Maggie E.

If you are always seeing people write in that really pretty, cursive like font and want to learn how to write like that, then this article is for you. Calligraphy looks like cursive, and almost is, but it requires a certain pen pressure that can be hard to get the hang of. The real key to learning calligraphy is just to practice! Write the alphabet over and over, write out a bunch of your friends names, write all the words you see around you. Whatever you have to write, as long as you practice.

Now, you are probably wondering what I mean by different pen pressures. In calligraphy when writing letters you can see that when the writer makes a downward stroke (drawing a line down) they use more pressure creating a thicker line. But when they make an upward stroke (drawing a line upward) they use less pressure creating a thinner line. This is really the key to calligraphy, that and cursive. Before trying to tackle perfecting pen pressure, teach yourself how to write the alphabet in cursive. 

Here is what the alphabet looks like in calligraphy


Now, like I said, to be able to write the alphabet you have to practice the pen pressures. Here are some things you can do to get better at mastering the upward and downward strokes.


Once you have mastered the pen pressures, you can learn how to apply them to writing the alphabet. Here are walk-throughs of every letter in the alphabet. In these photos, you can see how you write them, and where the different pen pressures are applied. Once you start getting the hang of the alphabet, just write, write, write. It all takes practice and you will get the hang of it!

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