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Modern Calligraphy With A Dip Pen For Beginners

Nikki Hess, A Creative Mind is a Happy Mind

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14 Lessons (1h 19m)
    • 1. Hey there, Welcome!

    • 2. What is Modern Calligraphy?

    • 3. Tools + Supplies

    • 4. The Anatomy Of A Nib

    • 5. How To Insert Nib into Pen Holder

    • 6. Common Problems

    • 7. Basic Strokes

    • 8. Capitals A - H

    • 9. Capitals I - P

    • 10. Capitals Q - Z

    • 11. Lowercase Alphabet

    • 12. Numbers + Punctuation

    • 13. Connecting Letters

    • 14. Final Words And Class Project


About This Class

Hey hey! I'm so excited that you are here. I will be teaching you how to use a dip pen (sometimes also know as a pointed pen) to create modern calligraphy! This class is for anyone with a desire to learn calligraphy. I'll walk you through EVERYTHING, from tools and supplies, to the actual calligraphy and I'll talk about issues you might encounter on your calligraphy journey.


DOWNLOADED AND PRINTED WORKSHEETS - You can find this PDF in the class resources tab (You must be on a desktop to be able to see this)

PAPER: LaserJet Printer Paper (please make sure to print your worksheets on HIGH quality paper, otherwise the nib will tear the paper)

NIB: Nikko G Nib 

INK: Sumi Ink



INK MIXER (You will not need this for the Sumi Ink but if you decide to use metallic inks I highly recommend it):


If you were interested in my hand painted ink wells, they can be found here:

