Keren Duchan

Doodler, Teacher



Brush Lettering

I don't have a waterbrush so I used this small liner brush instead. I tried this out on plain printer paper and that worked okay.


I usually worry that because I'm left handed I can't do brush lettering and calligraphy, but I also know that's not true. So even though I was intimidated to try this out I'm pretty happy with the result. I'd like to try Teela's method of tracing over letters and also look-and-letter. It's easier for me to do one stroke at a time and to sometimes "cheat" and do an upstroke as a thin down stroke. Making curves and changing pressure as I write is still pretty hard. I'll keep practicing :-)

Here I practiced with the same brush, using blue India ink on a piece of paper I painted with acrylic paint:


It's the weekend so I've been practicing for several hours. Here are my practice sheets:



I wasn't looking at any reference font, but mostly relying on how I was taught to write cursive at school. I figured out how to whip the brush around in a circle to get the cursive "l" shape (and also "b" and "f") but "a" took a long while. 

After much practicing, I slowly started to build some confidence and make some progress:



I practiced some more and made the gradient effect that Teela teaches in class. Watching a left handed calligrapher brush lettering video by inkerella helped!


Thanks to Teela's class I found out that I can do this!


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