Calligraphy for Beginners Using Chisel Tip and Brush Markers

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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 underturn.


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".

Lowercase "C".

Lowercase "D".

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.