October 16, 2019 1

10 Shortcuts to Improve Your Calligraphy FAST – with Free Worksheet for Beginners

10 Shortcuts to Improve Your Calligraphy FAST – with Free Worksheet for Beginners

Hi everyone this is Vivian, welcome back
to my channel, in this video, I’m going to show you 10 ways to practice calligraphy
when you don’t know what to write sometimes I find myself having the time
to finally sit down and practice calligraphy and then realize I don’t
know what to write, what should I write? and then I find myself going onto social
medias looking for quotes and words and then time just went by, so in this video
I’m going to show you 10 ways to not fall into that trap, now these are not
just 10 random things I put together these are strategic ways to improve your
calligraphy. So when I say 10 things it’s actually more like 10 types of things,
you’re probably gonna end up writing a hundred things or more, and the first one
is girls’ name, so writing name is very useful and practical especially now that
the holiday is coming up, so if you want to write greeting cards you can write
these, this is a very good practice what I usually do is just to go on
google and search for popular names and the first one we’re going to do here is
girls’ name, so if you ever wanted to practice flourish this will be a good place to practice your flourish, because usually, when you write names on cards it’s where you want it to be extra fancy then the second one is boys’ name, so
again I go back to Google and search for popular boys’ name, and just like
practicing girls name, writing boys’ name is also a good way to utilize your fancy
capital letter skills so now moving on to number three which
is the last name, so like number one and number two, practicing last names it’s
also very practical, especially if you want to do fancy envelope writing or if
you plan to write place cards for events practicing these last name will be very
helpful, so what I do here is I search for popular or common last names and
practice these, because then chances are if you ever end up writing last names for
events you will have this name on the list and number four is pangrams so a pamgram is a sentence that contains
all 26 letters in the English alphabet and the most common one you see
is probably the quick fox jumps over the lazy dog, but then there are many
more pangrams, so you can do a quick search of pamgrams and you will
come up with a lot of examples the reason for practicing penguin is you get to write all 26 letters, so you get to practice the one that’s less frequent
such as the X or the Q the Z and these sentences sometimes sounds funny but again it’s just a good way to practicing writing the whole sentence and with
more unique words now for number five now we’re getting more technical here, so for number five we’re going to practice lowercase combinations, by that
I mean we’ll be doing a combination of two letters, so we start with a -a and
continue to a-b and a-c and a-d and a-e and then after that, we will do b with
b-a and b-b and b-c, so the idea is to write all possible combinations in lowercase
letters, so if you write all of these then you have a really good
bird’s-eye view of how your spacing is if your spacing look all consistent throughout the whole a-to-z and then for number six we’re going to
do something a little different which is using a capital letter and then a
lowercase, so you would do a capital letter A and then a lowercase a and then a
capital letter A and then a lowercase b and so on so forth, so this is a good
practice for trying different styles of capital letters so you do a capital
letter and then a pairing with a lowercase a and then all the way to z,
and then you would do the same with B and all the way to from a to z so for number seven we’re going to write
common words, words like “the”, “and”, “for”, “our” “but”, “her”, “was”, “gets”, “has”, “he”, “she”, “whom”… these kind of words, these words come up so frequently in our every day so we might as well get really good at writing them so next time write a whole sentence, chances are you have a bunch of these words and you would have the muscle memory to just naturally write them out beautifully moving on to number eight prefix, so prefixes are the couple letters in the beginning of words, the words starting
with “anti” such as anticipate “antique’, “antidote”, “antifungal” and then words start with “auto”
like “automatic”, “autograph”, “autopilot” “autobiography”, so you can write just
the prefix or if you want to practice a whole word you
can write words, two or three words for every prefix, so for “com” will
be like “complete”, “computer”, “competitions” “combined”, and then for “con” will be like
“continued”, “consumer”, “confetti”, “conclude” and with “contra” will be “contract”, “contrary”,
