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Craft trend: Calligraphy

Calligraphy practice with a guide
Calligraphy practice with a guide
Jordan Rutledge Lee

It seems as of late anything handwritten or done in calligraphy has been all over Pinterest. This particular craft trend may look intimidating, but is actually really attainable. Keep in mind that bad penmanship doesn't mean you will be bad at calligraphy. Below are a few simple tips on how to get begin the exploration of this trend.

Attend a class

Fortunately in this modern age there are many online tutorials. Brit + Co offers an introductory session with Lauren Essl of Blue Eye Brown Eye for the affordable price of $19.99. Blue Eye Brown Eye also offers classes in-person in a variety of cities. Additionally, YouTube is an excellent resource for picking up any new skill and this one is no different.

Get the right tools

While many calligraphy tools can be picked up at fine arts retailers, online retailers like Paper Ink and Arts are a great place to begin. You'll need a pen, nibs, ink and tracing paper to practice. A guide or grid is recommended for beginners as well.

Set up your space

A large flat surface is required for practicing calligraphy. Make sure there is plenty of room to spread out and move your arms. Avoid having any food or drinks nearby and remember calligraphy ink stains. It's best to have a mat or extra paper under your work space to avoid damaging furniture.

When all else fails, fake it

If you don't have the time or resources to dedicate to learning calligraphy, a similar look can be achieved with regular pens. Just apply the basic principle of making down strokes appear thicker and up strokes appear thinner. Jones Design Company provides an excellent tutorial for creating faux calligraphy.

With holidays swiftly approaching, now is a great time to pick up this skill. Handwritten notes and cards are always on-trend and this skill can carry over to a plethora of other crafting projects.

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