We’ve all seen beautifully swirled calligraphy at weddings, on social media or framed on gallery walls, so why not have go yourself? Your new talent can be used to write fabulous place cards for lunch or dinner parties, you can gift simple words in frames just to show you care, create your own wedding stationery (just to save some money) or this could even be the start of your new business. Whatever direction you take it better lettering skills will never be wasted and it’s a fun activity for you and your family. The best news is, it doesn’t take too much kit.
Even those with the most elegant handwriting will need to practice. It takes a certain amount of skill and artistry to create the swirls and an evenness to the letters to create something you actually want to share or frame.
To get started all you really need is a calligraphy pen, some ink and paper, and in theory you could look at some online tutorials and you’re good to go. On the other hand, if want to get really good at it, when you buy your pen you’ll discover there are some that come with kits and ‘how to’s’ that are really helpful. There are also options when choosing pens in that you want one with a flexible nib that gives you a thick or thin line depending on the pressure you put on it versus the pens with a nib like a wedge. You can also buy brush style pens and there are books that are both instructive and have an exercise section so you can practice the lettering and progress through different projects to adapt to lettering on, for example, glass or pumpkins. We loved The Beginners Modern Calligraphy Kit that gave us the materials and some good ‘how to’ sheets so with some practice we could soon be lettering like the pro’s. There are tons of free download calligraphy practice sheets online.
A few tips:
- Practice, practice, practice.
- Start by writing over calligraphy sheets (just like you did in kindergarten)
- Have paper to hand to protect your working page from your hand
- Understand where you should have thick lines, downward strokes
- Understand where you should have thin lines, upward strokes
- Calligraphy is not cursive so don’t expect to write in one sweeping motion, the pen comes off the paper
- Don’t forget to breathe and take your time for best results
- Please share your calligraphy on Instagram to @melathomeltd
Calligraphy looks beautiful accompanied by a few watercolour brushstrokes. See our watercolour painting page here.