I get it. You see calligraphy everywhere. There are amazing, talented artists and they seem to just write with ease. You wonder how on earth you will get there.
Despite any artistic abilities, you must practice in order to improve. And not just any practice. But a deliberate practice.
How can you deliberately practice? You can break down words into letters and letters into individual strokes. You can practice each stroke mindfully and slowly, paying attention to how each stroke is built.
Before continuing with this post, be sure you checked out my previous post on how to hold the brush pen. It is critical that your grip on the pen is at the right angle.
Of the many basic strokes to practice, I find these strokes the most important to learn first: The entrance stroke and the downstroke.
Something that helps to remind yourself of how much pressure to exert when creating these strokes is thin up, thick down.
This means that when you write an upstroke such as the entrance stroke above, you want it to be as thin as possible. Thin up.
And on a downstroke, you want it to be thicker, so you will exert more pressure on the pen. Thick down.
Literally fill an entire page with these strokes. You need to deliberately practice the right way. Not rushed, not mindlessly. But with the intentions of improving with each stroke you write.
Check out this quick video as I demonstrate how to put these strokes together:
It’s your turn! Tell me in a comment below:
What are the basic strokes that you like to practice?
What do you find the most challenging about practicing brush calligraphy?
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