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Creative Lettering and Beyond: Inspiring tips, techniques, and ideas for hand lettering your way to beautiful works of art (Creative...and Beyond) Paperback – November 3, 2014
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Calligraphy with a pointed pen is all about pressure and angles. The pressure of the calligrapher’s hand on the pen nib is what produces the desirable thick-and-thin lines of the letters. The angle at which the pen is held creates an elegant slant and gives shape to the letters.
Glide the pen nib gently in the direction of the split in the tines to reduce ink splatters across the page!
- TIP: Pay attention to how much pressure you apply to the pen, as well as how tightly you grip it. Your hand shouldn’t hurt after a practice session of calligraphy. Hold the pen lightly, and apply gentle pressure.
Handling the Pen
The movement of the pen nib must always align with the slant of the letter being drawn. Creating beautiful, thick-and-thin sections of letterforms is all about the amount of pressure you place on the nib. Since pointed pen nibs are flexible, applying more pressure causes the tines in the nib to spread, creating a thicker line. Therefore, apply less pressure for a thin line.
Using a Guard Sheet
Always place a piece of scrap paper under your hand—even when you’re just practicing! The natural oils in your hand can affect ink flow and cause smudging and smearing. Try using a playing card or similar slippery-coated paper to help your hand glide as you work.
About the Author
Artist, author, and illustrator Gabri Joy Kirkendall specializes in hand lettering, watercolor, and pen and ink. She is a co-author of Creative Painting & Beyond, The Joy of Lettering, and the bestselling title Creative Lettering and Beyond, which has been featured by Pioneer Woman, Creative Market, Brit + Co, Oh My! Handmade, Life Your Way, Letter Shoppe, and The Letter Belle, among others. Gabri is the artist and owner of Gabri Joy Studios, a successful online business based in the Pacific Northwest that specializes in fine art prints, invitations, branding, wedding stationery, and custom lettering.
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The book is large and gives some really great examples and helps you to see every detail of how to make the letters.
Bullet journal here I come!
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