Breaking Down: Hand Lettering & Handwriting Styles

In a digital age dominated by keyboards and screens, the arts of handwriting and handlettering stands out as a captivating and personal form of expression. This blog post delves into three distinct styles that add a unique touch to written communication: Handwriting, Faux Calligraphy, and 3D Lettering. P.S – Just so you are aware, in … Read more

Learn Calligraphy Roadmap – Styles, Tools and Their Difficulties


Lettering & HandwritingPointed PenBrushRuling PenBlackletterProper HandwritingFormal HandwritingSerif Lettering3D LetteringCursive HandwritingFaux CalligraphyCongrats (Modern #1)Salutations (Modern #2)Pointed Pen UncialCasual BrushRuling PenBrush CopperplateFuegoSpencerianCopperplateSimple GothicUncialNeulandSilkRotundaItalicsHandstyleBatardeRomanTexturaFrakturTattoo

Above is a diagram to define a path to learn calligraphy for anyone, regardless of current skill level and styles learned. I hope that this diagram can demonstrate what styles are out there, what tools you need for them, and if you’ve learned some styles, where to develop next.

Learn Calligraphy Links

As of now it only works really on desktop, but if you are on mobile scroll and you can still access all links below:

Lettering and Handwriting – (Orange)

A great place to start if you are looking for easy to learn scripts you can learn and use on a daily basis. You don’t need any fancy tools, just a pencil or a pen to get started.

In-Depth Calligraphy Practice Sheets:

Learn Handwriting (Proper, Formal & Cursive)
Learn Serif Lettering and Faux Calligraphy
Learn 3D Hand Lettering

Blogposts:

Handwriting Blogpost
Hand Lettering Blogpost

Pointed Pen Calligraphy – (Blue)

A more refined and classic skill with a high skill ceiling, the ancient art of quill pens and fountain pens are now at your fingertips to learn.

In-Depth Calligraphy Practice Sheets:

Learn Modern Calligraphy
Learn Spencerian Calligraphy
Learn Copperplate Calligraphy
Learn Pointed Pen Bundle

Blogposts:

Modern Calligraphy Blogpost
Spencerian Blogpost
Copperplate Blogpost
Pointed Pen Uncial Blogpost (In Progress)

Brush Calligraphy – (Purple)

Writes the same styles as the pointed pen but brush calligraphy has a thicker stroke and cheaper and more forgiving tools.

In-Depth Calligraphy Practice Sheets:

Learn Modern Brush Calligraphy
Learn Casual Brush Calligraphy
Learn Copperplate Brush Calligraphy
Learn Fuego Brush Calligraphy

Blogposts:

Brush Calligraphy Blogpost

Ruling Pen Calligraphy – (Green)

A rough and hardcore script that is characterized by its straight edges and splashy style.

In-Depth Calligraphy Practice Sheets:

Learn Ruling Pen Calligraphy

Blogposts:

Ruling Pen Calligraphy Blogpost

Blackletter Calligraphy – (Red)

My personal favourite, this bold set of scripts is easy to start learning but difficult to master.

In-Depth Calligraphy Practice Sheets:

Learn Simple Gothic (Full Blogpost with practice sheets)
Learn Silk Calligraphy
Learn Uncial Calligraphy
Learn Neuland Calligraphy
Learn Rotunda Calligraphy
Learn Italics Calligraphy
Learn Batarde Calligraphy
Learn Textura Calligraphy
Learn Fraktur Calligraphy
Learn Blackletter Calligraphy Bundle (8 Classic)
Learn Calligraffiti Bundle (3 Modern)

Blogposts:

Blackletter Calligraphy Blogpost
Calligraffiti Blogpost

Mastering Faux Calligraphy: A Beginner’s Guide

Introduction Calligraphy is a beautiful art form that has been practiced for centuries, but not everyone has access to the tools and skills needed to create traditional calligraphy. However, there’s a fantastic alternative if you don’t have calligraphy tools called faux calligraphy that allows anyone to achieve stunning calligraphic effects using basic writing tools like … Read more

The Art of Pyrography: A Fusion of Calligraphy and Woodburning

Wood burning calligraphy / pyrography of the words: "wood burning"

Introduction In a world filled with digital communication, there is a growing appreciation for art forms that celebrate the tactile and the timeless. Woodburning calligraphy, also known as pyrography, is a captivating and meditative craft that marries the ancient art of calligraphy with the elemental nature of woodburning. This unique blend of tradition and craftsmanship … Read more

Mastering the Art of Handwriting: Tips to Enhance Your Penmanship

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In our digital age, where typing has become the norm, the value of good handwriting might seem diminished. However, the elegance and personal touch of well-crafted handwriting still hold their charm. Whether you’re jotting down notes, addressing envelopes, or simply enjoying the meditative act of writing, improving your handwriting can be a rewarding endeavor. In … Read more

How to do Monoline Calligraphy

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What is Monoline Calligraphy? Monoline calligraphy may not be something you have heard of but odds are, you have done it. Let me explain. When a word is written in a ‘monoline’ style, it means that every line, letter and connection are written with the same consistent thickness. Though calligraphy is in the name, it … Read more

How to do Hand Lettering – 3D, Serif, Monoline, and More!

What is Hand Lettering? Hand lettering is the art of sketching letterforms by hand. It can be done with any writing instrument, like pens, pencils, markers and more, but it is helpful to have an erasable tool. What are The Differences Between Calligraphy, Hand Lettering and Typography? I have a whole post on this question, … Read more

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