Putting The Strokes Together

calligraphy connect the strokes
20 Apr, 2020

Learn Brush Calligraphy Online: Putting the Strokes Together

 

Welcome back! You have worked really hard to get here, you have gone through:

That is a huge milestone! Now it’s time to put what you have learnt all together and create some letters. This post should be a quick one, because it’s actually all about the practice; the workbook for this series has a sectioned labelled “Alphabet” especially for this.

 

Cherry Pearl Creative - Brush Calligraphy Lowercase A with Basic Strokes

Putting The Strokes Together: Lifting Your Pen

As you begin to practice writing each letter, you will see that it is probably easiest for you to lift your pen between each separate stroke. This is completely normal, and actually encouraged for a beginner. When you become more advanced at this and it begins to flow naturally, you will likely forget to lift your pen and find it normal to flow from one stroke to the next.

Remember, do whatever works for you! As you build confidence, don’t be scared to experiment with the strokes and letters, as that is a fundamental step in developing your own style.

This is actually a lot easier to SEE rather than to explain, so I hope you have downloaded the worksheets from the resource library in order to practice along.

There’s a worksheet of the lowercase alphabet in there, broken down into strokes and ready for you to practice.

If you don’t have the password yet, make sure you grab it here:

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Here are a few examples though, see if you can identify the strokes in each of the letters.

 

 

Cherry Pearl Creative - Brush Calligraphy Lowercase b with Basic Strokes
Cherry Pearl Creative - Brush Calligraphy Lowercase m with Basic Strokes

 

How did it go? As you can see, a lowercase cursive a is made up from an entrance stroke, an oval and an underturn stroke. The cursive b is made up of the entrance stroke, an ascending stem, and a reverse oval. Finally the o is made from the entrance stroke, the oval, and the smaller exit stroke to lead onto the next letter.

Now that you have idea of how to make letters, I hope you can see why it’s so important to complete and practice the Basic Strokes sections of the tutorial. They are all really useful in actually making letters, and they show us what parts of the letters are meant to be thick or thin.

 

I know I haven’t gone through each letter in this post, but I have made the lowercase alphabet practice sheets all available to you for free in the worksheets from the resource hub that goes along with this series. If you haven’t already, get the password to the hub, print out the worksheets and go through it at your own pace. Print the alphabet section out a couple of times if you would like, so you can trace them over and over again until you’re ready to try them on your own.

 

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