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Easy Peasy Modern Calligraphy: Writing Lovely Letters in Faux-lligraphy

teacher avatar Beth Hunt, In love with calligraphy since I was 12

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6 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. Class Introduction

    • 2. Step 1 : Getting Your Supplies

    • 3. Step 2 : Creating Your Guidelines

    • 4. Step 3 : Sketching In Pencil

    • 5. Step 4 : Flourishing Your Lettering

    • 6. Step 5 : Inking Your Design

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Have you always wanted to learn calligraphy but haven't known where to begin? See how easy writing pretty letters can be when you begin with what's called "Faux-lligraphy," also known as fake calligraphy. Faux-lligraphy is a wonderful way to achieve a beautiful calligraphy look without needing any special calligraphy supplies, and also provides a great foundation for progressing into pointed pen calligraphy and brush lettering. In this class I'll show you how to write in Faux-lligraphy in 5 quick and easy steps. Let's get started!

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Beth Hunt

In love with calligraphy since I was 12


I'm Beth and I have loved the art of calligraphy since I was about 12 years old, when Santa Claus gave me a calligraphy set for Christmas. Pens and pretty papers are a few of my favorite things, and I am blessed to do something I truly, deeply love. While addressing a friend's wedding envelopes in 2009, I was inspired to start my own calligraphy business, and Beth Hunt Calligraphy was born. I want to inspire anyone who wants to create pretty letters to try their hand at lettering and calligraphy...it's easier than you think! I love sharing my hobby turned profession with others and am passionate about keeping the art of calligraphy alive.

