Creating calligraphy is often an overlooked area of creativity, but if you want to try it out here’s how!
You will need:
- A ruler
- Permanent Ink
- Nibbed drawing pen
- Gouache paint
- Sticky tape
- Chisel-tip black marker
- A flat-edged paintbrush
- Old cloths or towels
- Tape your paper to the table to keep it steady.
- Work on a slanted desk if possible.
- Give yourself plenty of room.
- Make sure you’re comfortable.
- Don’t keep your ink right next to the paper, but it keep it within reach with the rest of your tools.
Tape two pencils together with tape, hold them at a 45 degree angle and practice making marks.
Filling Your Pen.
Using your brush, paint a horizontal line of ink or gouache paint across the pen’s nib. Never dip your pen straight into the ink pot!
Before Your Start:
- Put on some old clothes that you don’t mind getting ink on.
- Sit comfortably.
- Cover your lap with some old towels or cloths.
Preparing Your Paper:
- Draw your baseline. Align your ruler with the top of your paper, draw a line at the bottom of the ruler and you have your baseline.
- Create a nib ladder. This is for measuring the size and height of your letters. Place your pen parallel with the baseline and make square, then form ten of these squares.
- Draw the X-height. A typical italic typeface is 4-5 nib heights.
- Draw the ascender and descender. From your x-height draw 4-5 nib heights above and below.
- Draw the cap-height. This is the height of the capitals in your calligraphy, it is a line between the x-height and the ascender.
When you’re fully prepared you can practice using some of the letters in this infographic until you feel confident enough to begin creating your own calligraphy.
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