STATIONERY SUNDAY: from Calligraphy novice to pro


Welcome to yet another Stationery Sunday!

Calligraphy is the art of decorative hand lettering. It’s a skill many of us don’t possess naturally, myself included, but those who can master it can potentially make a lot of money doing everything from writing peoples’ wedding invitations to making personalised gift tags and quotes to be displayed in pretty frames. And, with creativity-tailored internet shopping sites such as Etsy now within our proliferal vision more so than ever, there has never been a more appropriate time to start a new craft hobby.

I wanted to talk about a new method of calligraphy that makes hand lettering more accessible to those who maybe don’t have all of the proper equipment to use. This post was inspired by a recent Paperchase guest blog by Katie Moody of The White Journal. Katie uses brushes and ink in some of her post; I won’t be doing that today.

This tutorial will utilise the basic utensils around you: paper (cartridge if possible), a black fine liner, a pencil and a rubber.

Step one: think of what you are going to draw today. What’s your favourite quote, poem or song lyric?

Step two: using a standard graphite pencil, outline your quote lightly. It helps if you have some letter inspiration in front of you, I’d recommend searching for ‘typography’ on Pinterest or google images to give you an idea of what letters should curve where.

TIP ONE: traditionally, and to keep things looking tidy and simple, your down strokes should get narrower as they go and your upwards strokes wider.

TIP TWO: think of the words in your quote/lyric which have emphasis and make these stand out. This can be done as simply as making the text larger on these words or adding a few curls and twists to the edges of each character to make the word stand out.

Step Three: outline what you have sketched using your fine liner. Once you have outlined it entirely, colour in each letter using the same pen. 

Voila! You have the same outcome as with a brush.


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