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1. Hey there, Welcome!: E. Nikki. I'm a calligrapher and watercolor artist, and I will be teaching you how to do calligraphy. This courses for anybody who has always wanted to do calligraphy. Or maybe you took a workshop and you didn't feel like you learned everything you needed to learn or you are rusty and you want to brush up on your skill. This course is for you will go through everything. All the tools you'll need will go through basic strokes, the entire alphabet. How to connect your letters, all that fun stuff. I personally love calligraphy. It's been such a joy to have it obviously part of my career. But I remember when I first learned I found it so relaxing to just sit there and right. Don't worry if you don't have good handwriting. I hear that from a lot of my students of my workshops, and it doesn't matter if you have good handwriting. You can be incredible calligraphy with chicken scratch writing. I promise you calligraphy is more of an art form. It's not handwriting, and you'll learn more about that as we dive in. But the next, or the next video I'm gonna cover is the tools that you'll need for this course. Of course, the tools are super super important. So most likely you're gonna need to buy those tools and then come back to this course A few days later. I'm so excited to teach you calligraphy and thank you so much for joining. 2. What is Modern Calligraphy?: so something I want to talk about real quick is what is modern calligraphy. Ah, lot of people get mixed up. It's not traditional calligraphy. Calligraphy itself is thousands of years old. It can be seen in all sorts of cultures. I mean, people used to write with feathers dipped in ink when my husband IRA in Scotland were visiting a really old church and there was a document, I think, from the 16 hundreds, and it was all written in calligraphy. It was beautiful, but the calligraphy looked nothing like the calligraphy that I produced. And the reason that is is because there are tons of different kinds of calligraphy. One time calligraphy that you may have heard of is copper plate calligraphy. Comparably calligraphy is a traditional type of calligraphy, and it requires exact. You have to follow the rules exactly when you're writing it. So I think it's something like all the letters have to be at a 45 degree angle. The bottom of the letter cannot pass this point, etcetera, etcetera. That's what I'm gonna be teaching today. I'm teaching you modern calligraphy. Modern calligraphy is very objective. You can make it any way you want. I like to do my letters really bouncy. Some people, like toe make their letters straight across, but there is one common thread about calligraphy, and that is that you're up. Strokes are then and you're down. Strokes are thicker and that takes you through. That will help you kind of gauge where you're at with the calligraphy and know that you are actually doing calligraphy. Be But other than that, modern calligraphy is open to your interpretation. It's really fun because you can develop your own style. And the more you do it, the more you'll develop your own style. So I just wanted to clarify what modern calligraphy is. Um, there's also something called faux calligraphy, and focal in Murphy is what I use when I make my wedding signage and they give it. Our people have given it that term because you're not using a dip pen. You're not using a nib. You're using a marker or paint pen, and you can't use a tip on a would sign. So you have to use the other the other tools. But that's that's why people call it that. But anyway, modern calligraphy, what I'm teaching you today you can apply it to everything. I'm gonna teach you how to use a dip pen. But you can use these same skills to transfer them to make Cy images well. 3. Tools + Supplies: Let's talk about our tools. The first thing that is incredibly important is you need to print your calligraphy worksheets on quality paper. Do not use multi purpose paper or copier paper. You you need to use laser ink jet printer paper. I find that that's the best to use because what happens is if you use a multipurpose paper , the ink, it's just going to bleed all over the place. You need something that's a little bit more high quality, and the laser inkjet printer paper has almost like a waxy finish on it. So that's super super helpful. And if you want to practice after this on your own, of course, you can print out as many of these sheets as you'd like, but I really, really love the Rhodia paper. They have ones with ones with thoughts on him that's helpful as well. But you can get lined paper or you can get completely blank paper, but it's really high quality, and you can feel again. It has that waxy finish. Next thing that is, of course, incredibly important. Or are Nibs, as you can see and I mentioned in another video is there are a ton of different kinds of bibs, and they all have their own purpose. But the one that we're focusing on today is the Nico Jeanette and the Nikko G. Nib is what I recommend for all beginners. It's it's pretty inflexible, so that allows you to have more control over your ink, whereas if you use something these air sharp, by the way, if you use something that's really flexible, like this browse, they call this the Rose because you can see has a little rose on it. This one is a lot more flexible, and it's really, really difficult to control the ink with this one. I still have trouble with this, and I've been doing calligraphy for four years. But I will say I don't practice. Is that with this one very often. So that is why I highly, highly, highly recommend the Nico G for beginners. I talk a calligraphy workshop once where the host wanted to purchase all of the calligraphy tools, and I gave her a list of things that I needed, um, for the class. And instead of buying the Negro G like I requested, she went to Michael's and she got a cheap set and it was so frustrating for the students because they were using an ID that was not meant for a beginner. So that is why I like to just reiterate. It's so so important for you to use a beginner level nib and I. This is the best one. Honestly, I still use this name. The Nico G is an awesome nib, but it's especially awesome for beginners. This is weird, but this is a potato, and it's how I clean my nips. So when you get the name from the manufacturer it has, it's really shiny, and they put oil on it to make it shiny, and they just wanted to look really nice. So that's what's on it, and you need to get that off. Otherwise, all your ink is just going to slip right off. So if you poke the nib into a potato and I hoops those pretty far, but I usually put it just up to the G, and you just leave it there for about 30 minutes. When you take it out, the starch from the potato will remove that oil. There's a few other ways you can clean your NIDs. You can clean them with dish soap. You can clean them with alcohol. Some people recommend toothpaste and a toothbrush. Um, there are some people that dip it in ink, but over and over and over again and wash it off until it removes oil. But I don't suggest that method because it takes a long time. Okay, so we have our paper. We have our Nibs. Now the pen holder is extremely important. I use a straight pen holder and I will be teaching you how to do