Over the past months I’ve been trying to “master” my calligraphy skills through all kinds of tutorials and stuff. My handwriting was never actually a problem for me; I’ve always been tidy and neat when it came to handwriting. Now that I think about it, I probably have written thousands & thousands of paper sheets during high school, and then college. It’s been actually way easier for me to actually learn something, to memorize it if I had written it, so I had a real many-many-years practice. Nevertheless, it definitely needed some improvements when it came to gift cards signing and all of that. I realized that I can not only use some new handwriting techniques, but I can also very easily find them on the internet, so it was hard to pass this chance.
So, as a beginner myself, I’ve decided to share with you guys some of the simple tips that I’ve picked up along the way & follow to level up my handwriting game.
1. Few Minutes Practice.
…go a long way. Before I start writing down on the actual card or whatever that I plan to use later, I first practice the text on a piece of paper. Just to loosen up my hand a bit, to practice my moves & get into it.
2. Pencil First.
Before writing the text down with a pen or brush or whatever it is that can’t be erased or quite fixed, I write it with a pencil. The thing here is to write it down as smoothly and gently as possible, so that it’ll be easier to erase it later (should you need to). I think that I never got it just right from the first try, and there were times when lots of the F-word were used, but hey, they were censored. And there were no children around. So…
3. Pen over Pencil.
Once I’m satisfied with how the letters look, I write over them with a pen. Even tough most of the time, if not always, the letters are not all perfect; some are bigger, others are higher and so on, it’s all good!
I try to be precise & just stick within the pencil-lines, which usually doesn’t happen. And then this bean-sized dude yells “RUBBER ERASER”.
4. The actual improvement here.
As I said, my actual personal handwriting style, while a bit different then this here, is not that bad. What I’ve learned here is to connect the letters in a relaxed & sort of flowing way, and just accent the lines of the letters where my hand & pen go downwards. It’s actually pretty simple & fun. And, of course useful. Think birthday cards, jolly season well-wishing-s, invitations, name tags, a quote that touched you written all nicely, framed & hanged on that empty wall.. Useful!
I hope that this was helpful & inspiring. And also, have a great weekend y’all.