2.18.2015

How To: Start Calligraphy


My love for calligraphy isn't something new. Though I just started practicing it a while back and that's probably the best thing I've ever done as in case of creative works.
To be honest, I'm a basic hand writing person, by basic I mean really basic. Like, I get along with it. But calligraphy is a lot more fancy than any casual handwriting. When I made an attempt for it, I didn't have any idea how it was going to be. It could be fun or an absolute fail. But it turned out to be a mixture of both, only getting better with practice and time. Haha!

It's simple as any hobby. Just like you can self-train yourself for painting or singing, it goes the same way. I know a lot of people who want to start calligraphy but never actually start it.
To make a start, you need to know what styles suit you best. I have always loved stretched + san serif fonts so I picked my favorites and scribbled them down on paper. One word at a time.


Once you get the hold of each letter in your favorite script, you can keep adding new styles of your own and make your own patterns. Like I do. I stretch the middle letters in a word to make it look good.
At first, I recommend using a pen or pencil. A normal one. On any kind of paper or sheet. Try using a blank white sheet because it gives freedom or creativity (I just made this up) . Once your lettering is set, you can now switch to ink and brush. Grab a ink pot of any kind and thinnest brush you can easy handle to draw letters.

I am not a pro calligrapher of any sort. I just love doing it so I wanted to share it with anyone who may start it or want to start it. I plan to make it a pro-thing one day, hopefully. I will also be starting digital calligraphy, only waiting for my graphic tablet to arrive (wooo!!!!)

It only takes a lot of practice and patience to get better in calligraphy or even in anything. You need to be calm and completely optimistic for the output of your effort. I am SO glad I started something I wasn't sure of actually being able to do. If you're stuck somewhere between "should I do it?" or "I can't do that" , then do it for once. It may not turn out exactly what you concluded but it will be something.

Do you like calligraphy? What could be your hidden talent?

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29 comments :

  1. I love calligraphy, I did it when I was younger but I don't know why I ever stopped
    If i try again I would love to do some Arabic calligraphy, it's a lovely language
    Urdu is kind of similar, maybe I'll try that too :)

    neenyslittleblog.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. That's right, Urdu and Arabic are written on same script. You should definitely try it x

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  2. Looks cool! I would love to learn this!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  3. Cool tips,i hardly knew any thing about calligraphy before this post:-)

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  4. I always tried to learn when I was younger but was never successful!!

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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  5. I always wanted to do this but never really started! I really like the second style of your favorites!
    Jade x

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    1. Try for once, I am sure you can pull it off x

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  6. I've always wanted to pick up calligraphy but again, I'm not very consistent with things Lol. I will try your pencil technique; are there any good sites to start leaning basic font/scripts? Have a great one Noor! -Iva

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  7. Your calligraphy is so neat and beautiful. It is actually triggering my inner calligrapher. A super long time ago in high school I was drawing graffiti. I was using colors and crayons to fill it up. I am itching to do it again. Do make something special for me and I'll print it out and put it up on my pin board. Do sign it so I can keep the artist's autograph.

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    1. Graffiti sounds so cool, get back on the work, chica! I would surely love to create something for you. I just replied it on Facebook, make sure you tell me what to write :) x

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  8. I've been trying to do calligraphy too. My favorite art/callipgraphy vlog is artistic-dreams.com maybe you want to check it out

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    1. Thank you Alissa! I will be sure to check it out asap x

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  9. I love calligraphy but calligraphy doesn't seem to love me. haha. And i'm having a hard time finding supplies here in our city.
    You have a lovely handwriting, Noor. :)

    -Joyce | http://www.bitsofjoyce.com/

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    1. Don't worry about supplies. Start off with pencils and accelerate the progress with any plain small size brush. Once you've mastered it, find some kits online x

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  10. I love calligraphy and was really into when I was younger. It helped me improve my handwriting and it is so much fun to do. I like what you have done. I grown a fan of using sharpies to do calligraphy, but what to learn the art of the real ink pen calligraphy.

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    1. I've been trying to get a solid hold of it as well, to improve my general handwriting. I hope I can reach that "pro" part someday, hah!

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  11. You're doing great! I think calligraphy is beautiful and it's something I'd love to learn how to do.

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

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    1. Thanks Jessica! Start it, I am sure you'll nail it x

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  12. You are doing wonderful! I love looking at calligraphy pieces, but I never really had the guts (and time) to pursue it like you do. :)

    xx
    jhanzey.net

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  13. Wow! Looks good! My cousin does this too and it just shows how talented you are! I'd love to try! X

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    1. Yayy thank you Fatima. I could help you making a start, just let me know.

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  14. got here from Joyce's blog. love calligraphy as well, esp Arabic ones. :)

    xx.
    Kai of www.lilpink.info

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    1. I know Arabic script as well, I might start doing it more.

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  15. i love calligraphy!!!
    my favorite thing is addressing letters~
    thanks for this tutorial. i've been looking for new ideas :)

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  16. This is great! :) Those stretched + sans serif font is definitely a beautiful style to start with. I started practising the same way too - just looking at fonts, other calligraphy work, and adapting it to find my own style. I'd also practice brush pressure, putting more pressure on downward strokes. Perhaps this could be another method to explore. Some SkillShare classes are really helpful too. :) I love using round brushes for calligraphy or hand lettering, it's easy to control and practise with. :) Happy practising!

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  17. I randomly saw this on bloglovin - LOVE IT! I have been wanting to try my hand at calligraphy for some time now but i have such a fear of failure and where to start, etc, etc.
    These are great tips!!

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