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1. Class Introduction: Hey, all I'm best with Hunt Calligraphy Thanks for coming to my channel today. We are going to have our first lesson on hand lettering in my class called easy peasy Modern calligraphy. And what we're going to focus on today is the style of hand lettering known as the celebrity Oh, calligraphy or fake calligraphy. So it's basically calligraphy, fun, whimsical modern lettering style without the need for any pointed pen or brush pin supplies . You don't need to go out and purchase any supplies for the class. Today. We're gonna use supplies that you already have on hands at your home or your office or wherever you might be. So we're gonna use regular pens, pencil with an eraser, a ruler and just regular white online printer Paper will work just great. So we're gonna use supplies you have on hands. We're going to create some guidelines, say that you have a basis for your lettering and we're going to write the phrase thank you , a common phrase. We're going to write it out in a fun, modern style. We're then going to turn the letters into what I like to call party letters, which is when you make your letters a little more festive and flourished and fun and give it some of that modern calligraphy, whimsical feel. So I hope you'll join me today on and learn easy peasy Modern calligraphy, the holography style with me today. 2. Step 1 : Getting Your Supplies: welcome to easy peasy modern calligraphy. I'm Beth Hunt, and I'm so glad that you'll be joining me for today's class on lettering in the phone, liger feet or fake calligraphy style. Let's get out our supplies so we can get started right away. Here's what you'll need So what you'll need ISS a ruler, a pencil. I also like to get an eraser. I prefer white erasers, but if you just have a pink eraser on hand, that's fine for today. White erasers tend to erase the pencil marks a little bit more clearly without smudging them. So if you do, if you do get serious about your your lettering and you want to make something really nice to keep or to give to a client, then I would suggest getting yourself one of these white erasers. You will also need a white sheet of paper. Here. I have just some plain white printer paper I haven't take down to my workspace. This is absolutely not necessary, but I just have the tape in place to keep a paper within the frame for you all to see it today. Well, we're filming, and last but not least, you need A. So I'm going to show you all something. My favorite pens that we have here today. I'm a collector of pens what some might say, But you can use any of these for your lettering today. If you're gonna use pencil guidelines like we're gonna use today, I would suggest going with a darker color to start out with. So what we're going to use today is this dark purple pen, one of my favorite colors. Again, any pens that you have on hand will work just fine. Or if you just want to write in pencil today, that's perfectly fine as well. 3. Step 2 : Creating Your Guidelines: all right to create our guidelines. We're going to need our pencil and our ruler. So I have my ruler lines up along the left edge of paper So you can see I've started with zero at the very edge of the paper, and I'm going to make guidelines that air an inch apart on and then I'm going to make tick marks on either side of the paper. So I'm gonna start over here and let's say I'm going to start over here at two inch Mark. So I'm gonna make market two inches. I'm gonna have this as my top line. I'm gonna have three inches as my baseline and then across the middle, I will have a midline. So I'm gonna come halfway between two and three at the 2.5 point. I think they're gonna take my ruler to the other side of age. All right? I've got it lined up with the other edge and I'm gonna come again to two inches line. Gonna come down to three inches baseline and then make my deadline Mark right here. So now I have even lines on either side of the page so that I can make a straight line drawn across from one side to the other. So let's start with the baseline. Simply want your ruler up and trace across the bottom. All right, Now let's do the top line, okay? And for my mid lines, I like to make dotted lines. We'll talk in a minute about what each of these lines ISS. So your bottom line that we made that is going to be called your baseline, and that's the line that your lettering will sit on. The midline is going to be a basis for your lower case lettering. So this is gonna be the height for some lower case letters, and then the top line is known as the cap height in calligraphy. So that's going to be the line where your upper case letters or some of those lower case letters that have beautiful parts that come up to the top, such as an H or K, those air going to touch your top line. So these are just basic guidelines, and we'll come back and do some lettering ever them 4. Step 3 : Sketching In Pencil: way have our guidelines in place. Let's get down to writing. A moderate calligraphy style is fun, a little bit whimsical and it doesn't need to be perfect. So I would just encourage you to embrace your own natural handwriting and dress it up a little bit. If you don't have good handwriting, don't worry. This is fun and needs to be more relaxed. And you're writing in pencil for Stephen. Certainly erase it. So I am going to start writing. Thank you in a script. Now, as you go along, we're going to come back later and make our down strips a little bit thicker because this thick and thin lines are the hallmark of calligraphy lettering that so many people think of when they think of calligraphy. Be very mindful of where you're going Down. This is a down stroke. This is an up strike upstroke down strike. Okay, so just think about up, down. I'm gonna dip below the baseline a little bit here just to give it kind of an uneven baseline and a little more modern fund feel Like I said, you don't have to be perfect. Then I'm going to dip below the baseline again. So we've got think and you'll notice that haven't crossed my tea yet. That's gonna be one of the last things we do. We'll come back to the U I'm gonna leave my wide open for now. The why isn't a class of letters. It's called d senders, which basically means any later that has a part of that letter form descending below the baseline. You can do a lot of fun things. So Flora's your DIY centres. So we'll come back to those in a minute when we make our party letters. And then I'm definitely a heart person that think you're either a heart person or you're not. So I like to finish my exclamation points with a fun little heart. If you're not a heart person, don't worry, just make a little dot Now let's come back and cross our T. I'm gonna pull the tail of this t out a little farther for some extra drama and will flourish it in a minute. So here we go. Here is our penciled in design. Be sure to upload your progress to the project gallery, and then we'll come back in our next step and make these into party letters 5. Step 4 : Flourishing Your Lettering: way that we have a basic design in place. I want us to come back and flourish. It flourishing is a technical term in calligraphy and lettering that basically means you're adding loops and swishes and any fun swirly lines that are gonna dress up your lettering a little bit. The non technical name that I like to give it this party letters because I just think they're fun and festive. So what I like to do is look at my design and find some places where I can naturally add a little something extra. Say, Let's come to this cross in T. I love to take the cross of a T and add maybe with the end, there's a good space for leave with the beginning that out. OK, now let's come down to R. K. We brought the tail of the K down a little lower here, so it's not a fun little loop There now are why I mentioned in our previous segment how much I love to flourish descend er, because this class of letters there so many fun things you can dio. So what I might want to do with the center is bring the tail straight up. Let's say I don't want to do that. Let's say I've changed a manual. So just pick up your eraser again. If you have a white eraser on hand, use one of those because I think it makes the ink or I'm sorry, the pencil smudge a lot left a lot less. But if you just have your I think a racer, that's totally fun to touch a little bit of my y lettering up here. So I'm gonna replace that with a pencil, that I'm gonna come back here and I'm gonna make a little loopy within the loopy. Come to meet the tail of the why there have been a bring that over a little bit Filippi at the end. Now, I've definitely got some party letters, and our next step we're going to eat the lettering, to be sure. First upload your fun and festive party letters to the project gallery. I can't wait to see him 6. Step 5 : Inking Your Design: way have our design sketch out a pencil and we have it the way we like it. We're gonna come back and take it. So grab a pen. Any pin will do. You can also continue just working in pencil if you prefer. But to create the photography effect I am going to grab today a felt tip. I'm gonna use a dark color to go over my pencil lettering so that it will be less pencil marks showing three. We're gonna raise it when we're finished. But what we're gonna dio is simply trace over a pencil. So, for now, I just want you to go through Just use a relaxed grew up. It doesn't matter if you come a little bit off your pencil lines because we're gonna end up erasing them. Anyway, I like to sit with my elbow all the way on the table when I'm writing, get nice and snug up close to the table, and I found that I get the best ability when my elbow is resting on the page. So one trick I like to use is if you're working down a sheet of paper writing from top to bottom, say instead of letting your elbow creep off the table. Keep moving in your paper away from you so that your elbow stays in the same place. But it's your paper that moves. All right, So now I've traced my design in my pen, and I'm going to go back now. And this is where the faux calligraphy part comes in that you've been waiting for those beautiful, thick and thin lines that many people think of when they think of calligraphy lettering, whether they realize it or not. So I know we mentioned earlier that we wanted to be mindful of where we were making a down stroke. What we're gonna do now is thick in the parts of our lettering that air the down strokes to give it the effect that a nib or a brush would naturally make when you're coming down and applying pressure. So what I want you to do is simply trace next to the line where a down strike was made. So this is a down stroke. We came up here around, and then this was another down stroke. So I'm going to start with one layer thickness next, each one they don't all have to be the same thickness oftentimes, especially within the same letter form. I might play with my pressure when I'm writing in calligraphy toe have one down stroke a little bit thicker than the other, just to give it some visual variance. So I'll keep going with the down strokes. Even within these little tiny loops, you can come in and remember you made a down stroke there, so I may come in and you don't stop there to start a letter as well came in with time Downstream. Get out! A little extra love there way came up here. Don't over here. You can come back and fill them in its needed. Sometimes I'm tracing a line right next to the line I made before. Sometimes I'm coming out a little bit, filling it back in here for the grand finale or exclamation point. And then let's come and fill in heart or your gut something that flourished on. Then let's come back to this T. I see that I have some down strokes that are a little bit thicker than how I started with my tea and the age such as its K. That's why they're stand out a little bit more. So in order to give it a little bit visual balance, I'm gonna come back and just add a little something to my tea. So, as you see, you can keep going and adding thick strokes until you achieve the desired thickness. We go and then here, let's see. That was a little tiny down stroke when I came in there and then just slipped up and down and around. Well, uh, we have for calligraphy now. What I'm going to do is simply erase the lines around my pencil. If you have written in a gel pin, I would wait a while before erasing your pencil marks, because those can take a little bit too dry. Sharpies dropped pretty quickly as well, but I would go ahead and wait a little bit before just a few minutes. Let's start a racing