Melissa Esplin

Easy, Step-by-step Guidance to Learn Penmanship and Hand Lettering and Improve Your Skills

Renowned calligraphy and lettering expert Melissa Esplin has joined forces with Close To My Heart to provide two easy-to-follow how-to books. Melissa’s friendly approach will guide you in developing your style and building your confidence. After using these guides, you’ll take pride in adding your own touches of handwritten elegance and style to a variety of projects.


How-to Guides

Penmanship with Melissa Esplin

Improve and develop your personal handwriting style for everyday writing, journaling, and more. Includes detailed instructions, exercise worksheets, and practice pages with a focus on letter forms, stroke sequences, and other techniques.

Brush Lettering with Melissa Esplin

Learn how to add artistic, hand-lettered elements to your projects using the art of decorative brush lettering. Includes step-by-step instruction in developing your own style as well as exercises and practice pages to aid the learning process.

Be sure to also get an Everyday Life™ 8½″ × 11″ Album to hold your guides. (Available in Charcoal or Ballerina.)


More from Melissa

Get these additional items to support your penmanship and brush lettering practice!

Brush Pen Set

Multicolor Small Brush Pen Set

10 pens with a flexible brush tip to make fine, medium, and bold strokes.

Tracing Paper

Tracing Paper

30 sheets; 8½″ × 11″.

Penmanship Bundle

Melissa Esplin Penmanship Bundle

Use this bundle to develop your personal penmanship and embrace your own unique handwriting.


Stamps by Melissa Esplin

Get a hand-lettered look the easy way with these My Acrylix® stamp sets, designed by Melissa Esplin.

Months by Melissa Esplin

Months by Melissa Esplin

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Sentiments by Melissa Esplin

Sentiments by Melissa Esplin

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Today by Melissa Esplin

Today by Melissa Esplin

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Joy by Melissa Esplin

Joy by Melissa Esplin

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