

24.06.21 CALLIGRAPHY IS NOT LETTERING – Write it or express it the way you see and understand it.

Submit your entries From 00:00 on 18.06.21 to 23:59 on 24.06.21* TOPIC HASHTAG: #CALLIISNOTLETTI

01.07.21 ALPHABET A-Z – Write a whole alphabet starting from A to Z with a script of your choice. Since you are allowed to have 2 entries per topic, you can make 1 alphabet with Capitals and 1 with lowercases, you can do 2 alphabets in differents scripts or you can make each letter in different scripts. It’s up to you! It’s important to be beautiful and creative.

Submit your entries From 00:00 on 25.06.21 to 23:59 on 01.07.21* TOPIC HASHTAG: #CMCALPHA

08.07.21 REMAKE YOUR OLDEST – Find the oldest picture or video of your Calligraphy, Lettering, or Sign Painting piece and remake it with the skills you have today. ( for the post on this topic you have to upload both the old work and the remake as 1 post)

Submit your entries From 00:00 on 02.07.21 to 23:59 on 08.07.21* TOPIC HASHTAG: #CMCOLDVSNEW

15.07.21 HUSTLE, HUMBLE & HAPPY – You can write 1 of the words, you can write 2 or them all. You can express the words with a sentence or a quote.

Submit your entries From 00:00 on 09.07.21 to 23:59 on 15.07.21* TOPIC HASHTAG: #CMCHHH

22.07.21 FACE CALIGRAM* – Create a FACE Calligram of yourself, a friend, loved one, or any other person in the world. You can find a video below with the basics of how to create a Calligram as well as some examples of face calligrams. 1 or 2 two weeks before the challenge there will be a dedicated tutorial for it and add in this article. *THIS CHALLENGE BRINGS YOU 3 EXTRA NIBS on top of all other mentioned. AND 18NIBS FOR THE TOP 3 ENTRIES.

Submit your entries From 00:00 on 16.07.21 to 23:59 on 22.07.21* TOPIC HASHTAG: #CMCCALLIFACE

Here are two videos to help you learn the basics of Calligrams in some shapes, soon a specific video will be made and added to this article about how to make Face Calligram.*


Things to keep in mind

Please do not DM Calligraphy Masters Challenges with questions or request to share or feature your work. It is up to our team what we like and share, we don’t have to share any of the works! We share what we like and what we believe is worth sharing. Your focus as always should be on your own work, improving it, and having FUN with the challenges.


From now if people use the challenges hashtags, tag, or mention CMChallenges profile in work that’s not related to the challenges, the person will be kindly warned 1 time (if following us) and by doing so a second time his or her profile will be blocked. If the person doesn’t even follow CM Challenges and just tags, mentions, or uses any of the challenges hashtags he or she is gonna be directly blocked without a warning. ( a lot of people abuse this way and more than 100 are blocked just in 2 days)

This comes because if the rules as explained above and in the RULES Highlight are not followed or abused, it becomes very hard for the team of volunteers running the account to find all entries, organize, like, comment, save and share becomes a very hard task. No one is being paid for doing all this work, that believe me is a lot, and they don’t deserve to be disrespected by people hungry for fame and attention.

From now on entries for certain topics are receiving NIBS (points) only if they are submitted in the required period. You can submit earlier or later, and sometimes you still might end up featured, but without gaining NIBS.

This is still a new format of a challenge for us all, so there are rules that might be changed/deleted, or added on the go. If you have any suggestions or ideas on how the challenge, the process, and the rules could be changed to benefit everyone and make it an even more exciting and cool challenge, feel free to DM us at Calligraphy Masters Challenges.

Please Keep a track of your own NIBS and how much they are, once the current topics are over we’ll take a break of 1 or 2 weeks to count all people’s NIBS and if we make a mistake you will be able to correct us.


Keep Writing #KeepWriting

Keep Writing #KeepWriting


How To Get Featured On Calligraphy Masters??

How To Get Featured On Calligraphy Masters??

Calligraphy Masters Instagram

Calligraphy Masters Instagram

One of the most frequently asked questions I receive on a daily basis is, ‘How do I get featured on Calligraphy Masters?’ There are no tricks to this it is a straightforward path. Below are something you need to know, understand and apply if you are serious about being featured. This is broken up into sections so you can find them easily, reread them and think them through at your leisure.

A little background – CM was built as a source of inspiration, knowledge, and calligraphic entertainment. The aim was to get posts in front of you which would surprise and motivate you to want to carefully practice your craft, to get better, and to be proud of the work you do. What CM was not developed for was to help you gain followers with little or no accuracy or for that matter, responsibility to the craft.

CM Feed

Featured on Calligraphy Masters


Ask yourself ‘what is the reason you want to be featured on CM?’ Be honest with yourself. If your reason is to gain followers, this immediately puts you at odds with my intention. I know seeing others being featured seems to boost their following on many social media channels, but you need to consider how this might have happened, also consider what you might not be seen in the background of this post. Over the past seven years, I have had many inquiries from followers who wanted to be featured, most being new accounts, beginners, and long-term practitioners but the issue is the quality of the work is not sufficient enough to warrant a post on the CM feed. What you MUST remember is simply because someone is featured does not mean that post will generate traction and therein lies the headache, there really is no guarantee a windfall of likes will follow, nor might there be a boost in followers but more importantly, a poorly performing post will negatively impact on CM and its engagement.

