Calligraphy Lettering Techniques

Calligraphy & Lettering Techniques

Before we begin, it is important to understand the difference between Calligraphy and Lettering and also their importance in today’s culture. Though these two terms are used synonymously, there is a difference – Calligraphy is the practice (or art) of writing beautifully while Lettering is the art of illustrating individual letters. Lettering is the broader variant often used to draw letters rather than write letters whereas calligraphy is more likely to be used in longer pieces of writing.

Now, Irrespective of the type of writing, you must make sure that you are pressing hard on the downstrokes and light on the upstrokes. This is the perhaps Calligraphy 101, you will be very cognizant with this technique initially but after a while, you will get used to it and will come naturally. Before we describe the various styles of writing, you must be aware of the tools that you will be needing to get started with this art form-

  • Plain paper with no texture or patterns
  • Small Ruler
  • Brush pens
  • Pencil
  • Classic dip pens (and ink)
  • Fine Liner
  • Marker

All these various tools will be needed at different times and strokes while writing and can be very important and powerful tools in your bag. Now that you have what you need, let’s begin.

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