Calligraphy – a comprehensive guide

Hi, everyone! Today I’m going to be talking about a new hobby I found; calligraphy. Calligraphy can be made with any writing utensil ranging from a pencil, a ballpoint pen, or a brush pen designed for calligraphy. I’m going to be talking about all the different places that you can find calligraphy writing utensils and why I like calligraphy. I’ll also tell you why calligraphy is useful in your day to day life. The best part is that I’ll be sharing some products in the calligraphy field.

OK, let’s begin. You may be wondering what exactly is calligraphy, and why you should try it. Well, calligraphy is a fancy form of writing generally practiced with a brush pen. There is also faux calligraphy that is made with a regular pen. Calligraphy is pretty much a fancy form of cursive writing or lettering where you apply a heavier force on the downstroke to create an interesting effect.  Calligraphy has been rising all over the place, especially on Pinterest. I suggest you look it up.

Calligraphy can also be called hand lettering, brush lettering, or brush calligraphy. Basically, there are tons of names for the same thing. Calligraphy has lots of uses. It’s an ornate writing method that can be used day to day. That’s why I suggest getting a brush pen as this will be less time consuming than faux calligraphy.

Calligraphy can be used to write quotes or label the front of a letter to send in the mail. Calligraphy can also be used as a form of basic writing, as all it is is a fancy cursive font with dips and such. Just be careful that if you’re writing with calligraphy as a form of writing that you know how much your pen bleeds…

I was very into calligraphy a while ago, but for some reason, I never blogged about it. Well, I found that calligraphy utensils can be found anywhere. You can use a pen for something called faux calligraphy, which technically isn’t the same thing but produces the same results. You just need to write the letters in cursive, then thicken the down strokes.

This was what I’de been using for a while before I found alternatives. I found gel pens and multi-liners work best. But my favorite pen for this is my trusty Uniball pen. You can find it here if you want to try calligraphy at a lower price via faux calligraphy. These are also great all around pens, and art pens, so I suggest getting these anyways. I prefer them to multi-liners, but you can also use these Copic multi-liners that I want to try or these Pigma Microns that come with a brush pen for the later step. I suggest getting the Pigmas as they have a brush pen. (and a brush wanna be)

For brush calligraphy, I found a brush pen set I already owned, but I didn’t expect it. I found some sharpie fabric markers with brush pens. I was looking at the price on Amazon, they’re so much cheaper than actual brush pens! They’re really great, and luckily they don’t bleed. You can try them out here. These sharpies are other ones that aren’t fabric markers, and ones that I don’t have, but I think they’re a cheap price so I may pick them up. If you’re interested, find them here.

Now, for the fun part. The actual brush pens. The other day my friend saw my calligraphy talent and dropped a Copic marker in my hands. I immediately loved it. I will say, though, it’s hard to control the thickness as the brush is really soft. But you do get used to it, and when you do, they produce better results than the Sharpies. (although it’s easier to control the sharpies)

The Copics are expensive, but I love them. However, they bleed so much, it makes me sad. 😦 The copics also have a highlighter on the other end, which makes them even more desirable. But, the price is sky high. This 12 box is currently over $60! And this 72 box is over $200 dollars! However, a multi-liner brush is only $5. Find it here. Or the $10 gassenfude here.

I really want to try Tombow pens. I’m not sure if I ever will, but they look so good. They don’t bang your buck as much as Copics, and they look great. It’s $12 for 10 in a basic set, or $15 in a bright set. The bright set is here and the basic set is here.

In conclusion, I love calligraphy because of its wonderful look and effect. I sincerely think you should try it out, and purchase some of the products in this post. If you do, please tell me in the comments how you like them! I hope to so some of your wonderful designs soon.


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