Invariably, when a post does well, it is because of the skill of the artisan executing the work which drives the likes and this may result in a boon of followers but it is about the craftsmanship employed in the post. It is not magic. It is these skilled practitioners I do not hear from, asking me to feature them, because they are not thinking about the fame, the likes, and the followers, they are doing it for the craft, for their love of the craft. Asking for your work to be shared, to be liked, or to follow you is usually done for all the wrong reasons, for the hype and fame and not for the art. These signs are easy to spot and instantly make what you are asking distasteful.

Please understand, I am not saying this to be hurtful, but I feel I need to be both blunt and honest. How conscious are you of the accuracy of your work, of the skill level you are at? If you are producing work for the love of it because you want to learn, to get better, to share the craft, and to help others, the followers will come, it may take some time but it will happen, you just have to be patient. Equally, there are many highly skilled craftsmen who deserve a bigger audience and they don’t seek to be featured, why not suggest them, instead of pushing yourself forward? I do not know everyone, and I cannot be aware of all the work out there, but I would LOVE to help those talented artists. Think about how their work would influence and benefit others.

A great way to build your connection with CM and help me to get to know you and also to really concentrate on improving your work is to get involved with our challenges at Calligraphy Masters Challenges.

Calligraphy Masters Challenges

Calligraphy Masters Challenges


So, how do you actually get featured?

The easiest way to get featured is by simply using the CM hashtags – #CalligraphyMasters #KeepWriting There is also a specially dedicated hashtag to those of you trying to get featured #CalligraphyMastersShowroom

Tag @calligraphymasters in your posts and your stories, be consistent, be patient. I say, ‘be patient’ but there have been times people have rigorously followed the above, they post daily and tag CM daily, and I must confess that it has frustrated me seeing their posts daily, but then I think ‘I told them to be patient, so I need to be patient too’ and over time I watch the consistent posting and I can see them gradually improving. This for me is one of the great joys, to see you getting better, this then allows me to feature your work, not because of your patience in waiting but your patience in improving.

Turn ON posts and story notifications for CM. Engage with the page, share the work on your feed or in your stories, comment on the posts. Commenting on posts will always get my attention, especially if your comments provide information on the post and help others. You will find that it will also gain your followers as you will be engaging with the community.

Your SKILL LEVEL is the key to getting featured. Look at your work, I meant REALLY LOOK AT IT. What is lacking in the work? Why is it not better? Are you aware of how to get better? How to improve the work? What is your level of accuracy like? Is the work consistent? This is up to you, it is your responsibility to produce work to be proud of, beautiful accurate work. The only way to do this is with care and patience.

And of course, it is a huge plus if you create content exclusively for being featured! Original content, rather than a repost from another site, or from another artist, will always grab my attention. I have some additional information on creating original content which I will be sharing soon.

ON the matter of hashtags, think about what you are doing. Personally, I will never feature someone who has a huge list of hashtags tagging over 10 influencer pages. This shows they are seeking ONLY to get featured, and it doesn’t matter by whom, it is not about the craft, it is about the fame. If you choose to tag CM because that is where you want to be featured, then only tag CM. It is this kind of loyalty I will repay.


DO NOT email your work stating ‘please share my video’ or ‘please feature me’, it will only anger me and ensure your work will not be featured.

DO NOT email your work without much as a ‘Hi my name is…, how are you today?’ This only shows you are taking me, as a person, for granted.

DO NOT email your work without a reasonable email stating your name, who you are, what the attached project is, and what tools and materials you have used.

DO NOT ask in ANY of the comment section on ANY CM feeds on being featured.

Under no circumstance should you contact my personal IG, Milen1st, to ask me to look at your work, to like it, give feedback, feature it, or share it. Milen1st is my personal account, as an artist, it is my personal expression page, only a person who has no respect for me will do this. Be aware this not only applies to my personal feed but to other members of the CM Crew. Contacting team members on their social channels and leaving messages on their feed asking to be featured on CM is not proper etiquette, it shows a real lack of respect. This behavior will ensure you are never featured on CM.


Yeah! You are finally upon CM, congratulations, but it doesn’t stop there! Once your post is featured it now becomes your responsibility to check on the post, comment, to at least say thank you, and most importantly, ANSWER any questions which arise from the post. It is important to interact with the followers and help clear up any confusion so they might be able to attempt what is shown in your post. This is key to your post as it will generate followers for you. Traffic to and on the post shows the algorithm why it needs to ensure your post gets air time.


This information is for being featured on the CM Instagram and the CM Facebook channels. It may lead to you being featured on YouTube as well, but there are different rules for that which I will publish shortly.

As CM grows, I will need to adapt, alter and add to the rules on how to get featured so please check back, intermittently, on this article.

I hope this article helps further your understanding of how to proceed with getting featured here on CM. Please feel free to share this with your friends and colleagues.

If you have any questions or suggestions, don’t hesitate to leave a message in the comments below.

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