How to: one simple calligraphy hack you need to know

Lately I have seen so many articles and cool videos on creating customised planners that are a little less ordinary. Cue impossibly cute headers, doodles and you guessed it – calligraphy skills that you could only dream of. Or so you thought. If there’s one thing I took away from all of these posts is that there is one simple calligraphy hack that anyone can do. And no, you don’t need to invest in an expensive calligraphy set!

Downward strokes.

Okay, so if the above heading is all you have read so far then get your mind out of the gutter!

The most simple way to memorise this simple caligrapgy hack is remembering that all downward stokes are to be accentuated.

Think of this example:

For most people the letter ‘o’ will be written in an anti-clockwise motion. This means that you will accentuate the left hand side of the ‘o,’ and by accentuate, I mean thicken. What we are aiming to do is create the effect that the different angles of a real calligraphy pen create.

I would recommend trying it out on your own handwriting style first off. Grab a notepad and write out a word in your usual style, going back to each letter and then thickening the part where a downward stroke was used.

Once you get the hang of it, try out different handwriting styles (Pinterest is really great for some inspo).

I would love to see your calligraphy pics so go ahead and share your style with me on Instagram and Facebook!



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