This blog post is part of my 'master your craft' series where I take time to focus on my creative development. For the month of June I have been spending each day improving my calligraphy handwriting. I love to look back and see all the progress I have made. It goes to show how important it is to practice.
After I got all my supplies most of which I purchased from the expert Calligrapher Laura Hooper and did a little practicing on my own, I then found this great calligraphy course on Modern Calligraphy on Skillshare. I live on Skillshare, it is a great website for creatives to learn something new with instructors who share their tips and even give you a work assignment. Here is an overview of my progress.
Here are some tips I found that helped me improve my calligraphy:
- Use tracing paper. It helps get your hands comfortable with the movement, then use your paper of choice
- Practice and be patient. I was so excited to write all of those pretty words I see but I didn't want to fake it. I had to be patient and learn how to form each letter. The more I practice the better I get
- Learn your own style. I spent hours following the handwriting of someone else, it wasn't until I put my own style into it that I started to feel more comfortable