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Brush Pen Calligraphy


Brush pen calligraphy is where I started my calligraphy journey and while I struggled at the beginning it is now something that I am quite comfortable with. It does take some time to learn, but a little bit of practice can go a long way; just be sure to be consistent and don’t quit! After seeing results, you will feel so rewarded and proud to have mastered a new craft. If you are already confident in your faux calligraphy skills or if you would like to dive straight into brush pen calligraphy I hope this blog helps you!

Before beginning, review my previous blog about calligraphy essentials here https://www.calligraphybyvanessa.com/post/calligraphy-essentials to ensure you have everything you need! With your paper laying on a flat surface, hold your brush pen at a 45 degree angle. Below is a photo of what your paper and pen should look like while writing.

When you first start, try exclusively practicing drills to make sure you understand how to apply and release pressure on down and up strokes. Click on the tab “free resources“ and download my PDF file that can be printed for practicing some of my favorite drills. You can trace directly from these sheets, or you can purchase tracing paper to add on top of the drill sheets and trace from there. Be sure to practice each drill slowly so that you really gain muscle memory of each stroke form. The up strokes will be a bit shaky at first and may not look too thin, don’t let this discourage you and keep pushing on!

After gaining confidence with your drills, it will be time to move onto lowercase letters. I also have a downloadable file for practicing letters in the ”free resources” tab (named ”Alphabet”). Keep in mind, the lowercase letters in the PDF are not in order, because you will be learning them from the least to most difficult. I still strongly encourage that you warm up with drills before practicing the lowercase alphabet (or anything else). When practicing, try not to hold onto the brush pen too tight, allow yourself to relax, and have as much fun as possible! I know it may be frustrating at first if the letters don’t look perfect, but remember this is not something that is learned instananeously and it does take time.

Next, comes the uppercase letters which will be in order due to the shapes of the letters. They are so much more simple than the lowercase that it will feel like a breeze to master them!

Finally, you’ve gone through all the drills and learned the upper and lowercase alphabet. It’s time for words and phrases! The trickiest part about writing words (or phrases) when learning calligraphy is keeping in mind the amount of space you have. This is where having a ruler really comes in handy, I recommend drawing lines out for your letters to all be the same size and making sure you don’t run out of space! The basics from practicing drills and individual letters will still be applied so be sure to take your time with carefully drawing out each letter.

If you download and use any of my printables, or create something with the information from this blog, please feel free to tag me on instagram @calligraphybyvanessa I would love to see your progress! As always, thank you for following along! Next time I am going to go over some fun and easy backgrounds for calligraphy pieces! I hope to see you then.


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