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Beginners Introduction into Modern Calligraphy

teacher avatar Lyndsey Gribble, Modern Calligrapher

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6 Lessons (31m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Warm Up Drills

    • 4. Lowercase & Uppercase Alphabets

    • 5. Connecting Your Letters

    • 6. Thank You!

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Have you always wanted to learn how to create beautiful calligraphic letterforms? How many times have you looked at pretty wedding stationery or place name cards and wanted to create something similar? How amazing would it be to be able to write some stunning envelopes or thank you messages to friends and family?

When you take my introduction into modern calligraphy class, this is what you will be able to start to create. My calligraphy class is perfect for beginners and those interested in modern calligraphy - taking their first tentative steps into the world of modern calligraphy.

Along with my workbook pages which you will download, I will guide you through my favourite warm up drills, alphabets and how to write some beautiful quotes by connecting your lettering together. I'll even share with your my favourite supplies for particular projects.


By the end of my class you will have the confidence to really become adventurous and start your own calligraphy designs.

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Lyndsey Gribble

Modern Calligrapher


Hi I’m Lyndsey, nice to meet you! I’m a modern calligrapher based in Plymouth in the UK.

I am passionate about all things calligraphy related and absolutely love teaching modern calligraphy classes to my students. I teach classes for adults and children all over the South West of England from Devon down to the tip of Cornwall and enjoy meeting new faces and creating something fun each time.


My calligraphy journey began in 2009 when I discovered modern calligraphy. I spent a lot of time travelling to workshops and researching calligraphy - reading a variety of historical books and newer blog posts to help my understanding of the history behind calligraphy.  Learning age old techniq... See full profile

