Learning Calligraphy

I decided to try my hand at calligraphy after browsing through Pinterest and coming across a several blogs that had a couple entries about calligraphy. I got myself a Speedball Lettering and Calligraphy Kit from Amazon and jumped right in.

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After writing it a few time on practice grid paper that came with the starter kit here are a few tips I learned:

  • The ink will bleed through and is permanent, so be sure to protect your writing surface.
  • The calligraphy pen nibs are insanely sharp! I was working with thin paper and kept ripping the paper, after I went to get some thicker paper it was much easier and smoother to write with the pen. I suggest going to a craft store or stationary store to get paper in different weights and finishes so that you can experiment.
  • I tried to jump right in and start writing words right away. Sadly they didn’t turn out to be beautiful like the calligraphy I’ve seen on the internet. First become comfortable writing each individual letter in the alphabet, then try to write the alphabet entirely connected. Once you’ve mastered that, try writing short words and gradually work your way up.

I am definitely no master of calligraphy yet and I’m not sure if I ever will be, but I think I can put together some decent DIY party invitations or write some kickass snail mail letters to friends. Below is the start of a letter I’m writing to a friend.

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Anyone need some fancy invitations made?

 

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