calligraphy. Excuse me. Modern calligraphy with us straight pen holder. Today there are people that use the It's called oblique or it has a little arm right here. I have never really liked this. I feel that I have more control with the street pen holder, of course, And try it out and see if you like it. You know, maybe you do like this one more. The principles are the same though. But for this class specifically, I suggest getting a street bondholder. All of these tools will have links for you in the in the class notes Then next is our ink. Ink is so important, especially as a beginner. You don't want to start with an ink that super, super thick or hard to control. The Sumi ink is by far the best. There's the red top of the blue top, but they're basically the same. But this is a Fantastic Inc has a really good viscosity. It's very Oh, Peg and I recommend it for beginners because it's easy to control. You'll notice as you kind of branch out and go to different inks like Maybe gold. Thanks. Let me grab it quick to show you so gold inks. They're harder to control, and they also can get really like the sediment settles in the bottom so they're hard to mix up, and this is extremely difficult for a beginner to start with. So let's start with this. Sumi and I still use this ink. I love it, but it's the best one for beginners now, something that I have found. I never used to use this, and I'm so so thankfully do now. Isn't inkwell these air helpful? Because when you dip your your pen in it, it's short. Instead of having to dip really down in a bottle and then you get ink all over the place and then another. Plus is this little square keeps the inkwell from moving around. And then if I'm running low on my ink, all kind of angle it like this and I'm able to get down into the box to get the rest of the ink. This is one that I hand painted and I have these in my Etsy shop if you're interested in buying them. Otherwise, I've linked Teoh this guy right here. He It's just plain wood and this is how they come traditionally. But I just painted it because I wanted it to be a little prettier. I also like to suggest that you keep water and a towel of some sort nearby. Um, you will be writing, writing, writing with your nib, and then you will want to clean it off every once in a while because if you don't clean it off, something else I suggest is using water. Just having a little pot of water nearby and a micro fiber cloth. Every once in a while, you're gonna need to clean your nib off. You want to make sure that there's not gonna be a bunch of dried ink on your nib. That's just not gonna help with ink flow. So keep out nearby and then one other kind of tool that I suggest and this you don't need to buy this. But if you start working with inks that are like this the metallic ones, you really have to stir them up. And this little guy is great. It just serves to make up for you how linked to this is well. 4. The Anatomy Of A Nib: an important thing I want to talk about is the anatomy of the name, and the reason I want to talk about this is so when I refer to certain parts of the niv you'll note, I'm talking about. And it also gives you a general idea of why calligraphy looks the way it does. So the 1st 1 we're gonna talk about is the times I believe that tell you, pronounce it. The times are the two metal pieces at the top of the nib, and when they separate, they allow for ink to flow room, so we'll go over those in more detail. But basically, when you you apply pressure, the time Separate and Release Inc and when you don't apply pressure to get a really, really thin line, and that brings us to our next part of the nib, which is the slit, and that is just what goes between the times and allows them to open up pretty basic there . Then there's the event, and that's that little hole in the center, and you always want to make sure that that is covered with ink. Otherwise you start to run out of ink. And, of course, we'll go over that more when we actually start writing. But the event is important because it gives the nib air so that the Incan flow. Then there is the body of the name, not too much to report there. It's just the body, and it's what you're going to use their. It's the part that you insert into the pen holder. Then the name of the nip, of course, is super important. This one is a Nico G. There's tons of different kinds of memes, but we are focusing on the Nico G today because it's the one I recommend for beginners and , lastly, the base of the name, which is important to know, because that is the part that you will insert into your pen holder. All right, that is the anatomy of the nip. 5. How To Insert Nib into Pen Holder: Now that your nib is clean, you need to insert your nib into the pen holder. Now, the penalties that I am suggesting for you guys, they have a universal insert. I guess they call it and this one has been used. Obviously, it's kind of rusty, but I'm not sure if you can see this. I'm gonna draw, draw out of picture as well, so you can see what it kind of looks like. But right now you can see maybe thought it's all open and what I'm going to dio you guys. I'm not joking. I could not figure out how to do this for the life of me, for I would say a good two months. I Googled like crazy and there was nothing online to help me. And it's so So you do is you take your new Be careful not to put yourself and you're going to push down these little There's four little petals in here and you want to push them down so it almost looks like a flower. And once you push them down, find the opening. So there's this metal circle and there's a little opening right there and what you're gonna do is put the NIB into that opening, and I like to push it down to about the en, where it says Nico, down to the end on the nib. So it's about this far out. You shouldn't be able to easily pull it out, but you shouldn't shove it in there so deep that it's right there. That would be way too much. So that's another important thing that you need. Teoh learn. So here we go. We have a pen. We have our Inc. We are ready to start our basic strokes. I want to draw out really quick what the universal in certain looks like because I feel on the video, it's just too hard to see. It's a circle at the top. You can probably see that on the video, and it actually has this little space open at the top. And then what it has is these almost like pedals. There's four of them. They look like that this isn't the best drawing, but hopefully you understand it. So when you buy it, they're gonna be open like this and they look like this from a side view. Then what you need toe what you need to make happen is you want to take these guys and with the base of your nib, you push them over and it starts to form, almost like Looks like a little flower. And that is what you want. Honestly, they're gonna go over each other a little bit. Sorry. I hope I'm not making this more confusing that it needs to be. But you pushed down those little pedals, and they need to be tight and touching each other. Once they're touching each other, you can take the base of your nib and insert the base right here. Now, this is going to stay nice and tight, and it's going to keep your nib in the pen holder. Otherwise, if you leave it like this, it's gonna fall right out, and you're gonna be like me