What are some blooming calligraphy tips
How do I teach myself calligraphy - and is it even possible without a workshop or course?
You see a beautiful script that was written with ink and pen and immediately fall for the idea of wanting to learn calligraphy? Is that you? Or maybe you are like me back then and you want to add depth to your written words so that your texts are presented even more dignified? Either way, the gift of calligraphy was and is a great blessing in my life, because so many relationships were created through written communication, even my independence was made possible - who would have thought that.
Today there are so many ways Modern calligraphy To be able to learn independently, which was really difficult at the time in 2013. I wanted to get started, but didn't know how, quite apart from the fact that I didn't have the right material and I just didn't want to take part in a dry adult education course.
So I decided to take the rocky road and, as an autodidact, taught myself the font that I liked so much, namely that Anglaise in the modern interpretation.
Is it possible to teach yourself calligraphy? Yes of course, I am the living example. But let me be honest about it right away, it's like learning an instrument without a music teacher. The comparison is pretty close. You have the piano (ohh ... I should be practicing again !!), the notes, the metronome and then the real tricky fun begins to bring everything into harmony.
The difficulty of calligraphy is the complexity, the interaction of many individual components: Pen, pen holder, ink, papers, attitude, font and much more. If the activity only depended on one component, the path would be many times easier. But it is doable and with these 7 tips you can shorten your apprenticeship tremendously:
1. Know the font you want to learn
At the beginning my biggest problem was that I had the mistake of thinking “calligraphy is calligraphy”. But similar to different languages, each font requires different material. So that you can choose the right material later, you first have to be aware of which script you want to learn. In my courses we learn that modern interpretation of the English cursive "Anglaise" with the pointed pen. The following book by Stefanie Weigele fits in perfectly!
2. The right material
Assuming you enjoy English cursive, as I do, then you need pointed or drawing pens, i.e. nibs that are very pointed at the front.
Did you know that all of my newsletter readers automatically receive a guide with my favorite materials ?! Sign up here and minimize your frustration, because the right material is extremely important for the complex hobby, which consists of so many different components such as ink, paper, pen and pen.
How I would have loved to have had this abbreviation back then, because so often I was in the store and was mercilessly overwhelmed. But I am happy to pass this knowledge on for free, because nobody should feel like me back then.
3. Practice using instructional videos
Unfortunately, with the right material, practice only begins and that is the hardest point. Immediately you want beautiful results and you don't pay attention to the correct posture or make little effort to examine fonts after they have been built. For this reason, I think it's important to deal with the basics right from the start. I can personally recommend the Skillshare platform, where there are numerous high-quality videos that show what you have to pay attention to, e.g. regarding the right posture. Of course, books are also totally good and recommendable, such as modern calligraphy from A to Z, but in a video you can simply see the details better and that's the best way to learn.
If this doesn't work, there are still my numerous workshops on the subject of calligraphy here!
4. Use exercise sheets
The internet is (now) full of great calligraphy material when it comes to practicing. You can also find great exercise sheets in my shop, both as a PDF download or as a bound exercise book! Thinking up calligraphy exercises yourself is not easy, but with the help of ready-made alphabets or swing exercises, it works much better.
5. Start very small
This point is actually a matter of course, but still hardly anyone has the patience to practice an “A” 30 times, rather in our impatience one wants to write a stylish greeting card right away. But my ability would not be as developed for a long time if I hadn't given the very, very small elements of the script space to improve. Examine one letter at a time, first the small letters, which are usually easier to write, then the capital letters.
6. Sketch and use tools
Sketching is so important because, especially at the beginning, your head cannot implement the complicated technique and path of the pen at the same time. To this day I sketch out a lot with pencil, which is absolutely invisible in the end with high-quality papers, because Indian ink is erasable. My advice: You can practice and trace lines on greaseproof paper or transparency paper! This saves you having to sketch.
7. Persevere and use your pen in everyday life !!!
An instrument is not learned overnight and the pen is a kind of writing instrument that is supposed to spark sounds in the reader. I have been writing with the pen for 4 years now and have only recently been really happy with my writing. But if I had stopped writing out of shame about my imperfect works, then that would not have been possible. The nice thing is that you can always use calligraphy very practically in everyday life to make your fellow human beings happy, e.g. by making small gifts. Use every opportunity that is available to practice and love - especially at the beginning - the quirks, wobbles, blots and imperfections. You learn a trade and chips fall.
I hope this post has sparked the desire in you to take a closer look at calligraphy and for those who would rather take part in a workshop: I'm sure I'll be close to you soon!
And don't forget: I have the extensive starter set in my shop so that you can start your new hobby right away!
The pictures for the contribution come from the last calligraphy workshop in Lüdinghausen in the Floralen Manufaktur and were photographed by the talented Iris Domikowsky // Schlüsselmoment, who is often a great help to me.
It was a wonderful day with so many lovely participants.
Good luck with your practice, your Jeannette
Cake: Annemarie Frenke from Kleines Fräulein Cupcake
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