How to Do Brush Lettering + Calligraphy. Learn the difference, watch the video lessons, download some free worksheets, and get practicing!
How to Do Brush Lettering + Calligraphy
Brush Lettering + Calligraphy take some practice but are so much fun! First, let’s chat about the difference between lettering and calligraphy.
Lettering is the art of drawing letters. For example, you may use faux calligraphy to achieve a calligraphic style.
Brush Calligraphy, by contrast, is created by using pressure to create a calligraphic style of letters and words. Typically, it is done with a dip pen or brush pen/marker.
Brush Lettering + Calligraphy: Getting Started
A video look at the supplies I use and recommend.
The Basic Strokes
On the upstrokes, you use light pressure and on the down strokes, you use heavier pressure. I’ll demonstrate this in a video below.
As I mentioned in the first video, using the proper paper keeps your brush tips in great condition so look for ultra-smooth paper designed for use with brush pens and markers.
My favorites are:
- Rhodia Dot Pad
- Canson Marker Paper
- Copic X-Press It Paper
- Watercolor Paper: Hot Press is smoother than Cold Press so opt for the hot press!
- Copy Paper: HP Premium Choice Laserjet Paper
Holding the Brush Pen
You can really hold your pen however it is comfortable for you, but one thing you need to do is hold it at a roughly 45-degree angle, as demonstrated in the video lesson.
Free Practice Sheets
Practice definitely makes progress, so I share a TON of free printable practice sheets here on the blog. I suggest printing these and trying to do at least one sheet per day until you are comfortable with using pressure to create the calligraphic lettering style.
- Basic Strokes for Small Brush Pens
- Basics Strokes for Large Brush Pens
- Practice Sheet Archives
- Join my free Happy Email Club and you’ll get an exclusive new free practice sheet + lettering tips every single month!
From the Lettering Shop!
30 Days of Drills Workbook
This workbook is perfect for busy beginners who want to learn the art of Brush Calligraphy.
Commit to doing just one worksheet every day for 30 days and keep track of your progress with the included checklist!
30 Days of ABCs for Small Brush Pens
The second workbook in the 30 Day series. Pop over and read all the amazing reviews!
Want more video lessons?
I started a new video series on Brush Calligraphy Basics in the Summer of June 2019. Watch the lesson on Video A/a below, then subscribe to my YouTube Channel to watch all the coming lessons for each letter of the alphabet!