googling how to figure it out. Okay, I hope 6. Common Problems : e want to talk about a few common mistakes or problems that people run into when they first start off doing calligraphy. I know myself. I had so many issues and I had no idea what was happening. And so Google was my best friend. Or in this time, when you dip your ned into the ink, the ink should stay on your name. This means that your name is clean from the manufacturers oil and you are ready to right now. I'm gonna show you what it looks like when the NIB has not been cleaned properly and you dip it in the ink, see how much of a difference there is. The vet hole is covered, but the ink should be covering the entire neighboring debt. You can see that there's some residual oil left on there, and it's making the ink not really stay. This will be basically impossible to write with, and you'll be super frustrated. So if you're experiencing this, take your name, go put it back in the potato or get some alcohol or just soap and give it a good clean. Other issue I want to bring up is ink bleeding in the paper. I'm just using a cheap piece of paper from my planner and you'll be able to see that it will start to bleed. And the reason it bleeds is because this name is sharp and I'm applying pressure and the paper is low quality, so it's going to start to tear up the paper a little bit finds, and we don't want that. So what you need to do is use ah, higher quality paper to write on. Like I explained about the supplies and tools using high quality paper is super super important another issue, And I have this issue with my clients a lot when it comes to a wedding, envelopes is they want to provide the envelopes, and I don't know what I'm getting. And usually, usually they're fantastic because I recommend vendors if they want to get a specific type. But sometimes I had a brought, you know, I had this one bride send me 100% cotton envelopes, and every in guy had blood. So what you do in that scenario is you use gum Arabic. Now, when you put this into the ink, you slowly mix it in. The ink will start start to thicken up and then you'll get Thicker Inc That kind of sits on top of the paper instead of going down into the paper. I have a whole video about this in. Well, not just about this, but about addressing envelopes. It's my other skills share video. So feel free to check that one out if you're interested in learning more about addressing envelopes, but try to use quality paper if you can. If you can't the gum Arabic is your next best choice. Okay, Another issue that people have is when the never runs out of ink. When you're in the middle of a letter, this is a very sharp nib. Okay, that one didn't go. Let's try another one. Oh, wait. So I do want to mention that the longer you do calligraphy, the more you'll be able to keep going without dipping the nib into ink. I remember when I first started every single. Okay, here we go. Every single letter I would have to dick. But now I don't. So this is an issue that happens. And what happened is I ran out of ink in the middle of my stroke, super simple or you're going to do is go back and get ink. Make sure you're not just soaking it an anchor. It's dripping off because otherwise you're just going to get a big block. And what I like to do on a scratch piece of paper is let out that first kind of blob of ink . So I know I have more control, and then I go right back here and gently press down and continue my stroke. There you go. 7. Basic Strokes: Okay, so let's get started. With our basic strokes, you are going to grab your ink dip your name. I suggest dipping your never rate around that g Great. At the beginning of the G, you need to cover up the entire vent hole. Other rise. You're not gonna have enough ink. So that vent hole right there, it should be filled. And I like to get any excess ink off like this. So not like this. Make this. Okay. Now we're going. Teoh do penned a paper. One thing I want to mention about your paper is you do want to turn it at an angle. So what we're gonna do is you're gonna angle your paper. So I'm angling my paper up because we're writing at a slant, kind of. But we are going to be doing just straight strips right now, and then you're never gonna have your pen straight up and down. That makes absolutely no sense. You're not gonna be able to apply pressure and get the times two separate, like you need them to. So we're at an angle. See my pens like this and we're just gonna be making lines. So are up strokes are thin and are down. Strokes are heavy. So because of that, I want to make a straight line down. I am going to press, apply pressure down, release pressure, hold, apply pressure, release pressure. So I hope you're practicing this with me, and you can see the vent hole just opened up. So I'm probably going to run out in care pretty soon. Yep. There we go. Just like I showed you. In the common problems that people encounter with clicker for you, it's easy to go back and fill that in pressure. Lift. Pressure lift. Remember, we're doing a down stroke down strokes have pressure in them. Now we're gonna do up strokes. Feel free to pause this video. If you need more time with this, I'm just gonna run it through, run you through some drills. I don't want to be labour. Certain things, in case you're one of those people that just likes to go fast. So we did our down strokes. We applied pressure the time separated and released. Think Now we're going to do up strokes up strokes. I'm really I'm applying no pressure. I'm just drawing basically and letting the in kind of seep out, and it's a very, very, very thin something else. I want to mention that he didn't mention before the paper don't have just one piece of paper and then your desk directly underneath. You want to have a little bit of a cushion with a few pieces of paper. Otherwise, for some reason, I think it's because the nib is so sharp it can be difficult to write. Okay, so we have our downs, this street line, we have the straight line up. Now we're gonna make a close and we're gonna start. And this is really going to show you the the pressure variance. So I'm starting with light pressure, heavy pressure. I'm opening up the times. Light pressure, light pressure, heavy pressure, light, heavy light. A lot of times people ask me, Well, how how much pressure do do you give it? And it's hard to say. I know my I mean, I've broken a couple Nibs in my day, but I tend to be just forceful in all areas of my life. But what I suggest is play with it and figure out what works for you. You shouldn't be ripping the paper apart because you're pushing down so hard, but at the same time, you, If you're only getting a line, that's this. Then when you're pushing down, then something's up. You're not pushing heavy enough, so you want to make sure you're getting that thicker line. I will say, as you continue to develop your own style, people do sometimes have a style where they're down. Stroke is not that thick, and that's just their style. Some people, myself included, who have a heavy hand, can tend to do the down strokes a little thicker. But this thing is pretty durable. You're most likely not gonna break it. But I mean, unless you're hulking it or something, but just kind of play with it and see what it feels like to apply the pressure. Don't be afraid of breaking