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I’m Lucy Fink and this week is five days of calligraphy hey guys it’s Lucy what’s up before we get started please comment below with your five day challenge suggestions for me and if you’re new to our YouTube channel and you haven’t subscribed yet click right here and subscribe now and I’m gonna wait until you do that before we move on okay thank you a whole bunch of you suggested on previous videos that I try five days of calligraphy and I got weirdly excited by the topic because it sort of reminded me of when I did my bullet journaling episode which is one of my favorite episodes ever for the past few days I have been watching every video I could find on youtube that’s about calligraphy and let me tell you there’s a lot of information out there in the ether but the next five days are going to be my introductory journey into calligraphy hand lettering brush lettering and more so let’s get into it okay the basics calligraphy is the art of producing decorative handwriting and as I’ve learned it is incredibly complex I think of calligraphy as a discipline it’s just like learning to play an instrument so you really need to practice and work hard at it if you want to grow and develop the skill there are a whole bunch of traditional calligraphy styles things like Spencerian and copper plate and these are made with very specific formations and strokes this video is not going to be focused on those old-school traditional calligraphy styles even though I will be using some traditional tools [Music] earlier today I went out to the art store and I got a calligraphy pen set and some special calligraphy paper the pen set came with six nibs of different sizes and shapes nibs are the pointed metal edges that you write with I got a pen holder black ink and a little bowl to pour the incan I also had a couple of cotton pads near me because it’s important to degrease the nibs before you use them I used rubbing alcohol to do this and after I cleaned off my nibs I just don’t and got started by practicing some basic strokes it took a little while to get used to the strokes and to get the ink to actually come out with the calligraphy pen you know your elbow needs to be involved when you’re writing calligraphy you’re not just using your wrist it’s a whole sweeping motion of the arm and also the pen has to be at a certain angle to the paper you’re not holding it upright like a normal ball pen but perhaps the most important thing about calligraphy is that your down strokes are always thick and your up strokes are always thin if you’re gonna take one thing away from this video downstrokes thick upstrokes thin got it it actually took me until the very end of the practice sheet before I realized how the calligraphy pen physically works and then I felt kind of silly because I was like well if I just knew that ahead of time it would have helped with the strokes but you 11 you learn when you put pressure on the nib at a certain angle it opens up a little there are these two prongs called the tines and when they open up and there’s ink in the middle of it it draws a double line filling it in with ink which is how you get your thick stroke and then when you release the pressure the tines close which gives you that thin stroke going up but sometimes if you don’t have enough ink on there or if it’s not at the exact right angle your tines will separate and draw two lines but it won’t fill it in with ink I practiced today for 45 minutes drawing different strokes and lines that I knew would come in handy once I actually started creating letters and words by the end I was really starting to get the hang of it [Applause] today I wanted to learn and break down the basics of writing different letters the simplest way to do this is to grab a ruler and draw four lines the second line down is called the waistline then there’s the base line the ascender line at the top and the descender line at the bottom the space between the waistline and the base line is known as the X height and that’s the height of all of those small letters letters like a M and and O the letters that ascend up to the ascender line are letters like D F and H and then there are descending letters that go down to that bottom line and those are letters like P G and J make sense I started out by using my nib and ink to write these letters and I actually drew arrows on them to show where the up strokes are and where the down strokes are but then I went to the art store and I discovered so many other types of pens and I realized that the possibilities here are endless just to show you some examples here’s a quick look at what those wavy lines look like with a few different tools the tombow dual brush pen was my personal favorite because I feel like it gave me the biggest contrast between those thick down strokes and the thin up strokes and the bottom two the BIC marking marker and the BIC ball pen even though they’re great pens they’re clearly not made for calligraphy because there’s no visible difference between the down strokes and the up strokes now that I’ve tried out a few types of pens and realizing that stylistically I really like the brush pens and brush lettering so today I’m focusing on using those brush pens and practicing different letters I wrote out the whole alphabet again and I made those up and down arrows showing which are up strokes and which are down strokes it’s pretty amazing how many different styles of hand lettering there are and how many different ways you can make the exact same letter and not only just uppercase and lowercase letters but when it comes to modern calligraphy you can be really creative with how you make those letters and where you add in those decorative elements I think after about an hour today my muscle memory kicked in and I was really impressed with myself watching my hand create these crazy twirly-swirly letters that I’ve never been able to make before and I’m not trying to brag but that uppercase D was so fancy and so good when it comes to writing out these letters it’s different than using a regular pen where you’re applying equal pressure to all parts of the letter so it definitely takes practice to get used to the feel of it certain letters like C and E are really hard for me because you have to go from that sin up stroke to the thick down stroke back to that thin up stroke all in one fluid swoop and after I wrote out the letters in black I practiced them in different colors and I even tried it with the water brush and I know I’ve said this word about 40 times already but the key word here is practice after spending so much time yesterday working on individual letters I decided that today I was finally ready to put words together I think one of the toughest things to remember here is that every single letter you create needs to have some sort of connection to the following letter so you’re always sort of thinking one step ahead here and it definitely takes practice to get this technique down something that I thought was fun when I first started watching videos on this topic is that you can fake calligraphy pretty easily I first wrote the word joy normally using a few different brush pens and then I picked up my ballpoint pen and I wrote joy and then I outlined the down strokes with two lines and filled them in I did it again with the word fake and the key here is to just pick out those down strokes and give them a double line and then fill them in and honestly the word fake look like real calligraphy and the term modern calligraphy means different things to different people but essentially it’s a little bit more flexible than traditional calligraphy and it lets you add your own creative touch and variations one thing that’s really fun and helps the word come out looking a little bit more whimsical is instead of using one standard baseline on the whole word you really give each letter its own baseline it’s definitely all about practice and I’m getting really addicted to practicing earlier I lit a candle and I just channeled my inner Nibin ink and I wrote what came to me hashtag Alexander Hamilton give this video a thumbs up if you’re Hamilton fan to my cameraman Andrew who had been watching me this entire time asked me if he could have a turn and that was proof that practice is necessary because he hadn’t practiced before and he just didn’t have it down today I played around with color and blending using the brush pens I think it’s really easy to blend if you have a Tumbo colorless blending pen or a spray mister but I didn’t have either of those today so instead I just tested out a few different blending techniques first I drew with the lighter color and then I added a few darker tones into it but the second method was a lot smoother and basically I just got a plastic sheet you can use any non-porous surface and I took a darker pen got all the ink out onto it and then took a lighter pen and actually just soaked up that dark ink and that way when you start writing it starts out dark but as the dark color fades you get back to the lighter color of the pen the second method was a lot smoother and I think it gave the word sort of an hombre effect the coolest part about this week for me is that all of my co-workers have been seeing what I’ve made and one of my co-workers Patricia actually asked me if I would consider making her will you be my bridesmaid cards for her wedding and I was touched that she asked me to be part of such a special occasion in her life and it was also great that I could put such a new scale to use so quickly since my bullet journaling episode I’ve actually stopped using a bullet journal and I switched over to a regular planner because I found it was difficult for me to keep creating those weekly and monthly templates but now that I’m getting into calligraphy I’m thinking of starting my bullet journal again and using it to practice my hand lettering and also to create some trackers what do you think of that comment below you think that’s a good idea and as always let me know what you want to see me try next time for five days at a time hey YouTube thanks for watching click here for another video on our channel right here to subscribe to us on YouTube and here for my personal YouTube channel see ya

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