|Written in calligraphy, words appear to waltz across a page. But don't let the rythmic flourishes and old-world elegance of such lettering fool you. Calligraphy is easy to learn. All you need to do it are a few special tools and a bit of patient practice. Before long, you'll find making letters this way as comfortable as using your best penmanship.|
Combinations of the nine pen strokes at the top of this page make most of the letters in the lowercase alphabet. To create thick strokes, apply pressure to the tip of the nib; for fine lines, lessen the pressure. It is best to draw thick strokes with a downward motion and thin strokes by moving the pen upward. To make a dot (as in the letter i), press the nib into the paper, allowing the ink to pool. Always lift your pen after each stroke. Once you are comfortable with the strokes, combine them to create letters. Take a break every few letters to check your spacing and form.
Loops and scrolls: More free-form and less rule bound than the lowercase alphabet, uppercase lettering allows you to give your script a personal flair. The seven strokes at the top of this page are used in many of the letters. Many uppercase letters cannot be connected to the letters that follow them, which adds to their noble appearance. As for writing numbers, it's important to practice if you'll be calligraphing dates (for example, on a family tree). Use these numerals as models, breaking down each one into individual strokes, as you do for the lowercase letters.