something or or making something ugly. This isn't about perfection. This is about learning. Okay, so we have these little strokes and then I want to do a squiggly line because it will kind of help you, or it will help you see that the variation as well. So I'm going to go down. So that's a thicker stroke up, thinner, down, thicker great. So it's loops. Light pressure, heavy pressure, light pressure, heavy pressure. Sometimes people ask me how they should hold their pen. You hold it, in my opinion, like you hold a pencil, I hold a pencil. Really weird. I put it and my paintbrushes, everything on my ring finger. But some people write like this. Whatever you normally right. Like I suggest that's how you hold your pen. It's gonna feel the most comfortable. But I will say sometimes the way you hold the pen is very awkward at first because you're not used to it. But the more and more you do it, it will get less awkward. And then lastly, you know, just a straight across lion. That's the same thing. You're not applying pressure. This is what you're gonna do when you like. Cross your teas. Although I don't cross my tease like that across them like this. But this is just free raise to get used to the pressure that you're gonna be applying. Okay, I think we're ready to move on to the alphabet. We're going to start with capitals 8. Capitals A - H: All right, we are finally ready to get into her alphabet. We're gonna start with capital letters. It might have felt like it took a while to get to the actual part of doing calligraphy. But I think it's really important to lay a good foundation, knowing what the right tools are and knowing what modern calligraphy is and also some issues you might encounter along the way. Um, so hopefully you have your nib and your pen ready to go to bed in your ink and let's start with a a little bit about how I kind of organized this sheet is I do have the capacity down on the second letter so that you can trace over. If you're ever feeling like you're a little bit lost, I'm gonna show you how to write the letters. I'm not going to write a all the way across here be all the way across here. I'm gonna show you twice how to write the letter, and then you can pause this video or go back if you need extra help. But I just figured he didn't want to watch me do calligraphy for five hours. It won't be five hours I promise. Okay, We're going to start with the A and we're going to start here. And remember, your paper is at an angle. If your paper is straight, you're gonna have such a hard time getting the angle that you need. So angle your paper and you're not like this. You're like this Almost a 45 degree angle. I'm gonna start here light. I'm not applying a lot of pressure. Heavy late. I skipped on something right there. So light pressure, heavy light. And this is very light. I'll do one more. So light pressure just drawing a line. Heavy pressure to get that down stroke up. So the main principle we need to remember is that the upstroke is light and the down stroke is heavy or the upstroke is thin and the down stroke is thick for B B easel have a little more going on. We're going to start with this tale over here, and I'm applying barely any pressure that I'm gonna apply pressure and go down. I'm gonna trace this line again. Come out Pressure, light pressure light, light, light. I'm not re used to writing the slow, So it was kind of a challenge for me. You, But please take your time. That's one thing I see. Beginners want to write really fast. And a lot of times, you know, you haven't learned the skill level yet or the kind of the muscle memory to write the letters. So go slow. It's totally okay. Trace back. Heavy, heavy light lightly, lightly. Okay. And with calligraphy. One thing I want to say is feel free and move your hand. You're not moving your fingers. If you try to do this by not moving your hand. Oh man, it's really difficult. So you kind of have Teoh. It's almost like you're flowing with it. Well, that kind of messed up a little bit, but so don't be afraid to move yourself to move your arm, explore a little bit. Don't be too rigid. Oh, and watch your posture because, ah, lot of times you can just hunch and not even know it or be really tight. And some people are like behind my neck really hurts, because there there's a lot of tension in their neck while they're doing this. So just be mindful of that for you See, we're going to start right here. We're gonna come around and then we're gonna apply pressure for that down stroke and then up for the light stroke. Light light lights coming around heavy. Like now for D. D has a similar I don't know what you call us a tale like it is here, so and it's also a similar stroke because we're going down. Then we're tracing back up heavy lately lately, Like heavy back up heavy light for E. He is similar to see you were doing that little loopy again. Come down light, heavy light. Ah, One thing I want to mention is that this is my style of calligraphy so you can learn the basic strokes this way. But over time you'll write your letters the way you want. Teoh. I learned from a worksheet that I didn't particularly love the style of her calligraphy. But I was able to develop my own style once I went through her worksheet. So you'll do that to you Might say, you know, I don't like this tale. I want to do my e like this. That's the fun part about calligraphy is you can change it up how you want, So we're gonna do this one more time. Light loop around. Heavy lie, heavy light. Okay, so for sure, we are that same thing again, right? We had it with the c e. And now the f light light light down heavy light like my loop around. Heavy down stroke. We apply pressure like to g g is again the same kind of loopy deal around. Heavy down, stroke, light up, stroke heavy light, life light We loop around heavy light, heavy light. Another thing that you'll start to notice is sometimes you'll really like certain letters. And you won't like other letters. I used to hate ours. They were my worst thing. I could never liked the way they look. But now I like ours. And I don't really like us recently. So it's funny how that happens. And I promise you you'll feel that same one. You'll feel the same way. And then lastly, on this page, we're gonna go over H. So h, we have a loop again. Heavy, like heavy light. So again, light apply pressure. Uh, heavy light 9. Capitals I - P: Okay, let's get started with. I threw P for capitals, and I do have a bit of a confession. I am using paper that is a little less quality than it should be. I'm not following my own rule, So that is why I'm having it bleed a little bit. So I just wanted to let you guys know that full disclosure, But listen to me. You need good paper. The laser jet printer paper is the best. I am not using that today. Unfortunately, I had to go with a lesser option for Okay, so we're gonna go with I I'm gonna go up lightly and then come down heavy with the down stroke up lately. Light, heavy light one more time. Light heavy late now for J. Jay is similar to remember the B and the D had that little tail in the front. We're gonna go light and then apply pressure, huh? Over. Kind of going to okay. Que is a loop similar to C and E and F pressure. We got a lot of pink there. Lights. Now, be very careful. If you have a lot of in kind of pooling here