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Modern Calligraphy with a BALLPOINT PEN | How to write in Pen Calligraphy

teacher avatar Cierra Smith, Simplifying your next creative passion

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Lessons in This Class

6 Lessons (56m)
    • 1. Intro to Ballpoint Pen Modern Calligraphy

      0:52
    • 2. Capital Letters "A-M"

      17:52
    • 3. Capital Letters "N-Z"

      17:52
    • 4. Lowercase Letters "a-z"

      10:22
    • 5. Swirls + Writing Words

      8:27
    • 6. Outro + Class Project Tips

      0:33
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Hi all! I'm sure if you've ever had any interest in calligraphy, you've been put off at some point by how expensive the craft can be. Though calligraphy is a totally accessible hobby, it can be a a real challenge for everyday crafters on a budget. That's why I created this course showing you exactly how I write my own calligraphy with nothing but a ballpoint pen (+ OPTIONAL sharpie!)

A ballpoint pen is something that basically everyone owns and if not... a whole pack costs a couple bucks. All you need is a little patience, a little creativity, and a willingness to learn to make ballpoint pen calligraphy work for you. It's so much fun and it's super easy.  As with any craft, the more you practice modern calligraphy the easier it gets. Your hands will get used to the motions and writing will start to feel natural given a bit of time. Don't stress if your letters don't look "perfect". Calligraphy is so much fun because there isn't any one way to be "perfect". Everyone has their own unique writing style, and I'm hoping that by demonstrating mine in this brief course, you'll garner some serious inspiration for your own. 

What you'll need:

  • Ballpoint pen w/ good amount of ink left¬†(preferably black)
  • Sheet of paper (You can download the guided sheet I use in this course by clicking on the "class project" attachment)
  • OPTIONAL sharpie (If you don't want to take but so much time! There's a slightly bigger learning curve when using a sharpie for your downstrokes though, since you have less control over the thickness of your stroke!)

A positive attitude doesn't hurt either. Don't forget to do your class project and share your creations with myself and other students. I'm super excited to see what you create!

Keep up with me on Pinterest, Instagram, and of course, by following me on Skillshare! Thanks so much.

