• Jasmine

Calligraphy: How To Intro

This is going to be a multi- part series, so be on the watch out for future posts about calligraphy!

More to come (subject to change):

Part 2: Fonts

Part 3: Dip pen

Part 4: Brush/ fountain pen

Part 5: Digital Calligraphy

Part 6: Flourishes

What is calligraphy?


Honestly in my opinion, I think that it is writing words in a font. Typically this is in cursive, but it doesn't have to be. You can write calligraphy with endless types of tools, supplies, colors and fonts. Just be creative and have fun with it!


I first 'discovered' calligraphy about 4 years ago. I was a freshman and saw a guy who had this beautiful writing on his folder. I remember looking at it and thinking - how in the world did he do that?


I remember going home and watching a video on YouTube. I was blown away at how easy it was. Ever since I have been doodling and writing calligraphy in all over the pages of my notebooks while in class. Whoops, but it's just so satisfying. Here is how you can become a human printer:

This is a very basic intro that COSTS ZERO DOLLARS. You should have these materials laying around your house!


What you will need:

- pencil

- pen

- marker (I recommend Crayola fat tip)

- paper


Fundamental Basic & Only Rule: Have thick and thin brushstrokes


So basically when you are writing in a down motion, that part of the letter is thicker and everything else is thin.



So what I just did is that I wrote 'hello' like normal with a marker. The parts where you see the black arrows is where I rewrote that part of the letter, with a bit more pressure. Pressing harder makes a thinker line. This is how we create the effect of a typewriter with thick and thin stokes.


You might be thinking that it is unnecessary to rewrite parts of a letter a second time. Yes, you are right, but this is just to get a feeling of thick and thin strokes.


Once you have this concept engraved in you head you could definitely just write a word straight through.


You can also create this effect with pencils and pens (or anything that doesn't have a felt or brush tip). Just write the word normally, or in cursive! Then connect a curve on where you would have a down stroke. And last just fill it in.


Pen:

Pencil:


Now try following the same concept with cursive :)


The majority of calligraphy (that I write in) is written in cursive. If you don't know how to, I would highly recommend finding some tutorials online. Ya girl is also self taught, so I believe that you can learn! In elementary school we did receive a cursive tutorial book, but we never worked on it. It's a shame that most schools don't teach this anymore :(



Watch how I smoothly make a smooth transition from thick to a smooth brush stroke.


If you do pick up your marker midway in a word, it's not the end of the world, but it may be noticeable of where your brush left off the paper.


Also don't worry if you get frustrated. This is a challenge. It took me awhile to get the hang of this. It's like you are retraining yourself on how to write your ABC's again hahaha.


And that's it! In the end, have fun with this and enjoy the process! Practice and try experimenting with other supplies! Happy calligraphy :)

*This was done with chalk