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MODERN CALLIGRAPHY

INTRO

Get started in modern calligraphy Whether you’re aiming to start with a nib or a brush pen, there are some guidelines that apply to both styles Stroke order

P ractice

Calligraphy can be very different to normal handwriting. The techniques required for beautiful lettering take some getting used to, until you don’t even think about it anymore. Even just 10 minutes a day of drills and word formations will help you improve as well as provide a relaxing, mindful activity. Keep a pad and pen to hand for when you have time to spare.

Some beginner alphabets will use numbered arrows to show which way to write your strokes, which is really helpful. The general rule of thumb is to start from the left or top of a letter to create the base shape, with the crosses or tails added last, such as the cross of a capital A and the tail of a Q. Turn to page 25 for a lovely beginner alphabet to try in both lower and upper case.

Families

Thickness

There are many alphabet styles you can follow to create your calligraphy and, of course, you can create your own. Where an alphabet holds its family roots is in the shape of the ‘o’ – the height and angle of this one character is replicated throughout many of the other letters. Keeping this consistent means your letterforms will look cohesive and professional. See pages 33 and 73 for more of an overview.

Whichever pen you’re holding, the premise is the same – apply pressure on the downstroke for a thick line and release it as you head back on the upstroke for a thinner line. With practise you’ll get an idea of how much to push down for your preferred thickness – don’t worry, the nib or tip can take it! Flicks and flourishes need a lighter touch, and you’ll get used to that with practice too.

“Keep your practice sheets and look back to see how far you’ve come!” BECKI CLARK

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Beginner's Guide to Modern Calligraphy  

Enter the wonderful world of modern calligraphy with this inspirational magazine. You'll find tutorials and projects for both nib and brush...

Beginner's Guide to Modern Calligraphy  

Enter the wonderful world of modern calligraphy with this inspirational magazine. You'll find tutorials and projects for both nib and brush...