Starting your calligraphy adventures can be a little daunting at first! However, with a few pointers it is great fun, relaxing and so rewarding to see your own progress.


There is nothing worse than seeing something as a chore! Calligraphy practice is great fun. All the advice that I give to you below will help you to get the most from your calligraphy practice.

1. Find a great space to practise calligraphy

Preferably this is a quiet space in your house where you can concentrate and ‘lose yourself’ in your calligraphy practice. Some of us prefer it to be very quiet, however practising brush pen calligraphy is made super rewarding when listening to some favourite music, the radio or a podcast. You can even practise in front of the television! The beauty of brush pen calligraphy is that you only need paper and a pen to practise with, with the added bonus that brush pen ink dries pretty much instantly.

2. Practise basic strokes

When learning calligraphy you will always start with the basic strokes. When you are practising calligraphy I highly recommend you keep returning to the basic strokes as part of your practice. The more you practise, the better your transitions between thick and thin strokes will be.

3. Practise calligraphy SLOWLY and REGULARLY!

It is so easy to be tempted to go quickly with your calligraphy. Practising slow brush pen strokes means that you will develop an elegance to your basic strokes, letter shapes and words. Practising a little and often means that you will develop good muscle memory – your brain will send the correct signals to your hand to create letters and words. The more regularly you practice calligraphy the greater progress you will make.

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4. Great posture for practising calligraphy

  • Remember to sit up straight rather than hunched over your paper, your back will thank you for this!
  • Whilst you are concentrating you will be tempted to hold your breath – remember to breathe! This will help you to relax and consequently create more stylish basic strokes and letter shapes.
  • Rather than grip the brush pen tightly, hold it fairly lightly in your hand. Relaxing your grip will help you to develop the elegant brush pen calligraphy style that you are looking for.

5. Stop and look

Make sure you regularly stop and take a look at your calligraphy practice. Evaluate what you have created.

  • Are you pleased with it?
  • What could look better?

This is how you learn and progress. Look back at your work and practise the basic strokes/letters/words that you think could look more elegant. By regularly looking at your calligraphy practice you can easily work out what you are good at and what to practice next.

6. Keep a record of your calligraphy practice

It is wonderful to see how your calligraphy practice has improved by keeping a record of this.  Simply keep the occasional piece of calligraphy practice or take photos to catalogue your progress. You won’t regret it, it’s amazing how quickly you progress with regular practice.

7. Mix up your calligraphy practice!

Try experimenting with different types of brush pens, both small and large brush pens. If you are able to, I recommend investing in some colour brush pens to add some variety to your calligraphy. Then it will look so pretty whilst you are practising.

In the Modern Brush Pen Calligraphy Course for Beginners Part One there are two pages packed with ideas for making your calligraphy practice exciting and rewarding.

If you have any questions about the course, please do contact me. I love to chat all things calligraphy!


My final piece of advice? Practice….Practice…...Practice!!

The more regular time you devote, the more practice you get, the more progress you make, the more WOW your calligraphy becomes!!

It just remains for me to say, ENJOY!