and you're gonna pull in a stroke. You could get it to start bleeding or do something a little bit funky. So just be mindful that like I mentioned in the other video, if you just loaded up your ink, make sure on in your well, make sure that you are You did and then go like this. Okay? You need to get off the excess ink or you're gonna have a hot mess on your hands and then another. Sometimes I will still feel like I have too much ink and all. Just let some out in a line above If I'm practicing, obviously wouldn't do this on a piece that I was selling. I would have a signed paper that I do that. But that's away Teoh to not have so much ink when you get started and possibly make a mistake again with the K light, apply pressure light, apply pressure. OK, moving on to l light pressure light light pressure. Really? So I mean a little bit careful with how much pressure I give because I don't want to tear this paper. You guys should not have that issue because you're gonna buy the good laser jet printer paper. I'm sorry I didn't fall in my own rules. I just I couldn't wait a week to shoot these videos. I wanted to get this out there. Okay. I m m has a lot going on. So that little tail down were tracing this again. Down. Trace it again. Down. No. Again. Me for end. Very similar. Tracing, pressure light, heavy light, heavy life. You'll really start to get into the flow of the letters. The more you practice, there is really a flow to it. And it's really kind of cool to see that developed over time for Oh, you're actually gonna start right here in the O And you're gonna come around like a C up. Late pressure, heavy pressure, light pressure. OK, heavy light, heavy light And lastly, p heavy. Heavy. Like that kind of pools right there. And it started to pull when I went through it. Light heavy, light, heavy. Loop it around. Check in with yourself. How's your posture? How are you feeling? Are you feeling frustrated? If you're feeling frustrated, give yourself a break. Also make sure that you are cleaning your nip every once in a while. Just rinse it in the water and dry it off. And then, after you dry it off, make sure that there's no little fuzzies that got stuck on it. The's air sharp. So if you pull it through the micro fiber cloth, you're gonna pull up some of the threads in the clock, it's just be mindful of that. 10. Capitals Q - Z: moving on to Q through X, So Q is similar a little bit, too. Oh, obviously, because you're making a similar type of shape, But you want to start at the top, So right here. And we're just gonna curve around and apply pressure, uh, and connect back. And then this little squiggly guy is just, um, heavy pressure, light pressure. Sorry. You can't really see that. I'm gonna make it a little further down so you can see the end of that are sorry further up . So start out here, Have you pressure light? This is also a really good shape to just practice on your own to get more control of your nib. And then that little squiggly pressure light So that squiggly, it's just like this. Queues are not that interesting. All right, are has that same little line like the B and the D go back up, down. I'm just going to go through and write the letters and you can watch me. I'm pretty sure you are. Probably used to word the the down stroke. Heavy strokes are now in the light strokes. You're just looking for the thick and thin lines, so I'm just going to show you how I right then so you can follow along. And if there's anyone that needs or any one of these that I think needs a little more explanation Of course I will give that. I'll just want one more time. Okay, T t You want Teoh star and I almost kind of leave it there for a second and then drag it down. I have a lot of income. It never Right now I need to get some off. There we go. So down, up, and then just pull your name across you come. You can lightly fill it in two until you get to a point where you can finish the stroke. Maybe that was easiest. Whenever I'll go a little slower now with your ex, I will say it's in your best interest toe. Let this stroke dry a little bit before you go ahead and do this one because you'll get a little bleeding right there. So just do this stroke first. Light, heavy light. Just do a couple of them give it a few. I would say like a minute to dry. You could even blow on it and then you can come in, see what this one's doing. You can see it's getting really blurry. But now that it's kind of dry, you can come in and just make a really thin line, huh? That happened because I blew on it, so maybe don't blow on it. There we go. Okay. And we're just gonna finish up the last two capitals in the alphabet here, and lastly, is the 11. Lowercase Alphabet: we are moving along to our lower case letters. And for your lower case letters, you'll notice that a lot of these have I like to say a little tail on them, and that is gonna help us connect the letter to the one before or after it. Now, the A I didn't do that with but because a sometimes stands alone. But you can I'll show you how to do that as well on here. So for a your starting at this point right here, we're going up lightly down. It's that curb who? See, I had way too much ink on my name. See you guys. I'm us up still, and I've been doing this for a long time, so just know that it takes time, and even people who have been doing it forever still mess up. It's normal. Everybody makes mistakes. So I'm gonna make sure I don't have all that. Think again. Start here. Come around up, down. So and then, if you want Teoh, make the tail. If you're connecting it with something else, you're just gonna go out in front, come up back down, Uh, and down, out in front, back down. Uh, really ran out of ink. Quit. Just fill that in nice and tight. Okay, One more time with the tail. If you're gonna have to connect it. Yeah, be here. I love these. They're so pretty. You're gonna start right here. Okay. Again, huh? Down around. Now. One more time. Because this one, there's a little challenge not challenging, but has a lot going on. Go see. See, is very similar to the A's that we made with the tails. You just don't close it off. So you go up and then you retrace again. Tail up, retrace with the heavier stroke, almost like the beginning of a wave are like you're making a wave. De d is going to do the same thing, that retracing retrace up. That one is a little more complicated. Okay, So, like you're doing a C retrace your steps, but you're gonna go straight up, and then a heavy stroke down. Uh, have you struck down? Oops. Yeah. You're gonna start right here. So it might be helpful for you to mark where you start on your own. She so that you'll get used to starting at that place for the You were starting here and we're gonna go in around, heavy out full. I got a lot of ink. Lightly light, light, heavy light and f usually for EFS. I like toe have this part actually sitting down here. But it was hard to show on here because I wanted you guys to be able to see what was going on. So I'll do a couple up here and then I'll do some lower. But for this you're starting here and it's up around, down, so up like heavy. Why heavy life? And then if you want to make it here like that go Yeah, G I start here we go up in around kind of like the a up heavy light You guys can hear me Depth. You know, you have to dip a lot. H starts