Project: Calligraphy Practice

Originally published February 27, 2018

My mom has commissioned a poem in calligraphy, so over the weekend I used a Postman’s Knock tutorial to test out just how rusty my skills have gotten. The tutorial starts with faux calligraphy, which is created by drawing calligraphy-style letters with a regular ball point or gel pen. At first glance I thought it would be easy, but it’s actually twice the work! The thick lines that can be drawn in one stroke with a calligraphy marker or dip pen instead have to be marked out with two parallel lines and filled in. Long story short: it’s very time consuming.

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The first three letters are included as reference, letters 4 and 5 are traced and then filled in, and the final 5 numbered spaces are done freehand. As you can see, I had a significant amount of trouble getting the slant quite right. I tend to draw them more upright, which then throws off the spacing. (I always have trouble with spacing!) But practice makes perfect, and by the end of the alphabet, I didn’t feel quite so out of my element:

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Still not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but looking a lot better! Some muscle memory finally kicked in and helped me out, I think. I’ll admit I found the exercises addicting – I only had them scheduled for Saturday afternoon, but I ended up working on them whenever I found a free moment all weekend.

I’ll finish this workbook, and by that point, I think I’ll be ready to tackle the poem project. I can’t wait to share the final product with you!

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