“contradict”, “contractor”, words with “de” will be like “design”, “defined”, “desire”, “defend” and then worth with “dis” such as “discussed” “display”, “discovered”, “distance” now with number 9, we’re going to do the end of the word so we’re going to practice some suffix, so words ending with “acy” will be like “legacy”, “delicacy”, or “privacy”, “accuracy”, “conspiracy” and then words with “al” will be like “local”, “total”, “final”, “royal”, and then words with “ance” will be “chance”, “dance”, “guidance”, so the idea here is to get your muscle memory so used to write these words and the motion for
these words, so when you’re writing any words you already have the end of the word so familiar or the beginning of the word so
familiar, then you don’t have to struggle so much every time you write a new word,
so words ending with “dom” will be like “wisdom”, “kingdom”, “freedom”, “boredom”, and with “er” will be “giver”, “brother”, “farmer”, “winter”, “writer” and words with “or” will be “junior”, “senior” “savior”, “narrator”, and with “ism”, words
like “tourism”, “futurism”, “feminism”, “baptism” with “ist” will be “exit”, “twist”, “list”, “artists” and them words with “ity” such as “city” “unity”, “equality”, “reality”
so with these prefix and suffix, it’s also a good place to practice your
flourish, because now you know prefixes is in the beginning for words so you can
practice how to do your flourish going forward, and then for the suffix
you know how to end the words nicely finishing up with some flourishing, now
we’re already on to number 10 which is a trickier one among these ten, so number 10 we’re going to do double letters the double letters are usually tricky, some example will be “funny”, “happy”, especially for “happy”, because there are all these three descenders and they all jumbled up together and it’s a word we use a lot especially when you’re writing calligraphy you’ll write “happy anniversary”, “happy new year” “happy birthday”, so practicing
words like this which is quite frequent and quite difficult it’s a really good
way to improve your calligraphy, like what I usually tell my calligraphy
students is to practice these words words like your names and the holiday
names, because that’s when you will probably most likely to end up writing
anyway so make these words look really nice then you can impress people, people
will think oh you can write everything nice, but actually you’re just
reading five words really nice although double letters can be very
tricky but once you figure out how to flourish them or swash them nicely and
cohesively it’s really satisfying some letters such as the double “r”
the double “c”, there’s a tendency for people to write them too close, especially
for “c” because it’s an open letter so a lot of time they forgot that both C needs their own personal space, and the same thing with “r”, it’s one of those odd shape letters and what I find it’s helpful is to make a little variation on their size so you’d naturally space them out
more properly when they’re in different sizes for double e’s be careful that you
don’t connect the exist-stroke of the first e directly to the entrance stroke of the second “e” into one movement, you still want to write them as two separate letters,
double “s” is also another tricky one because like “r” it’s also an odd shape and also has an opening so it’s tempting to put them too close
until you realize they’re bumping into each other, so just make sure when you’re
writing words that has SS make sure you leave enough space so each letter has
their own personal bubble, words such as “fussy” you want to make sure the
spacing it’s evenly distributed, another tricky double that there will be letter “m”, so if you do two “m” then you see this letter is very up-and-down straight so
if you didn’t separate them as two words then it becomes hard to distinguish between the first and the second “m”, so if you just want to do everything in one
stroke it would turn our just like zig-zag instead of two “m” what I would suggest is to write one letter and then pause and then write the second letter. now one last bonus tip is to copy a book! I know it sounds really crazy
but when I first start learning calligraphy because I normally don’t come up with any brilliant quote or saying so what I did
is I would just take out my Bible and copy the book of Psalms, pretty much I was like turning myself into a scribe. But you can take out a literature book of poems and then just copy it. so these are my 10+1 things for how to practice calligraphy when you don’t know what to write.
And I have made a list of these things you can obviously find all of these on the internet but if you want you can download this list of 10 things I already list out all the popular names and pangrams and common words the prefix, the suffix, the double letters, so they’re all nicely
laid out for you, you can download this list of 10 things in the link below.
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