here, and sometimes people ask me, Should I pick up my never at all or should always be on the paper? You can pick it up, and it usually doesn't ruin your stroke, so I'll show you an H if I don't pick up my nip at all. And then when I do pick up my new I like to pick it up at this point because sometimes the ink tends to pool right here. And I'm nervous that if I just keep going without lifting up my never I'm gonna pull some of that ink into this thin stroke. Because over here I'm better that I'm better able to control it. H is one of my favorite letters. So pretty for I has this little tale you're gonna start at the tail. Oh, I'm sorry. I needed to show you the tail. Fergie, you're going to do something very, very similar to the A. Almost looks just like it. You're falling the same pattern. But instead of just making it short here, you're gonna bring it all the way down and out. Okay, for I start there we go. Thin up. Heavy light, Doc almost looks like that little wave again, J. This is Jay's tail that makes it connect to another letter. And this is where you'll start light, heavy light. You're going to start here with the K. That is also where you will connect it. Two other letters. The K really doesn't change that much from a capital to a lower case. But it is your decision how you want to do your letters when, after you're done with this class, so you might make your case look different. Some way it's up to you. Some people do their case like this, but I don't do them like that anymore. I like to do it like that. L starts here. I still do. Light, heavy, light, heavy. Um, starts here. I remember I have a mom. A couple of moms actually take some of my in person workshops, and they contacted me later and said that they love doing calligraphy because it made them focus on the calligraphy. And after they put their kids to bed, they just poured themselves a glass of wine or a glass of or a glass of tea made a cup of tea, and they just sat there and did calligraphy, and it was really relaxing for them. So I hope you feel the same way. Yes, calligraphy can be frustrating if you're not. If you're a perfectionist, let's be honest. I was frustrated because I'm a total perfectionist, but don't do that to yourself. Let yourself have fun with it and relax and let it be a meditative thing if it almost is meditative because you really have to focus in on your letters. Okay? And starts here. Trace it back up. Now, if you want to pick up your nan and not retrace here, you could do that. Um, so you would do that and then come back like this? I like to retrace because it feels more flowy to me. But again, it's up to your interpretation. You are the artist here. Just follow the basic guidelines of having then up strokes and heavy down strokes. Okay, we're in. Oh, it's okay. Oh is going to start like our other capital. Owe where it starts right here. And it's the same motion. Try to slow down here. You know, around light pressure around that light pressure takes a lot of control. Give yourself time with it. Being able to go up just lightly is going to take a little time to master. But it's a control thing, so don't worry about it. If right now, you're kind of shaky and maybe it looks like that a little bit. That's normal. Other side. No. If you like to drink a lot of coffee sometimes doing calligraphy after you just jacked yourself up on caffeine can be hard because your hand shake a little bit. All right? P is gonna start right here. Que have our little tale? I'm sorry. Thank you. Freedom. Sorry, guys. Okay for the O when you want to connect Oh to something else. So let's say we Right, Pop. So we have P. I'm gonna make this little tale. I'm still going to draw my own, just like they normally would. And that's harmony. Connect it. So it's almost like you're connect. You're not gonna be able to do the whole thing in one swoop. At least that's how I do my calligraphy. You're going to have to make this one connect and then dio and then you have this tale to connect to the next one. But I just want to explain that really quick. I will talk more about connecting letters in a little bit later. So cue starts here is almost exactly like the G and similar to the A. But instead of going this way, you're going this way. I'll do that one more time. The lights up retrace. Just like the a light down when you flare up this way. And this is very similar to the, um f the Lord visa. Our starts here light Happy having played that little side, guys. Kind of a little funky. You're not technically going straight down. You're going to the side a little bit, but you want it to be thicker s starts here, uh, have you down. Well, light, light, light, light, light. T start here. Apply pressure straight down light and kind of like the X. You want to give it a tiny bit of time to dry just because I can see right now that I pulled a little bit of in great there, So it's probably gonna bleed a little bit if I just go right into it. These ones are probably fine. And I like to dio my little cross my t use like, um kind of flowy instead of just straight across. So I start here and I go down and up, down and up. You starts with the tail, right? Heavy. All right. Heavy. I ve It starts here. All right. We have our last couple letters. W really similar to the capitalized one. Heavy light. Heavy Life X is almost exactly the same to remember what I taught you about letting these little guys drive first, we're gonna leave them there for a second while we do the other two letters. Why suits here? Sorry, X. I want to tell you. Really good act starts here. Although that is debatable because some people say it shouldn't start there. That was the whole personality test thing recently. How you write your exes? The why is then heavy, then heavy. I'll do one more. Come on. Just a smaller version of the Capital one. Okay, run back to your ex is real quick, and we're just gonna put in that second mark. They see that one? Blood. It wasn't ready yet. Okay, now we are going to move on to numbers. 12. Numbers + Punctuation: moving on to numbers. We're starting with zero. It's the oval shape. Again. You're gonna start right here. Pressure light. Sometimes it can be difficult to get it to be perfect. It's a really good one to practice. We are now. We're going toe one when we start right here. Light, heavy life to start here light heavy like three light. Help me Heavy light, heavy light. And I pick up my name in the middle just so I can get there. Have a little more control over the for start my four here. Heavy light. I start here. I'm gonna skip that because there's something in the way I just do a line straight across heavy light. Heavy six. Start here. Looks seven. It starts here light, heavy and then for sudden because they look a little bit similar to a one. I like to put this mark across the body of it. I had a bride. Tell me one time that the address is like confusing because I used to do my sevens like this. So now I always just add that in there to make sure there's no confusion. You do not want wedding invitations to get lost in the mail. You have one angry couple for eight. I start here on the eighth like a light, heavy light flight. Happy? Almost like a s shape. Flight nine. I start here kind of similar to an A. Okay, so we're done with numbers. We're gonna move into some punctuation. This