If you’ve been checking out my Instagram lately you’ll see I’m slightly obsessed with making calligraphy and lettering quotes and sayings. But I didn’t go at it alone! I’ve spent hours, days and weeks looking and searching for free resources to get me started. I have since paid for some classes, but first I wanted to see if this was something worth investing in. I first bought the book Creative Lettering and Beyond: Inspiring tips, techniques, and ideas for hand lettering your way to beautiful works of art (Creative…and Beyond). This was a great book to learn the basics and had a couple of projects at the end. I could write in the book too. I’ll be able to go back and see how horrible I was when I first started!
I knew it was going to take more than a book to get the creative juices flowing. So, I started searching. I found some amazing women and started
stalking following them and their blogs. If you’re getting into lettering and calligraphy, you too need to follow these lovely ladies… they know what they’re talking about!
These are a few of my favorite Calligraphers and Lettering Pros!
- Dawn Nicole– This woman has got it going on! She has a ‘30 Days to Better Brush Lettering‘ guide on her website FOR FREE, people!!! She breaks down each letter and you just print out the worksheet and practice each one at your own pace. Want to see how she’s doing each letter? Well, you’re in luck because she also has a video link next to each worksheet! Dawn has other lettering worksheet freebies, flourishes worksheet, swashes plus a free Art & Lettering Class! Life saver!
- Lindsey Bugbee– Lindsey has a great walkthrough on how to get started with calligraphy by mastering faux calligraphy (which is how I started). She even tells you all the tools of the trade, how to clean, assemble, and hold a real dip pen. She also has a couple printable worksheets for practicing your calligraphy. Lindsey has a section on her blog where she creates cards, envelopes, gift tag, Halloween stationary etc. and walks you through how to make each one. Love it, need it!
- Jessica from Pretty Prints and Paper– She is super helpful and has compiled the most helpful calligraphy and brush lettering worksheets from various Calligraphers. She has great videos showing how to do different types of lettering, for example, Serif, script, brush letters. I really love that her brush lettering is step by step and she only does 3-4 letters at a time. Plus she’ll give you ideas for different styles you can try!
There really are so many beautiful calligraphers, but these are the ladies that inspired me when I first started. They were generous enough to spend their time putting together printable guides, tutorials and blog posts about how to get started on Calligraphy and how to continue to make it better. And I am truly grateful to them. I feel like beautiful writing is my calling. I’ve never felt this way about anything. It’s what I think about when I wake up, at work, and when I go to bed. Not to mention that it has helped my depression tremendously. Just looking at a finished piece of work and sharing it with others is truly satisfying.
What quote would you love to see in Calligraphy? Let me know in the comments below!
♥ Dawn Nicole’s Art + Design HERE (Good free printables)