How to Draw With Calligraphy Pens

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Calligraphy, often referred to as artistic writing or word art, is a form of writing that involves using special pens to create artistic letters and beautiful handwriting effects. Calligraphy is a popular hobby and has become an art medium itself. Learning to draw letters and even images with calligraphy isn't difficult, but it does take practice. Once you learn the basic techniques, you can begin to perfect your calligraphy talents to create artistic letters and drawings.

Things You'll Need

  • Calligraphy pen set
  • Paper
  • Purchase an inexpensive set of calligraphy pens to get started. You can purchase a small set that will provide you with a range of pens, nibs and ink. A beginner's set typically includes between five and 10 pens, ink refills and an instruction booklet with examples of how to draw calligraphic letters. You could buy a more expensive set of pens that need to be dipped into ink, but save your money until you're sure you are serious about calligraphy.

  • Refer to the booklet that comes with your pen set, a book from a bookstore or library or even a free online resource to have something to look at while you practice. Drawing calligraphy letters isn't difficult. Even drawing an image with a calligraphy pen isn't difficult. With regular practice and good examples to work from, your skills will improve quickly.

  • Hold your calligraphy pen at a 45 degree angle with the nib resting against the paper. Apply just enough pressure to the paper to bring the ink from the nib. As you begin to draw, maintain the same pressure, turning your wrist left or right, as needed to draw your letters. Avoid breaking contact with the paper unless it is absolutely necessary to form a letter correctly. With proper wrist turning, pressure of the nib on paper should adjust to remain efficient.

  • Thicken letters as needed to bring out a 3-D effect. This can be done by keeping the same 45 degree angle and moving the nib side to side as you add ink to the areas you want to thicken.

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