There are a number of books and guides on Modern Calligraphy, but this is the book that I would personally recommend. Not necessarily because I consider it to be the most comprehensive book, but because it does still cover a lot of questions you might have while being chock full of resources!
So this book does actually have a page of calligraphy drills. I think it’s easy to try each stroke a few times and move on to the letters, but I encourage you to come back to do a full page of each drill. It actually really helps with learning how to control your dip pen and ink!
I think the reason why this book is better than some of the others I’ve seen is it gives you tons of variation examples for each alphabet. This book literally dedicates half a page for each letter of the alphabet! Usually you only get a couple variations (if at all) so you sort of get stuck on that variation. What this book does is it allows you to explore creative ways of writing each letter and ways of connecting them. Which means you get to develop your own personal style! The rest of the book has d.i.y. projects you can do with calligraphy that can serve as inspiration.
As for paper, a lot of people doing calligraphy like to use the Rhodia paper because it doesn’t bleed through. I like to use the lined version to practice my drills. Here I’ve done a full page of the same drills and marked up the parts are out of shape.
Your Turn ♥ What kind of calligraphy style are you interested in learning?