July 26, 2017

Learn calligraphy without spending

Cheap Calligraphy
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Interested to learn calligraphy but are intimidated by all the tools that you see other people are using? Feel like you don’t have the money to spend on brush pens or nibs? Want to try but not sure you are willing to commit? If you answered yes then this is for you. Here I will be showing you that you don't have to spend in order to start learning calligraphy.

The first thing you have to do is gather the following materials that could be lying around your house.

  • 1 Broad tip Marker 

    • note: any broad tip marker will do; you can even use a broad tip highlighter, but the broad tip marker works better.

  • Bond paper 

    • you may even use scratch papers as long as one side is clean (e.g. your thesis drafts).

If you don't have these items lying around the house, then you probably would be spending a little. SORRY! :( I assumed you have these materials readily available in your house. Don't worry. Your costs will be minimal.

It's important to note that the calligraphy style you will learn using these materials will not be the usual calligraphy style that you commonly see around. Most of them are done using a calligraphy pen with a pointed and flexible nib, or a brush. 

The calligraphy you will be learning is that of parallel pen calligraphy, and you can produce the following styles: 

(I will be posting examples once I have learned the different styles)

1. Gothic

2. Blackletter

3. Italic

4. Celtic

among many others.

Benefits of starting with the broad tip:

1. You can focus on working with consistency (maintaining your pen angle and spacing) because you don't have to think so much about varying the pressure to make the thin and thick lines in brush calligraphy.

2. It’s very cheap.

3. It’s very easy.

But of course you get what you pay for. Your work will look better if you use the felt broad tip calligraphy pen (Kuretake Zig, the purple pen in the photo). I borrowed mine from my sister :)

Now you can start practicing these strokes with your materials! I'll be looking up other sources for practice strokes that will help all of us learn calligraphy using the broad tip. 

I will continue practicing these strokes and will move on to learning letters soon. I admit I have not been consistent with my daily practice and weekly update as promised in my Learning Calligraphy Outline. I promise to be more consistent after my work as a College Entrance Test Review Teacher is done.

Are you convinced to that you don't have to spend so much in order to start practicing calligraphy?


  1. I've always been interested in calligraphy. Thank you for this!

  2. This is awesome. I have always been interested in Calligraphy trier it a few times, seeing this makes me wanna try again :)

  3. I love calligraphy! Also loved practicing until I threw half a pot of pink ink over a custom built chaise long!!

    1. Too bad, maybe it wouldn't hurt to try it again?

  4. Thank you for loving post.I am interest.

  5. This post was great! That is a hobby I want to get into, I just feel that I would not have the patience! It looks like you are rocking it out!

    1. I did not have the patience too! I realized that if I don't get started, I wouldn't get anywhere so I just did it!

  6. I bought all the supplies, now I just need to sit down and take some time out of my day to really practice. Thanks for the info!

    1. The struggle to actually practice! HAHA I too procrastinate! But I think I'm getting better lately. I've lowered my standard for "better" HAHA

  7. I used to have a calligraphy book when i was younger and loved it, I'm not sure how good I'd be at it anymore though....

  8. I've been wanting to learn calligraphy. It's so beautiful!

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