expressive calligraphy

So, you want to be a calligrapher?

Hi everyone! I’ve gotten a lot of asks about my calligraphy lately, so I thought I’d share some tips with you all! Hopefully this can be of some help! 

What is calligraphy?

Lettering is pretty much just word art using different fonts and creative influences. Calligraphy is a traditional art form which has been modernized through recent years.

Can any average person be a calligrapher? Do I need lessons or fancy supplies?

Yes, anyone can practice calligraphy! Though, one thing that many people overlook when jumping into calligraphy is the process. Calligraphy is a complex art form that may take you a long time to get the hang of. If you’re aware that it is going to take a lot of practice to get the hang of, then you should be okay!

As for specific supplies or lessons, you don’t really need them. I started out by just practicing on scrap paper, and sometimes I still use regular pens to create. If you want your calligraphy to look professional or you want to learn techniques, workshops or worksheets are the way to go. You can find a lot of cheap options online.

Okay, how do I get started?

First off, become familiar with the art. Scroll through Tumblr or Pinterest searches of “calligraphy” or “lettering”. Examine the different styles, the shapes of letters and how they flow. I recommend starting out by learning faux calligraphy. Here is a quick guide to faux calligraphy that you should check out.

Remember: Upstrokes aren’t bold, downstrokes are.

I went from there by imitating other artist’s fonts or styles. This DOES NOT mean I would post this work and claim it as my own. Do not steal any artist’s art as your own under any circumstances.  Working with an artist’s polished work gave me a vision of what my original work should like once I got the basics down. Trying out a variety of fonts and styles eventually helped me find my own style that I was comfortable with and could create original ideas off of.

Once again, just for emphasis, if you imitate another artist’s work for practice, DO NOT POST THIS ART OR CLAIM IT AS YOUR OWN. It was someone else original idea, don’t devalue that.

I would recommend starting out with regular, everyday supplies, like I did. This way you can master the basics first before jumping into more advanced supplies.


Once you get the hang of faux calligraphy, try out some more advanced supplies!

Brush pens: Brush pens are my favorite for modern calligraphy. They take awhile to get the hang of, but they look much nicer than faux calligraphy. My favorite brush pens are Small Tombow Brush Pens (hard and soft tips).

Nibs: Nibs are typically used for a more traditional style of calligraphy. I don’t know much about these supplies, but I would recommend starting out with just a beginners nib kit.

Paint: Watercolors are also a great option for calligraphy. Just find a small brush and give it a shot.

There you have it! That’s pretty much all you need to know before jumping into calligraphy. I’m so excited that a lot of people seem to be interested in learning it and have a admiration for the art form. I’m just an amateur, but I hope I was able to help! Feel free to submit or message any of your practice or completed works. I would love to see your progress! It inspires me.

One last thing: If your art doesn’t have a purpose, people can tell. Be authentic. Express yourself through calligraphy. It’s much more wonderful that way.

Keep creating, everyone!