I've got a question for you. Can you write beautifully with a simple pen or pencil?
I must confess that I rarely write in real life. I type or tap almost all the time, which is why I am losing my hand lettering skills. I get into embarrassing situations from time to time because of that. So, I prefer to avoid writing but it's not always possible, that's why all my paper documents that should be filled out by hand look like childish scribbles (shame on me!)
Do you have the same problems? If you were searching for hand lettering for beginners you definitely have them.
What are you going to do anything about it?
Like studying creative lettering, or playing with the premium font for example.
Let's study calligraphy for beginners together, it will be fun.
By the way, there is one more reason why I want to learn calligraphy. I take it as a form of art. We don't learn art because of its use. Some people think of calligraphy as a meditation. It helps them to disconnect with the world around them and just focus on the art.
What Things Do We Need In Order to Start?
- A Pen -
A sketch calligraphy pen will be OK, hassle-free and easy to use for beginners. You can find plenty of them on Amazon or any other resource of your choice.
However, you need to be familiar with calligraphy tools. There are fountain pens, dip pens, brushes, brush pens, markers, etc. If you're interested in Old English or Fraktur, you'll want a chisel-tipped dip pen or stub tipped fountain pen nib. You can find Speedball calligraphy sets for dip pens starting at under $10 in many art stores along with India ink or Sumi ink.
If you want a more portable tool, you'll want to take a look at the Pilot Metropolitan with which you would use only with fountain pen ink, whereas you can use fountain pen ink with a dip pen. If you're interested in Spencerian or Copperplate, you will want either a dip pen with a flexible nib (also see the Speedball set), a brush pen (see Platinum Carbon Brush Pen for $5 which takes fountain pen inks) or a fountain pen with a flexible nib.
For Japanese, Chinese, or Korean you will want a calligraphy brush, for example, search for "Chinese calligraphy brush". These can also be found in many art stores for around $3-10 each, along with Sumi ink. Brush pens can also be used for this, but it is difficult to achieve proper form since the brushes are designed to maintain their shape and remain inked even after writing.
For writing in Arabic, Hebrew or Sanskrit, you will want to find a fountain pen with an "Architects Point", which is often used for these scripts, or a dip pen with a similar nib.
- Paper -
You will need thick A4 sheets [160-250 g/m2]. Choose paper with lines to keep a check on the height/width of letters. Try to make the strokes within the line.
- Font -
There are plenty of fonts to try out, but you'd better start with just one. Don’t try to skip this training step. Be ready to spend a considerable amount of time working on one font. Practise in writing all alphabets, both small and capital letters, of a specific font. Your diligence is the key to success.
Ask yourself a question: is there a certain style that you want to learn?
Copying straight from consistent writing examples or alphabet charts is a working technique. If you're looking for a more delicate and connected style such as Copperplate or Spencerian, or if you want to learn something that doesn't use an alphabet such as Japanese or Arabic, you'll want to pick up a book or specific guides for those styles.
- Video Tutorials -
Watch YouTube videos, that’ll spark your creativity. You can start straight away with some calligraphy for beginners video tutorials gathered below.
Hand Lettering for Beginners - Video Tutorials
How To Calligraphy & Hand Lettering for Beginners! Tutorial + Tips!
Brush Calligraphy Poster Art for Beginners! | EP-5
How To Start Writing Calligraphy
How to Write in Cursive
Calligraphy Basic Strokes
Calligraphy Writing for Beginners, Calligraphy Styles: Holiday
Calligraphy for Beginners with Normal Pen
Pointed Pen Basics for Beginners - Basic Strokes
Calligraphy Exercises for Beginners
Basic Watercolor Floral Techniques & Simple Calligraphy Trick for Beginners
Calligraphy for Beginners: Sharpie Art - Letter "D"
Modern Calligraphy. Stylish Calligraphy. Kaur's Creativity
Calligraphy For Beginners
Calligraphy for Beginners
Gothic Calligraphy for Beginners with Normal Pen
Did you like this article on best calligraphy themes for beginners? Are you going to learn creative lettering? Do you consider the above 'how to learn calligraphy' tips & tutorials useful? Please let me know about your impressions in the comments section.
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