Cierra Smith, culturedsimplicity.com

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1. Intro to Ballpoint Pen Modern Calligraphy: Hello, beautiful people in today's modern calligraphy with a ballpoint pen course. I'm going to be taking you all through exactly how I do. Like I said, modern calligraphy with nothing but a ballpoint pen, as you can see right here. I also do have a Sharpie, but I don't even use a Sharpie. I figured I could show that to you all and how to do it a bit quicker, but I do just use a ballpoint pen for the things I do for the course, the way I'm going to be doing it is capital letters a through M, then capital letters after that, and then lowercase letters a through M, lowercase letters after that. And they are a little bit more on like how to do the swirls, the curls and a calligraphy. So pretty human mind, this has some color on it, but I'm not going to be getting into color in this article. This is, I mean, this course is really just a course for beginners and for using what you have at home. So I'm really excited and let's get started. 2. Capital Letters "A-M": And I mean, that one could have looked better. Three different kinds. I'm trying to be more fancy. You know, turning yellow. Simple is actually better. Let me try one more of those. Anyway, he's on a queue. You find that it can be a lot similar to what you can really just do an o and add a swim or you can do your own name. So let's keep that in mind. I think cues are fun. I'm not talking as much as you all would like. I feel like I can't do like a run down of each letter. A reasonable time. Scale shaven says themselves that they prefer courses to be shorter. And at least I have noticed other calligraphy courses do often do more of a walk-through tutorial. I figured like you would all be oughta just follow along. For the most part. Sorry if you can't. I can see it is try to watch it. Like at like shadow shorter speed, like 0.75 or something. And that will automatically make it slower so that you can really follow along with strokes. And again, downstrokes are supposed to be and all of them for a cohesive manner, calligraphy Look, I just haven't pretty unquote alanine because time's sake. And as you can see, it does kinda taking wow. As you fill them all. And of course you'll get quicker as time comes behind the better you get. But it is a slightly more time consuming than are. Again, S is funny one kinda like a because there are different ways to do AES is f looks different in the normal alphabet then it looks like in the cursive f. So this was more of a cow will look in the cursive alphabet. That was pretty big. Areas LA, in another tip like free when you're doing your theory and you're trying to do like words or sentences is to kinda make the strokes the same size for each letter. Just looks cohesive. But of course you can always change the strokes for different like projects. So you can have really dig strokes or some piece of calligraphy you knew and named generous throats revenues that you do. Ok. Guidelines here, but at least it upside in more realistic. I've actually doing calligraphy right here. And there's another one. Day you might be just bring that back, right. And I do like, which is like a little bit of a learning curve. I don't ever use Sharpies, you can probably tell, I do think the more you use it, the better you can definitely see me like a very realistic way to speed up calligraphy once you get good at it. Honestly, I prefer not using. I do slit, which is more creative freedom and you can make them bigger and smaller as you see fit. But as a beginner, the guidelines do help, like lining up the letters. So we're not doing words even now. Lead doesn't matter too much. But it will help you shape the letters for starting now. W's are fine because you can just do as many squirrel swirls in the I won't say it's best and not do as many you when you're starting out. In pretty, it can get messy, kinda equate. That'll be a little bit. So let's try a slightly simpler. Of course, the slight line elaborate thing. Should I be there? Here is a phi line above the letter. That kinda I always say the best idea, clear fees when you're in a calm state of mind and have the time to actually get it done nicely. Really be like different. I've noticed an interesting, I mean, if you really want to, you could even try to put curls. As always, it's a letter. I also really like lies. I think they're really pretty. When you do it in calligraphy. Was it much better? Again, recursive alphabets then for normal alphabet, like one z with the ligand occurs after day. And the statute is not that many people are familiar with to's to use within the cursor there. So keep that in mind. Sometimes they might throw people off, especially younger people because a lot of students don't even learn cursive anymore. So they might look at this and be like Santa three, setting a cursive theory. But it is Izzy. Sodas. Yeah, Azure, right? With that one. For a bit more of a traditional Z. Lowercase letters. 