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Five Basic Calligraphy Tips By Gurleen Swaich

If you are interested in trying a different style of writing, here are five basic steps to learn calligraphy so you can express your emotions by flourishing your words.

1. Supplies

Having good supplies is a must for calligraphy. You can start learning by practicing up and down strokes using a Crayola marker or a Tombow brush pen.

2. Lift your pen

Unlike cursive, you want to make sure that you lift your pen. This ensures that each letter has a good amount of thickness and individuality to them.

3. Slow & steady

Calligraphy is done the best when a person is slow and steady with their hand movements. If you go too fast, you are more than likely to mess up your strokes and alter the shape of the letters. Take your time and try your best!

4. Practice using random words

Practice makes perfect and if you ever run out of ideas for what to write try styling random words into calligraphy. This will help keep you motivated and make you more efficient.

5. Up & Down Strokes

It is important to learn up and down strokes because this is what makes calligraphy look unique. Practice using pressure when doing a downstroke to make the line thicker and going lighter when making an upstroke with a pencil or a brush pen at an angle.

Credits:

Created with images by Metin Ozer - "untitled image" • Kelly Sikkema - "untitled image" • NeONBRAND - "ready for notes"