Read my article about making practice fun, where I explain a little more about all of these – and don’t be afraid to experiment!
Modern calligraphy isn’t about making the perfect shapes on your page. It’s about exploring an art form, trying something new and finding your own personality through your writing.
So if you’re a rose-gold on black kind of person, this is how you should practise… be a little flamboyant, spoil yourself, and pop to the shops with gold ink all over your hands and face! You’re a calligrapher now…
I hate letter drills. Writing pages of a single letter isn’t for me – I think focusing to that extent is counter productive, to be honest. So I challenge myself to practise modern calligraphy in a fun way.
I use colour – it brightens my desk and changes the look of my letters. Writing in black ink on white paper is meh. Writing in a metallic pink on black card changes everything.
And I don’t practise letters. I practise words. Quotes are great, song lyrics are better – especially if you play Spotify in the background as you write. A single phrase, song title or line from a chorus becomes a gorgeous piece of calligraphy art – and the motivation to practise more! Here’s how –
Choose your song lyric
Find your best dark A4 paper and a bright calligraphy ink
Draw a rectangle in pencil on the page – about the same size as your phone
Write. Keep the entire phrase inside that rectangle if you can, leaving a wide border around the edge
Find a cheap frame, and frame your lyrics!
Give them to a friend, parent, sibling, lover… see how special a gift your lettering can be!