is exclamation mark is really easy. It's just a line with the dot So planning full pressure and a little dog Full pressure, little dog thes air. Just period. So a little teeny dot I kind of just circle my name around for apostrophes or commas. You're going, Teoh, push down. You're never and create, like, a little ink build up and kind of just pull. So push, pull, push, pull. You have the question. Mark starts here around High pressure lights apply Pressure apply pressure lights, a high pressure, high pressure. And lastly, the little and an ampersand. Whatever it's called symbol. I start here, and it's almost like a backwards three. And then I come in here and I go pressure light. So light pressure, light pressure, light pressure light lately. Hey, that does it for the numbers and punctuation 13. Connecting Letters: All right, This is our final video of this course, and I'm gonna talk to you about connecting letters to make words. Now, we talked a little bit about these little tales I like to call them. That's not the technical term, but they connect all our letters together, And that's important to remember when you're doing the calligraphy. And I put the words with a lighter opacity so you can trace over them to get used to writing them together. So when I'm writing dog making a d and I am make this tale come out and then with the oh, I'm gonna just connect it this way on the same thing with the G and you can play with your connections. I know a Colliver for who? She doesn't like to connect the first letter to any of her words. So she would make it like this. De and then she would just do it this way. Sometimes I don't connect the first letter if it looks kind of funky. Welcome is one of those things that I do. Whoa! Make it go away for me there. I like to keep the w separate. Our next word is Hello, which is a very popular word to write in calligraphy. I like writing it. I think it's just it looks pretty so we're going to start off and we're making our letters the same way that we made them in the last few videos. But now we're getting to connect them where those little tales were coming out. Okay, Orange. Here's that tail. And then in this instance, we didn't have to make the tail in the front of the egg because we had a tail coming from our I hope this isn't confusing. Just think about it. In basic terms, each letter need some way of connecting with the letter next to it, and that's also a stylization type of thing. So the more you do the calligraphy, the more you might develop your style, and you connect your letters maybe a little bit different. Maybe you like to make it longer, so you want your letters to be more spaced apart or you want them to be tighter. That is definitely a style that you could develop when you're developing your own style. Did I spoke? Quote wrong? That looks wrong. I don't know why that looks wrong. So, quote I had to throw que in there because it really gets used. But Q is one where you're not gonna connect the Q to the other letters. And it looks fine. Peony. One of my very favorite flowers. These are just literally I think I saw these things in our house, and that's why I put them on here. So know that these air very random words, huh? There's no rhyme or reason to them CUNY And lastly, welcome There were not connecting the W. So because we're not connecting the W, we don't need a tail on the E. So instead of starting here and going like this, you're actually going to start here on the and come around. So you're admitting that tail on the front again. We're having to pick up her name because we have some connections that require you to do so . All right, there is the lesson on connecting the letter is to create words. I do want to mention one thing really quick about when you're trying to improve your calligraphy. There's a couple things to think about. Think about how far apart you are spacing your letters in a word. They need to be consistent if you are. Um OK, so let's all right. Hello. And I'll show you what it looks like. What? I'm not consistent with the spaces between the letters. Okay, I'm gonna make my e way over here that I'm gonna make my els really tight and then I'm gonna make my own way over here. So it kind of looks funky, right? Because there's not a consistency in spacing. So a consistency of spacing between your letters is important to increase your your skill level with your calligraphy. Another way to improve the way your calligraphy works is to focus on the slant being, um, consistent. Just remember the word consistency. So everything within your calligraphy, the slant, the spacing between the letters, the consistency is very important to get. Overall, I don't want to say consistency again, but it's what I mean, um, a look that you really like. Okay, so let's talk about this land if I'm not making the slam. So here the slant is consistent. I'm gonna write hello now with without being consistent in this in the angle of the letters . So this one, I might what's going on here may kind of straight up and then I'm gonna go really slanted with my els, and then I'm gonna go straight up again with my Oh, so it looks kind of funky. It doesn't flow nicely. So please remember word of the day. Well, two words of the day one is always just practice. You'll get better and better. The more you practice and secondly, consistency so consistency in your practice consistency in the spacing of your letters and consistency in the angle or slant of your letters. 14. Final Words And Class Project: e. Hope you enjoy this course on calligraphy. I do want to mention that calligraphy takes time to get good at. It's normal. It's gonna take a while for you to get really good at. It's just like anything. You don't jump on a bike and all of a sudden you're in a race you have to practice, and it's the same thing with calligraphy. I like to tell my students to practice 10 to 15 minutes a day, and within a month you'll see a big difference in your your skill level. Keep your sheets that you practiced with the first time and you'll be able to kind of track your progress. I've been doing calligraphy for about four years now, and my calligraphy looks completely different than it did two years ago. It just takes time. I want to share with you my calligraphy from 2016 so four years ago today, and it's changed a lot since then. Here is my calligraphy. I wrote this out today the same phrase in 2020 so four years from the previous one, and I show you this to encourage you to just give yourself Grace. Just keep practicing it will come to you, I promise. I have a project for this class, and it is to write out in calligraphy your favorite quote or some words that you really like. I want to see your calligraphy, want to see where you're doing, And lastly, before we say goodbye, I just want to say if you enjoyed this class, it means a lot to me. If you could leave a review, it also helps other people find me if they're looking to do a calligraphy course. So if you could please leave a positive review and share with your friends, sharing your social media if you want, that would be awesome to, but it just helps me out. So thank you so much for taking this course of me. I hope you end up loving calligraphy as much as I do feel free to reach out to me with any questions. I'm always happy to answer them steaks