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1. Introduction: I might exigency from wild See calligraphy and I'll take you on introduction into morning calligraphy. I've been learning calligraphy on off about 10 years now I start my journey in 2000 and nine. I stopped again. Break Probably. I began again in 2012 and again stopped on in 2015. I started myself a kick up the bum liquid. I'm really forced myself alone. Morning calligraphy. It's always been a passion of mine. Andi. I felt like I didn't do it. It was now whenever I take morning click workshops in the southwest of England from Bristol were time to formal eyes implement, which is my home city. I love teaching calligraphy. It's just a locally skilled to learn. It's very mindful. You can relax where you're doing it. It's great to use your hands from something different. Other than texting or being on a computer, it's just something that you can take a long rest. You really so I'm really looking forward to bringing you on my Cecil click. We journey with me, so I hope you enjoy it. So you have any questions? Don't worry about leaving makes messages of great 2. Materials: No, this is workbook that we're going to be working through for the workshop. It's something that I have altered so many times. Makes slight adjustments. Power Workshop. If I find some information out, always my workbook. It's a 12 page white book, and it's not notable for you. The front page is a little bit things like post your grip on any problems that you have. It's just so it's full of really useful tips and tricks. Also lists some more resources on websites. Let me get a free things like Ratio is on. Betel practiced rules are really help you. Everything comes with some guidance. Next foot's including my brain begins a locates up about calligraphy on a case, and then after that, I'll guide you through and show you how to connect us together. Using some of my favorite words, I used drills actually, joints First things first. I just want to talk to you about your supplies that you should use. So obviously we need some ink. Good Beginners Inc is something called a Higgins Eternal Inc You've given black. It comes in a big ports on you probably felt a couple of those up could put four times it wants to. I personally prefer to use something called Assuming Inc. I find a bit smoother on paper, takes a bit longer to dry, but has a pretty finished so completely up to your Yankees. Then we have a good HB pencil. So you have a hates B pencil or just a nice black wing pencil. Then we have straight hopin out is so This is a good straight pen holder that we can use, so this pen holder is great. It was very economic. Or you can just use a completely straight pen holder, which came just good for beginners and then rush progress, you know, feel free to get in a bleak a pen holder on the nip that I recommend for begin ISS is called a Nikkei G. Never, which is snip. Here you can see where my thumb is. The name of the Nip is on or nips. This nip is but only used in Japan for mandatory. It's a good big, isn't it, because you could put a lot of pressure on it and it won't let out a load of it, so you can see how the open evenly and you pour dime Now if your pain is a funny angle you see how I push They were open so really important to press down on Have those open or the way dying Evening on the paper Next part of the lip is this the hole in the middle that's called Vento. You want toe when you're thinking of unity with the executive just past the bottom Here Now , every using enable Seeing open a shop on you wonder what it's called You will always find the nips name here. Now that's the sort of nip here just called shoulders on each side. Now, to be really careful of these some copper plate nips of very fine on you can accidentally snapped the shoulders, which is not ideal because means that every pains get back out of there holder again. Okay, when we're writing our calligraphy, we do not want our nip to be straight up with this because we were pushing up is gonna catch and scratch and make horrible noises on flick ink Everywhere we went up and to bay there's low to the paper as possible. Okay, so we give up in time nicely. We're writing writing calligraphy. What we need to do is write at a 55 degree angle, which is pointing that way. Now. If I'm SATs square on to the paper, I need to twist my wrist to write that way, and that's going to get very uncomfortable very quickly. What I suggest you do. If you're right handed Samir paper around to the left and then you'll see he will be automatically writing in the correct position. Now, if you're lefty, you shouldn't really have to do this because you'll already be writing now. The angle need to be watching out. 3. Warm Up Drills: I feel that your jewels are very important because it really helps you to get into the mindset of calligraphy. If you've been on your phone all day and texting when a computer, you really see what those muscles in your wrists and free up, that's all area you can then and Broxham wicket drills. Soldiers I use, I find come part characters. The letters are going to form. There's some great ones toe work with. I also say it's really helpful to incorporate letters, worse struggling with into a drill so everyday voice or any project. Just do some woman drills, incorporate words, and that is really struggling with. By the end of the drill, you. Now I would like to show you how you put your pen to your paper. So without any ink, I just want you to put your nip the paper and just push time a little bit pressure and you'll see how those times opens. The two point bits front you Pam like or tie ins. Nine. Nutrition during the open, even any paper. If you pull them down, you have a nice even six trick on the way dying. If you don't hold your pen. So times evening on the paper. When you push them down and pull, it will catch your paper. You won't get a nice thick strokes. Just were really aware of the position of your pen holder on the paper. So it's like this every time I'm just get introduced to your practice drills. Like I said, he's a great drills woman up to get you into the right mindset for calligraphy. They won't be your hands their low for making any mistakes, getting your mistakes out of the way we start your project. So whatever you do wherever project you're working on, just start with a few practice drills before you get completely stuck in. Okay, So with the drills, the one thing you need to know Monica like Fiorina, calligraphy is the thick stroke is always a dying stroke. So you put your nips the paper and you apply the pressure and you put it time. Okay. In your release, you're a nice even stroke away down every time. Okay, Say bush phone release, First time release. Um, please. Okay, if this happens, don't worry. This is really great. The times create a little groove in the paper, and all we need to do is just back again. Okay. Doesn't mean you're terrible. Just means that you want