3. Capital Letters "N-Z": And I mean, that one could have looked better. Three different kinds. I'm trying to be more fancy. You know, turning yellow. Simple is actually better. Let me try one more of those. Anyway, he's on a queue. You find that it can be a lot similar to what you can really just do an o and add a swim or you can do your own name. So let's keep that in mind. I think cues are fun. I'm not talking as much as you all would like. I feel like I can't do like a run down of each letter. A reasonable time. Scale shaven says themselves that they prefer courses to be shorter. And at least I have noticed other calligraphy courses do often do more of a walk-through tutorial. I figured like you would all be oughta just follow along. For the most part. Sorry if you can't. I can see it is try to watch it. Like at like shadow shorter speed, like 0.75 or something. And that will automatically make it slower so that you can really follow along with strokes. And again, downstrokes are supposed to be and all of them for a cohesive manner, calligraphy Look, I just haven't pretty unquote alanine because time's sake. And as you can see, it does kinda taking wow. As you fill them all. And of course you'll get quicker as time comes behind the better you get. But it is a slightly more time consuming than are. Again, S is funny one kinda like a because there are different ways to do AES is f looks different in the normal alphabet then it looks like in the cursive f. So this was more of a cow will look in the cursive alphabet. That was pretty big. Areas LA, in another tip like free when you're doing your theory and you're trying to do like words or sentences is to kinda make the strokes the same size for each letter. Just looks cohesive. But of course you can always change the strokes for different like projects. So you can have really dig strokes or some piece of calligraphy you knew and named generous throats revenues that you do. Ok. Guidelines here, but at least it upside in more realistic. I've actually doing calligraphy right here. And there's another one. Day you might be just bring that back, right. And I do like, which is like a little bit of a learning curve. I don't ever use Sharpies, you can probably tell, I do think the more you use it, the better you can definitely see me like a very realistic way to speed up calligraphy once you get good at it. Honestly, I prefer not using. I do slit, which is more creative freedom and you can make them bigger and smaller as you see fit. But as a beginner, the guidelines do help, like lining up the letters. So we're not doing words even now. Lead doesn't matter too much. But it will help you shape the letters for starting now. W's are fine because you can just do as many squirrel swirls in the I won't say it's best and not do as many you when you're starting out. In pretty, it can get messy, kinda equate. That'll be a little bit. So let's try a slightly simpler. Of course, the slight line elaborate thing. Should I be there? Here is a phi line above the letter. That kinda I always say the best idea, clear fees when you're in a calm state of mind and have the time to actually get it done nicely. Really be like different. I've noticed an interesting, I mean, if you really want to, you could even try to put curls. As always, it's a letter. I also really like lies. I think they're really pretty. When you do it in calligraphy. Was it much better? Again, recursive alphabets then for normal alphabet, like one z with the ligand occurs after day. And the statute is not that many people are familiar with to's to use within the cursor there. So keep that in mind. Sometimes they might throw people off, especially younger people because a lot of students don't even learn cursive anymore. So they might look at this and be like Santa three, setting a cursive theory. But it is Izzy. Sodas. Yeah, Azure, right? With that one. For a bit more of a traditional Z. Lowercase letters. 4. Lowercase Letters "a-z": Alright, so now we're going to be going on to lowercase letters. This is kind of like what they end up looking like. Like the alphabet kinda going down right here. This is just like an example of some curls. So let's get into it. And I'm going to be doing the lowercase guidelines as well. But you are free to use them while you're doing it. Especially like I said, people were just starting out. You can kind of see like I add connecting areas. They connect the next letter like you, unless it's the last letter in the word, it'll have to have a connector to connect to the next letter in the word so that the worried actually looks like a complete unit. So just keep that in mind. Your small ways and they also had to be in your big letters that start the word. So, well, I mean sometimes uppercase letters, they can't have connectors, but if you don't want them to connect to the rest of the world, they don't have to. They just generally do. Anyways. You can see I'm not filling them in. This kind of showing you what the strokes that look like. But I'm not going to fill in like an ends up taking more time. And I do think it's important that you all see just how the strokes look, how they look before you fill them in as well. Because they can get for it. That's a pretty, that's more of a typical f cursive f ends up looking more like two different apps that you can try. I do like Disney. Eyes, Disney dots, like all my letters because I make they make them look more interesting. Like Disney logs how the eye, the donna icon looks like that. Till I go for it with my literature have dots as well. So pretty rides i and j. As necessarily look, of course you can do a normal die if you weren't. She went a little bit overrated. We're gonna see either probably multiple ways and you every single letter. Sorry. Try again for you. That was a little bit later. It L, M, N, O P, Q. It, my keys aren't the best because I hardly ever draw, cuz you'll notice they really fine cuz inside of words are the fundament, the beginning, like Queen, quill, quail, whatever. But inside of words is a little harder so you don't need to draw them much at all. So I like that kind of look a little bit better and there's a little bit messy in the middle, but think you understood what it was both Misha doing it. Wow, really trippy. Anyway, cuz it's probably best to just keep them simpler. Let's keep it nice. And then you can even go back through if you want to connect to their previous letter. So PQ as well, I'm sorry, that's happened in your pin briefly dies are usually do it I can say is trying to make sure you have a pin with good Inc.. She doesn't want to be in a situation where you're trying to make it nice and even and then the painter