5 Modern Calligraphy Tutorials



Calligraphy is a stunning and fulfilling craft that takes practice to master. Whilst at first this can seem daunting, it really is easy to get started, and there are tonnes of resources out there to help! Calligraphy requires delicacy and patience, two skills that are worth refining in this day and age of instant gratification. High quality hand drawn notes provide a much needed human touch to our correspondence. 

There has been a huge resurgence in the popularity of calligraphy in the last couple of years, and it has been very much adapted from its archaic origins. This is why we are bringing you 5 modern calligraphy tutorials to get you started.



  1. The Beginner’s Guide to Modern Calligraphy by Lindsey at The Postman’s Knock  »

Get the initial low-down on modern calligraphy with Lindsey’s comprehensive guide, from assembling your dip pen to practicing the correct grip. Lindsey’s blog is an invaluable resource for those interested in embarking upon a Calligraphic journey, and offers loads of printable worksheets to practice specific strokes and shapes. Have a look at the new Manuscript Round Hand Set » for an idea of the array of nibs available, and the different strokes that each will create.



2. Faux Calligraphy – Learn How to Create Gorgeous Lettering the Easy Way by Shelby at Little Coffee Fox »

Faux Calligraphy is the art of using regular pens to create the illusion of weighted calligraphy nibs. It is the best way to practice drawing consistent letter forms, and allows you to understand the physics behind the weighting of each stroke before embarking upon more specialist equipment. These Manuscript Callicreative Duo Tip Pens » are the perfect set to get you started in creating vibrant faux calligraphy.


3. Blackletter Calligraphy for Beginners – Basic Strokes and Tips by Richard at Calligrascape »

Blackletter may seem out of place in this line up, but in fact it has had a large resurgence in the Graphic Design world recently. Each letter is a celebration of shape and form when taken out of it’s historical context. Follow the above tutorial to see how to get started in creating this immediately recognisable script.


4. How to Get Your Letters to Have that Bounce by Alyssa at Lyss Tyler Letters »

Once you’ve become confident in creating consistent letter forms, why not begin to drift and resize certain parts of words in order to play with composition and emphasis? Having fun with this craft is easy, and there’s always room to stretch the basic guidelines that are important to initially learn. Have a read through the post above by Alyssa for some great tips and tricks on getting that ever-coveted ‘bounce’ in your lettering!


5. How to Foil your Lettering by Molly at Poppy + Mint Design »

Foiling is something you can count on to elevate the design of…well, anything! Why not follow the above tutorial to find out how you can use Embossing Ink » with either Gold Glitter Embossing Powder » or Gold Gilding Flakes » to place foil directly onto your hand drawn letting? The results are stunning!



*Bonus Tip* “Won’t somebody please think of the lefties?!” I hear roughly 10% of you cry! Fear not, as a lefty myself I know how frustrating it can be to take time over a piece of writing only to smudge it into an incoherent mess with your hand. Thankfully, Dawn at By Dawn Nicole has written a post of Lefty Tips for Hand Lettering and Calligraphy » after adapting the way that she draws letter forms to suit her left-handedness.



For something a bit different, take a look at the book Learn to Draw Calligraphy Animals written by Andrew Fox ». This book will take your newly-found control of a nib to the next level by showing you step-by-step how to create stylised animal illustrations.


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