Hey friends in this video we're going to be talking about some of the basics of
creating brush lettering and calligraphy. We have a new set called the Calligraphy
Duo and it's great because you can create two totally different styles with
just one marker. So on one side you have a brush tip and you can use pressure to
create different stroke weights on the other side you have a chisel tip and you
can use that to practice more traditional style calligraphy. It also
comes in rainbow colors so you have a ton of creative freedom. So first let's
talk about paper. I typically use HP premium LaserJet it's super smooth and
it won't fray. Your brush pens I also really like grass and craft paper and
OOLY makes an awesome multi paper sketch book called The Paper Works. It
has four different types of paper including graph and craft that you can
try so let's dive into some basics. We'll start with brush lettering and you
want to hold your pen about 45 degrees from the paper. You want to practice your
down stroke and to do that you're going to put pressure on the marker as you're
moving down on the paper and you'll create a thick stroke.So next you'll
want to practice your upstroke and to do that you'll put as little pressure on
the marker as possible while you're moving upward on the paper to create a
thin line. You can also practice other basic strokes so those include
The ascender and descender and crossbar. And once you get those basic strokes you
can use those to create the letter forms. So for example capital "A" is just a
downstroke an overturn and a crossbar. So here's capital "B".
And lowercase "E".
And so once you've mastered those letter forms you can start putting them into
words and with brush lettering you want to make sure that each letter connects
to the next. So for example if I was writing hello I would take the tail of
the "H" and bring it back up to the midpoint pick up my marker and start the
next letter making sure that the to connect.
And you'll do that for each letter.
So after you've mastered brush lettering you can flip the marker over and use the
chisel tip to practice more traditional calligraphy. And for this I like to use
graph paper because you want to make sure that the letters are as uniform as
possible. So we'll start with the down stroke. So you'll want to make sure that
the flat tip is about 45 degrees from the top line and you'll want to make
sure it's completely flat against the paper. So starting with a down stroke it
has three separate parts so you'll go up a little bit down and flick up at the
end. You'll go up down flick up at the end.
And once you get that you'll want to practice making an o-curve of using two
separate steps. So you'll go first to the left and then to the right and two.
And so using these strokes you can form each letter so I'll give you some examples
first we'll do a capital "A". So that's one, two, three, four, five. Capital "B" one, two
three, four and five. Lowercase "C" has one and two.
Lowercase "D" go one, two, three, four and five. And lowercase "E" is one, two and
three. And once you get each letter form down you can move on to putting them
into words and with this style you want to make sure that each down stroke is as
parallel to the next as possible. So if I was writing hello it would look like this.
So both of these styles are super fun and if you go to ooly.com you can pick
up some free downloads of practice sheets and there's one for brush tip, one
for chisel tip and a blank one that you can practice with. And if you practice
and experiment you'll find a style that's just right for you. So make sure
you pick up your calligraphy duo set and start practicing today.