How to do Modern Brush Calligraphy with a Crayola Marker Tutorial

Learning the art of calligraphy is a great hobby that is pretty easy to pick up but difficult to master. With a steady hand, a few tools and a lot of practice you can create alphabets, sell art, design tattoos or make wedding invitations. The problem for many new writers seems to be they do not have access to the tools to start practicing or they want to try out the hobby without spending any money off the bat. I totally empathize with this mindset because at first, I couldn’t believe some pens were $10 (even though there are much more expensive tools). Now, with practice, I can understand why they are worth that, but I would have never indulged in the art if I hadn’t tried inexpensive means of creating lettering.

To dip your toe in the water of the huge ocean of calligraphy, you could learn a good beginner script such as modern calligraphy. A good way to start learning modern brush calligraphy would be using something that you probably already have:

Crayola Markers

As you can see above, one of these cheaper alternatives is the classic Crayola marker. I bet you are like wait a minute, you can do calligraphy with those? I have some in a drawer somewhere! Yes, yes you can. Go grab them and let’s continue.

Learning Calligraphy with a Crayola Marker

Step 1: Learn the strokes

The first thing you will need to know is the two main basic strokes of modern calligraphy.

strokes

In the above image, you can see the two strokes: the thick downstroke (1) and the thin upstroke (2). It is that simple contrast of those two thicknesses that make calligraphy so appealing. Over at (3) you can see the combination of the two strokes (1 and 2) into one solid motion. From there you can start forming letterforms (4) and make the whole alphabet! We’ll get to the free practice sheets real shortly but I will briefly show you how the marker is supposed to be held in both the upstroke and downstroke:

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Downstroke (1) – You will want to hold it more on the broad edge of the nib. You are trying to maximize surface area on the page (without sacrificing your comfort of course).

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Upstroke (2) – You will want to hold it more straight up and down like you would properly hold a pencil.

Transitions (3) – This is better shown in the video above then I could ever take a picture of so scroll back up to the video

Step 2: Download the FREE Practice Sheets

If you would like to learn modern calligraphy but don’t have the tools readily available you can just pick up a Crayola marker and these practice sheets below follow along to the video above.

Modern Brush Calligraphy Practice Sheets

Enjoy!

Step 3: Get Started!

I’d like to believe that everyone that reads this post or watches the video actually practices but I know there are some people that request the free practice sheets and not even open the email! Don’t make the mistake I almost did and miss the beginning to a great lifelong skill. Get started today, even for an hour and you will notice the crazy improvement. Then try to set aside time to practice your skills during the week or look at new calligraphy skills to learn. You won’t believe what you are capable of if you keep wandering down the rabbit hole that is calligraphy.

 

There you have it, you have all the basics of calligraphy with a Crayola marker! I hope that this will be the first stepping stone (of many) of your calligraphy journey.

Thanks for reading til the end,

-Richard

8 thoughts to “How to do Modern Brush Calligraphy with a Crayola Marker Tutorial”

    1. quick question- do you recommend going through the entire alphabet to practice, or focusing on one letter until you’ve got it?

      1. Thank you so much!

        I think if you are starting fresh, it is best to practice the main stroke (3) on the picture earlier in the post. Once you have gotten that, practice the whole alphabet by doing a line of them in the practice sheets. If that starts to get stale, try writing and connecting words you want to write. Definitely helps my practicing!

  1. i have been looking for some tips and tutorial to start calliraphy for a wile now and yours are one fo the best. thanks Richard! out to buy my markes now ! 🙂

  2. Thank you Richard! You made quite easy to start modern and copperplate calligraphy. What are your recommendations as far books to start of with?

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