ended up while you're doing this drove, that just looks bad. That's a u and a v. Sorry, right, that kinda a little bit better. W dashed lines to a little bit louder. X, y. Let's do one more. Sorry, my stroke took me a little bit rough. Sorry. So happens you do this for a while, I guess. Anyways, let's go on to z. Lowercase the looks different in the cursive out there in the normal alphabet. So due to, this is a version of the cursive off of it. And if you like in the normal alphabet, you thought would be better. And you could add like a line or something. It's just harder to connect it to other letters in the cursive Z because you didn't beginning, you probably would have to connect it from the start right here to like another letter. That's a little bit strange. But if you want to use the normals EDS, but you'd have to do just swoon. Alright, there we go. 5. Swirls + Writing Words: All right, so let's do some curls and squirrels are the fun stuff that comes at calligraphy, different brush calligraphy. You have complete control over above point heel. You have to do a stroke and they worry about whether it'll be to dinner too big because it stays the same amount of thickness or thinness drew out like it's ABAB way pain. It's not going to change depending on how you hold the pin. So you have to do is you've got to go back and you have to make the strokes that you yourself, the asthma control. And it means that you don't have to work is going and like mastering the strokes, you realize mental, professional calligraphy is teaching others how to do it. They generally have some strokes that they will tell you to practice on to get better. This is a pretty popular one. It's kinda like that. And you can also do it the other way. And I knew, say like progressively play with him. And then of course more like a you start with a simpler strokes and then you can progressively make them harder and harder. But like more complex, like that. Castro came from that. What am I just ended up adding some more strokes at the n. Three there. That's a pretty basic curved line. Curves will be the right way referred in the navy. Like overlapping. When I try to go faster, that's when some of them, like the quality of the calligraphy declines a bit. I'm filling in like the downstroke for some of these, but for some crows, like you don't have to do that when it's a word. Sometimes filling in the downstrokes on the kernels can actually fund a takeaway from the final piece because it can make it harder to actually tell what the word is worth, like. They weren't like. So in, in at all. You can still like TO what the word is. Hopefully, it says graces. So just keep that in mind. If you want to fill them in, you can. But just keep in mind like the final product. Let's practice accruals with some actual words. What's a good word, a fun word that I could do for you? Let's do Queen. I like round letters you get, you can really get fancy with a Kerberos, right when you started out. And as you can see, I am connecting the big letter to the small letters, but just means Arctic go back depending on how you like to you cuz you can do it differently. I'm just going to be like a very regal cube. Anyways, in there for the last letter in the word, that's, you can always add some more curls. Which automate that went did it look to gray? Actually went back into the word. So I don't know. It just depends. If you like that look and you like it. If you don't, then to ski playing out the way you do. And then the rest of the curls. And you want to add more than login speakers that are alone and don't connect anything. I don't really know, right queen that much though. Yeah, I guess I could look a little bit better. Let's do another word. So here's some swirls. You can just start with the get you going, get it fun. I'm going to do sister. You can go back around and even go back into some of the curls. And keep in mind when you add that. Do they go? You make some bigger, some smaller. That's when you really get that bounce. And that's when it really concerned to look. Then you have to go in and fill in the downstrokes on the words. Or the letters might miss. Again, you can go in the Sharpie right here. You're just sick and tired of filling in the data structure. So remember that you lose some control in the size of the stroke. Therapy. And your class project. I want you to just choose a word of your choice and it gets pretty straightforward. Put it in Barclay modern calligraphy as mucin curls or whatever and make it look fine, pretty, and share it with the class. I love to see them all. Very exciting to be a you would inspire your fellow classmates. Nobody's judging. And as always, you can add more curls if you like. Curls or a process and take long. Like you might not be as good as him as you like at the beginning, but it takes time and Azure hand gets a customer with the movement of flows of strokes. You'll get used to it and it really won't food too hard, you'll get not like you can get your filtered natural after awhile. So just keep that in mind. Like over stress about it on under overthinking. Because it will come to you. And when it does, it'll only worthy. But in the meantime, I just say practice them whenever you can. Try to get as big an extravagant as you like. And just because your hand familiar emotion onto the outro. 6. Outro + Class Project Tips: You all so much for watching this course and sticking around to the, in your real line. Don't worry it to do your class project and share it. Like I said, I would love to see them. Just have fun with the open up your inner creates. A hitter create. Today we'd be better and just use a pin. Any pain you have a home, you can even use different colors. You can try out the Sharpie. It's all good fun and beans don't really triggers my other courses. And I hope I'll see you in the next time. Bye.