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How to start Calligraphy // Doodle with me


Hello lovelies! So as you can probably already tell from my Bullet Journal, I am a huge lover of all things calligraphy and lettering and lately I've been practising even more with ink-pens and paints whenever I'm bored. I've always been that girl at school with 'the nice handwriting' but it's mainly because I just find it so therapeutic to do - and once you get started, really easy too! I guess I'll let the photos speak for themselves really in this post, taking you through how I like to do calligraphy, as well as rambling about everything else that's going on in my life right now. Because blogging is therapeutic too right?

It's been a week since I got back from my roadtrip this Summer and while it was amazing and I did so much, I feel like my Summer has whizzed past in such a blur. Suddenly I'm in year 10, back for my first day of school today (yikes) and that's bringing on a whole new list of worries that make a carefree day I spent in Amsterdam feel like forever ago. The school-work is going to be intense this year, with the start of GCSE's for me, and piles of homework that I'll end up with for sure by the end of the week and I guess I'm just having those end-of-summer blues that basically every teen gets. I always like to plan stuff and so going into completely new situations scares me - both friends and school- especially since I'll be juggling blogging and all the school work at the same time and I have no idea how that will turn out.


It's a moments like this though when I end up doodling, probably with a youtube video playing in the background and a cup of tea next to me...
My calligraphy style is pretty much a jumble of fonts and lettering I've seen on tumblr and pinterest, but I love the 'brush-script' sort of lettering as well as playing around with paints. Any one can experiment with calligraphy, all you need to do is find a calligraphy alphabet you like online, grab a fountain pen and practice. Some are easier than others, but in this post you can see an example and little inspo post of how I do mine and it really is so simple. Anyone can be that person 'with the neat handwriting' haha! 

01) First draw out your words in pencil, following the style of the calligraphy alphabet you've chosen - or even make up one of your own.

02) Evenly go over the letters with a wide-nib fountain pen.
03) With the pen, add a double outline to the downward stroke of each letter. When you're done it should have an almost 3d effect.

04) Then fill in those outlines with the ink to create a brush-script font like I've done. 



QOTD: WHAT YEAR ARE YOU GOING INTO AT SCHOOL? (if you are)
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27 comments

  1. My handwriting is literally the worst. Haha. I have always wanted to try calligraphy though because like I like new things pretty much. It looks like you are amazing at it!

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    1. Haha all it takes is practice I guess <3

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  2. I've always loved calligraphy, but I never had the patience to actually try it, but your post is making it very tempting to try again! Love it X

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  3. oh my god. I'm so happy someone wrote a post like this!! I've really wanted to know how you start Calligraphy! it looks beautiful! I'm bookmarking this page girl! thank you! and your calligraphy looks beautiful! Great post as always! xx

    sami / samiyah.co.uk

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    1. Aweee I'm so glad you liked it Samiyah! xx

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  4. I've always wanted to try calligraphy! I'm a teacher so I like to think my handwriting is pretty good!
    Robyn // http://www.midnightandlace.co.uk/

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    1. I bet it is aha! What with your completely aesthetically pleasing blog Robyn x

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  5. My handwriting is so so bad! I am also left handed so you can only imagine the disaster went ink or paint is involved! I would love to start calligraphy though coz it is so so beautiful! xx corinne

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    1. Ooo yep it is pretty difficult all the smudges that come with being left-handed! Ty x

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  6. This is beautiful! I love the idea of calligraphy but when it comes down to it, I'm so bad at it! It was a few years ago now since I last tried it though so maybe I'll be better now haha! Lovely and original post!

    Hannah | alongsidehannah.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. Your calligraphy looks great. I've always wanted to try it out, but never really knew where to start, so this post really helped.xx

    Sophie's Spot

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  8. You're really talented! Love the use of colour here too :)

    Anika xo | anikamay.co.uk

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    1. Awe ty I love messing about with inks and paints x

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  9. Your calligraphy is beautiful I've only recently started my bullet journal 📓 very excited to do more now

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    1. Thanks! Oo it's so perfect for bullet journalling x

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  10. This looks so pretty I've always been interested in calligraphy but I'm not particularly artistic! Good luck with the GCSE work you'll be fine I've just finished mine and I've started A levels

    Ellie
    www.headintheclouds.me.uk

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    1. Thanks so much, I'm really nervous x

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  11. I love the way you've taken those pictures! Ink pens are my weakness!

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  12. Ooh I love this! I'm currently practicing calligraphy myself so it's really helpful to see how other people do it too! Thank you for sharing :)

    Reema | Stationery Blogger
    www.aumsome.co.uk

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    1. I totally agree! Would love to see more posts like this myself x

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  13. Ooh I love this! I've always wanted to try out calligraphy; I'm the same as you - I've always been the one with nice handwriting! If you could recommend some beginner's tools (pens, paper, colours etc) that would be so useful!

    Alice x | www.invocati.co.uk

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    1. Thanks! My favourite black ink pens would have to be the MUJI 0.7 pens or just plain old Uniball ones xx

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  14. love this post it's super creative! I've been practicing the faux calligraphy for a while because Im absolutely hopeless at the traditional style haha. Yours is really impressive though & makes me want to try harder!

    Sheena || sheenakhu.com

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Thank you, all your lovely comments make me smile!