How to Learn Calligraphy in 5 Days | Back to Basics

How to Learn Calligraphy in 5 Days - learn calligraphy on your own with this step-by-step series & free printables

Happy Friday! You know what that means – it’s time to learn calligraphy! Today, we’re getting back to basics. When you first learned how to write in elementary school, you used lined paper & started with basic strokes. The same applies when learning calligraphy. Today, we’re going to get used to the feeling of writing with the pen, learn how to apply the pressure that results in beautiful strokes, & practice, practice, practice!

It’s time to get out your practice grid, tracing paper, pen, ink & damp paper towel {to blot excess}.

How to Learn Calligraphy in 5 Days - learn calligraphy on your own with this step-by-step series & free printables

1. Start with straight down strokes. This will help you get used to the feeling of it. Do a line without applying pressure, followed by a line with light pressure {don’t get too carried away}. Notice that you get different thicknesses according to how much pressure you apply.

How to Learn Calligraphy in 5 Days - learn calligraphy on your own with this step-by-step series & free printables

How to Learn Calligraphy in 5 Days - learn calligraphy on your own with this step-by-step series & free printables

2. Let’s practice upstrokes. Create a loop {letter “l”} without pressure going up & light pressure going down. Fill a sheet or two with these beauties!

How to Learn Calligraphy in 5 Days - learn calligraphy on your own with this step-by-step series & free printables

How to Learn Calligraphy in 5 Days - learn calligraphy on your own with this step-by-step series & free printables

Now if you’ll recall, I’m learning with you, so don’t judge! I’m sharing one of my practice sheets so you can see the strokes. Madi was pretty impressed with my “l’s”! Okay, she was just being nice, but we all have to start somewhere! Just remember, it takes practice to perfect, don’t be scared to lift your pen, & this is just our first lesson.

How to Learn Calligraphy in 5 Days - learn calligraphy on your own with this step-by-step series & free printables

These basics may not seem like much, but they’re essential to learn before you develop a style of your own. You’ll come to appreciate how each letter is formed. The next 2 weeks are much more intense, so get ready for some fun!

How to Learn Calligraphy in 5 Days - learn calligraphy on your own with this step-by-step series & free printables

How to Learn Calligraphy in 5 Days - learn calligraphy on your own with this step-by-step series & free printables

You won’t want to miss a lesson, so subscribe here & have them sent directly to your inbox. Thanks to Emmy Ray of Handmaker of Things for the gorgeous flowers, Jenny Wheat for photographing my journey & of course, Madi Sanders for teaching me!

Learn calligraphy from the comfort of your home with this step-by-step tutorial at julieblanner.com

The series, in order:

How to Learn Calligraphy

Getting Started

Back to Basics

The Calligraphy Alphabet

Practice Words

Practice Makes Perfect

Calligraphy Resources & Left Handed Calligraphy

Minuscules & Numerals

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