every. Okay, so we've got our down strokes and I went toe obstructs, okay? Pointing the same direction. Okay, We get down with a pen pointing that way when we get up within it, pointing that way. Okay, So, really, when you notice is high my pen positions and points in the top right corner of my page every time. Now, I don't do this. Don't leave my hand around. I am constantly pointing with a pen opposition. Well, with shapes you're creating with your family, this drill here, you'll see these are nice and long oval shapes. That's what trying to create, though Now we have these Krul's here, which is gonna be for me your s shape. Make sure within paranoia is possible. When you're creating your send a lip, we want to go gently and I'm pro pressure in time. Okay, so I ride and I find and Cindy Lee it's gonna come done around. Just think of it as a teardrop shape, so don't rhymes owned up. See what this nice oval shape. Then we have this approach is this world, which is just quite nice. And lights you never barely touching the page than half a graphic. Just make sure you get a feel for drills. This one here, bit more pain control. This is going to really help you in pain control. You want to make a leap? Says power and I was possible. Get and don't get fixing. Still making them perfect Doesn't matter. You're just warming up. 4. Lowercase & Uppercase Alphabets: Now we're gonna be working on some of the liver cases. Bets I tend to put the guidelines are in the back. Your workbook underneath. Fine ship papers. Paper amusing. Here is Dale a running on like that. Three. So just like a line. But I know I can, Right? So I'm not gonna worry too much about fitting award at the moment. Just so doesn't kind of go off on tangents. What you can do is you can report they're going to be back poppin. Okay, so next part, let's just do some wild, lower case letters so they forget. These guidelines will help you point your pens in the right direction where you want to go . Let's start off with a in one stroke. Nice. Hey. Can be work slowly around all the different characters in the alphabet. Now, the D would you in two parts before? Over fast. Okay. When you take your foot off paper, reconsider issue. Maybe pants the right here up. And time has been coming down and you'll see how it connects together. OK, so do it again. I don't mean depends. The rights doesn't have to be joined up. And we didn't have to make things perfect. They gave What you want to do is have this nice over up here. And if you look your letters or your let's ring used to fits nice oval shape. So just 13 Those get nice, little a be See the sanctions and two strikes to you. See, once you're nice, some believe Bring your pen down a ticket pen off the paper just the right straight. Here. I'm gonna get up and die. So on and time mentions there was just kissing. That's true in time. Okay, Well, okay, which come out around, OK, We don't want this to be circular shape, which I avoid circles with modern calligraphy. I still difficult to wreak. Find the You have to rig every 34 characters, two men. So much, Pam. Pressure putting dive him And the powerful paper, right? It's more ink. Oh, no. Our friend. Little things. No. A lot. People like us with the are Just make sure you don't do some of that. Okay, If that's not a nice are get up around and bring it place to this line is possible. Some other archdeacon dio I mean, if you feeling really lucky in Detroit, one of those as well. But Jim Worry I quite like my arms to be my. That's for do one of those as well. It's a different eyes, their feet. You'll find that you have some partners you really, really like some you really hate. Generally, some reason everyone has the OSCE. Lange's messes can One version of S. I quite liked Big s. We have mess like a swell. So the more you explore morning click for them oils. So find a star that sits yourself. I like to use my teeth. You can either do something like this, crossbar war Be like May I quite like big Long one When that's Detroit up, That's a very nice first basic flourish for you. You be. I think X was instead of running mind. To me, it's more like why and that she was okay. Self bet. No, I don't forgets What mentioned earlier on about your letter forms the war futzing. It's so oval shape. So everything wants to be fitting into a nice oval. Okay, I think that's really important. I already where you could sit, don't want big, chunky second section. Once it all nice, elongated and over. So we're gonna get started. Some capitals Now I'll let you into a little secret. I hated capital letters when I first started calligraphy and I would write everything in lower case. I think it's completely acceptable If you don't want capitals, you could just write your lower case Bigger s O, for example, if I didn't want to do a capital, uh, be so I didn't want to do something like this for my calligraphy because I hate my capital base. I could do something really big b instead. Anyway, that's by the by. Let's go on with the rest the wet for you. So let's start with a nice capital. A Take your time to work A little things that happened. You can just re ink Just go back over again or completely fine, Okay with capital referring that you do have to include more because obviously the characters a bigger 5. Connecting Your Letters: okay, the next page and then talk about it so you can connect your letters together so we can't date to begin with this, begin my type or letters individually and want to know how we can connect them together. So low. If I always think it's a work of one level lovely, because we're using the symbol leap. So if you happen to ascend is and Dyinto descended, so it's very nice buoyancy words to practice with on. It's always my favorite word, and it's one might stick to all of my workshops, so I'm gonna show you how you connect your letters together. It might seem a bit strange to do it this way, but I think it's the best way to show you guys is due in pencil, and I don't be afraid to do any calligraphy in pencil. It's free practicing in fact, practice with it, whatever going handbag. So if you got Vairo or kids brush, pen or pencil just, you know, use a long time. So I usually remarkable of my projects with pencil. So this is what I'm working on the moment, actually, and I just find it takes a little pressure off to do it in pencil to begin with. So that's why show you this connection. So we're gonna wrote the word love you can write. I should begin. Well, the characters individually made other deaf every project. It just really helps for today's project. In the beginning You think, right, Harman gonna connect those together? Well, we use a couple different strokes or one of them, but I like to use as an entrance stroke. So my entrance stroke is very long. Okay? I love a long entrance trick. It gets me nicely into that letter. It's like a lone vengeance trip. Sometimes you have a It's nice to delicate one. Well, it went not when it comes entrance