Today I will be giving you a step-by-step tutorial on how to learn easy calligraphy, this is for people who have pretty nice hand-writing and simply want to improve it. Actual calligraphy requires pen holders, nibs, ink, and special paper - but today we will just be using your favorite pen & paper. Because I love all things hand-lettering & calligraphy, I do calligraphy for many projects for clients that require it. However, when I want to simply make my normal hand-writing a little nicer, I choose this route. I am so excited so let's get started! If you know someone who would enjoy this tutorial, share the link or pin it!
- Paper (printing paper, sketchbook paper, envelopes, etc.)
- Pencil (optional)
- Eraser (optional)
- A Black Pen - Use your favourite pen that you love writing with! In this tutorial I used a pen under the brand Le Pen but I also love Micron pens, and most fine point Pilot pens.
Practice writing the alphabet in both lowercase and uppercase letters. This is a great way to warm up because you'll be surprised how much you forgot about hand-writing since you first learned it in elementary school. You can choose to lightly write it in pencil first, if you're a perfectionist like me. However, no one is going to see it so that part is optional. This exercise is to remind yourself how letters are formed and also how you add your own style to your writing (it doesn't have to be perfect.) Tip: I try to hand-write the alphabet a few times a week just as practice, the more you write the better your writing will be!
Now that you're a little more comfortable, write "abc" on another part of your paper or on a new sheet. However this time, make sure all your letters are attached as if "abc" is a real word.
This step is the key to how to make your writing look like calligraphy, feel free to write "abc" a few times, but pay close attention to when your pen moves upward and when your pen moves downward. As funny as it sounds there is an actual art form to lettering and the way we write, so write this slowly. Your pen actually tends to make different noises depending on the direction you're writing. In the photo below, I've highlighted the directions where your pen moves up and down, you don't have to do this part - but make sure you're familiar with it!
Now take your pen, or pencil first, and thicken every part of the letter in which your pen went downward. It's almost like you're adding a border to your letters but only on certain sections, the picture will make this description a lot clearer as to what you are supposed to do. You're simply adding a bold accent to the downward stroke of the letters, in real calligraphy this is where you would add more pressure.
Now you can fill in the empty spaces that you just made bold, if it didn't turn out the first time, try again. Also, don't forget that modern calligraphy is all about making your writing your own, so don't try to write it perfectly!
Now that you have the basic idea down, I am going to show you one more word. This is the first word that popped into my head and it also just so happens to be very fun to write. You can pick any word, but its good to challenge yourself with really random words - because how often will you actually write 'grapefruit?'
Now add the bold part on your downward strokes, and fill in the empty spaces.
After you've filled in the bold sections, you're all set! I hope this step-by-step guide was helpful, I would love to hear your thoughts so feel free to leave a comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to collaborate or inquire about a project. I would love to see your hand-writing at work, so post your work on Instagram and tag me @vicbils so I can see it! Enjoy & Share this post as I work on some more tutorials that will be coming out soon!