I signed up to take a calligraphy class way back in January. Just had the first one yesterday. I’m definitely not a master yet, can’t even make any full words, but hopefully I’ll make some progress over the next few weeks. One of the main things I’ve realized is that calligraphy is not a form of handwriting– it’s much more like drawing. You kind of have to unlearn how you actually write things, and then relearn how to draw each letter. And it’s time consuming. Our instructor, a master calligrapher, told us she can address about 10 envelopes per hour. Which isn’t very fast, but she’s been doing this for 23 years. So it’s a hobby you’ve got to have patience with. Still, I think it’s a gorgeous dying art and worth the effort. I can’t wait till I can write full phrases and create my own embellishments.