Post # 1
Has anyone learned calligraphy in a relatively short time? I’d like to learn in order to address the invitations and for the place cards and other signage as well. I have fairly neat handwriting and I’m somewhat artistic. I’m going to Michael’s this weekend to buy a few different pens to get started and maybe some practice books as well. There’s a million tutorials and guides online, are there any that anyone has had success with? I like a more modern look as opposed to traditional italic calligraphy.
Post # 2
HasToBe : I was learning myself with tutorials I printed off the internet. But theeeen, I came across a post about a Bee who printed her envelopes in a calligraphy font–very light, light ink. She traced them all with a calligraphy pen and they were gorgeous. So I did the same! While I don’t think that they’re super professional looking or anything, I do think that they look pretty good for someone who had zero experience. And it cost me nothing but the $3 for the pen. If you want to go this route, check out dafont.com for free calligraphy fonts thtat you can download.
Post # 3
Same here bee: I have some artistic background, and nice handwriting, but I’m not a professional nor do I normally practice calligraphy . I bought some pens and am going to try to address my own save the dates
Post # 4
I learned modern calligraphy!!! I’m not artistic at all and my handwriting is horrible but I somehow managed to learn it. I took Amanda Arneill’s intro to brush lettering course. I absolutely love it! Such an expensive but fun hobby.
Post # 5
Yes! My MOH actually got me a “box set” for beginners as a Christmas gift. I noticed Michael’s had multiple to choose from as well. Just a tip, I ended up having to buy a new pen and got one from Michael’s that I could suck up the ink and just continue writing without having to dip every so often. It was REALLY nice for addressing my save the dates! Took way less time! Oh, and I received many compliments even though I’m a newbie. Good luck!
Post # 6
maybee17 : can you share which pen you bought? I was just at Michaels today looking at all their pens!
Post # 8
emilymychal : Sorry, I didnt know how to directly reply on my phone last night, but I posted a picture above. Hope this helps!
Post # 9
I took leasons!! You can actually some fonts very quickly. Some of the harder ones, like old English, I never mastered.
Post # 10
I highly recommend ordering the Beginners kit from Laura Hooper Calligraphy! She has very high quality stuff. When I started I went to Michaels first and thought I got good stuff, but then I got frustrated easily and could tell it wasn’t “modern” calligraphy. I searched and found Laura Hooper on instagram and she is amazing! I practice at least once a week, maybe 2 or 3 times if I’m not busy.
Post # 11
HasToBe : I learned! I did my invitations! It took me about two months. I downloaded The Postman’s Knock Learn for a Latte tutorial and took her advice regarding tools (what you find at Michaels is not great and you’ll likely get frustrated pretty quickly). Here’s a link: https://thepostmansknock.com/
and here’s some of my envelopes:
Post # 12
I cheated and used these instructions:
Easy DIY Calligraphy for Your Wedding Invitations
This is how they came out:
Post # 13
I’m printing mine on the computer but my crowd just rips opens the evelopes and pitches them, so I didn’t want to waste hours of my time! Props to everyone who has the patience to hand write them all out! It truly looks beautiful!