tricks. Sometimes characters work really well and you can leave straight from the interest rate into the character. L is a good example. So we can get entrance stroke into the L or F entrance. True into enough because it just naturally leads into that stroke. Some characters you can't so dif example would go in interest rate, powerful paper. You'd have to do the d separately like so see where the entrance truth meets there. Just that so right is your entrance strokes. Nice long interest rates and my favorite after interest rates. How? Exit strokes. So when we come out with the letter of the word, we have a nice X district. So sometimes they could be like this sometimes. Let this we have nice and long, and sometimes she can even so flush them. So there are your exit strokes. Equipment a little play around with this. Well, we should get more calls them after. I suspect we have something called a connection stroke. And this is just easy way for me to show you how to connect Street Count Alexei coming down from one character and he going for office. And it was nice little kick. So we go down and over, I'm you could see how it coming from one character and connected. And that's really important. Toughest kick. It's We're gonna help you connect to the next letter. So you pour those into practice. My favorite word. So we have. Ah, nice centrist, right? We're going to start off with seven ago and trance strokes. Trian, Smile. Okay, Connection. Stroke. Right there. So this part here to hear that's connections trick. I'm going to do my own, okay? And that's my connection stroke from here to here, connected to my next Let's sir again, connection. Strike, exit stroke. You can see I've taken my pen off the paper pencils paper every time that's really important or just pours into every character. By doing that, I've got a nice, even connection stroke every time with the letters. Now, if I try to brush it, I'm gonna mess up. It's just not gonna look very even just not very pretty. It all now the beauty of the connection stroke, and she could have a lovely sure its connection strick or lovely long connection strike. But it's really important to take a time. Take your pen off a paper it helps you think about. Your placement helps you think about what letters coming next, because sometimes when you're rushing your end up, putting random letters it off, getting spellings of certain people's names and don't want to do that. So really, take your time with your connections and you'll be completely you. Anyway. The next thing I wanted to point out of my connection strikes is you'll see how it hits sent Middle the next character, so don't do that. When I give you you just see. So go. Okay, It's again. Just have a look here and just see Well, that connection strike sits, sits in the middle of the characters. The other thing to tell you about my lettering is I always make my fouls smaller. My letters, bonuses, I quite nicely. Okay, let me show you how to put this into practice with your neighbors. Think so? I'd go entranced. Room my out of paper. Do you see her works? See again. Position in my connection stroke in the middle. Now, a good way to the connection Stroke is that I'm gonna connect Tito hate as well, so t would come. Now go around, Mrs Nice. That kick here that helps you get into this part. The page, The down stroke of the hate heights starts slightly. Okay, so finally, I just want to talk to you about this page here. Now, I don't might stop by this page until we get to the end of all our practice rules and neck and letters together and getting used to the alphabets because I think if you're thinking about this and everything else all the same time you're gonna get overwhelmed. That all this is telling you to do is to get your lettering from what we're used to writing , which is this At the moments and then by the end of the workshop, we're going to be writing like this and eventually with practice, we went toe, do some research and really get into a science lettering style. Now I'm gonna show you host a couple of all of these use of guides for the back your page. So we got our guidelines that were the back of our page and you can see a bottom of the page have actually put a little example of their. So you've always got a little reference points just help you out. Now, how do we use our guidelines? Well, don't be overwhelmed. Or you didn't think Well, yes, we got a baseline here. So the base line is a line that we used to writing on it. Any exercise book. It's where all the texts it's OK. That's our baseline, The waistline and dear hey Treece to show you so we use a baseline in the waistline. Use that weeks of age there. That's your wife, slime That's all you need to know about that part of the guide. What I really want to consider is the area between the baseline and the waistline. This part here now that part there is called your ex fight. And that's gonna help you. Don't get your text. So this excellent here is gonna really help you? No. When we were a calligraphy, When we write normally, we usually right. What? This. Okay. And if you think about how this position she go and excite, here is one part excite. But these your senders of one ascender to ascender. One de sender to descend. Er So what we're writing out is one part ex high one part descend er one part send us. That's a 1 to 1 ratio. We've elongate that into a 2 to 1 ratio. So in two parts descend Oh, or two parts Ascender to one part X. Like, How are we going to do that? Well, I want to go. Why? From this which is a 1 to 1 ratio one point excite part sender. To this, a 2 to 1 ratio so grown excites one too. So 2 to 1 ratio someone else wore anything using the sender once when we hear 112 to one ratio. So to go from here. Tear. Who here to here? Okay, so we'll get our lettering from here to looked like the things that our vows sitting in between waistline on the baseline that balances are really nicely. So we went to go from here. Begins. That's, um, structuring our text like this. There. Forget nice over shape. My vow is always smaller. Everything is nicely elongated now. Eventually, what you want to be doing is about a Brian Slattery which is like this okay by the lettering. Balance everything out. This is what I say but keeping your vitals smaller because it just really easy way of balancing things, balancing everything, outlook. And even if you look at my exploit, you'll see that the oh, the V in the still sucks In between the excite, what I'm doing is extending the sender. We'll descend. I'm not making the carrots 6. Thank You!: So we hope that you've enjoyed my workshop just to recap a few little things that you would have lent Drew. This time you lied by my favorite drools. How to create some low case characters on some upper case characters. How toe creates tricks together to create letters, forms how to use entrance tricks on exit strokes and also connections tricks to actually put some words together, which is fantastic.