How To Do Calligraphy Even If Your Handwriting Sucks

fountain-pen-447576_1920Want to learn calligraphy but don't think you can because your handwriting is audacious?

Well you're not alone, and it has been proven time and time again that you can write calligraphy even if your handwriting isn't exactly the best

Here is how you can do calligraphy even if your handwriting sucks


1. Follow A Step-By-Step Method

how to do calligraphy is like how to danceIf you can write, you can learn calligraphy.

Don't believe me?

Think of it this way. Just like how dancing is moving beautifully in a series of orchestrated, orderly movements, calligraphy is beautiful writing in a series of focused, rehearsed strokes.

In fact, calligraphy came from the Greek words "kallos" which means beauty, and "graphein" which means write!

Although you can definitely write calligraphy if you can write normally, calligraphy is very different from your normal handwriting. This is because there are certain rules in calligraphy that you have to adhere to (and which you don't have to heed when just writing casually).

For example, the pen nib has to be 45 degrees to the vertical, there is a certain fixed order to the way letters are being formed, they have to be of a certain width apart from each other etc. You don't have to take note of all these when writing normally but when writing calligraphy these are absolutely critical.

Therefore, the quickest way to learn calligraphy is to learn these rules and put them into practice.


How and where can I learn these rules and basics of writing calligraphy?learn a step-by-step calligraphy system

My answer to you is: follow a step-by-step system.

A step-by-step method guides you through every step of the way so that you will learn everything that is required to do calligraphy - the rules, the basics etc.

Because it is taught in a systematic manner, it is the best way to get started and write calligraphy in no time at all (even if you are a completely clueless beginner).

Even if your handwriting sucks, a step-by-step calligraphy method will enable you to learn exactly what it takes to do beautiful calligraphy.


2. Do Pen Exercises To Improve Your Pen Control

To be a master swordsman, the aspiring swordsman will have to understand his sword and how to wield it effectively.

Similarly, to be a good calligrapher, you will have to understand how your pen works, and how to hold and use it. You must learn how to master control over your pen and use it to your advantage.

The easiest and fastest way that I know of, is to do pen exercises.

Pen exercises help you establish control over your pen. They help you create smooth and even strokes, get accustomed to the pen angle, and steady your hand.

In other words, with repeated practice, pen exercises help you become a master swordsman who knows how to wield his sword.

Here are some pen exercises that you can do with your pen:

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3. Take It Slow!

take it slow when learning calligraphyEver heard of the story of the tortoise and the hare?

Slow and steady wins the race.

This can't be more true when writing and practicing calligraphy. Take it slow!

When practicing or writing calligraphy (i.e. when making strokes, even if you are doing pen exercises), go slow and focus intently on the current stroke that you are making. Aim to make it the best stroke ever, and focus intently on making it a good one.

Remember, quality trounces quantity! Rushing through the stroke will only spoil its beauty.

If you rush through your practice, you will only be sabotaging your own progress and won't be doing yourself a favor. It is also unlikely that you will be able to write beauty calligraphy if you rush through your strokes instead of going slow.

Also, be patient. Don't get overly frustrated just because you feel that you aren't improving by leaps and bounds - everyone learns at a different pace. As long as you follow a step-by-step method, follow proven tips, instructions and practice the right things, you will definitely be able to learn calligraphy.


4. Practice, Practice, Practice!IMG_0308

The 10,000-Hour rule, first popularized by Malcolm Gladwell, states that 10,000 hours of deliberate practice will propel you to world-class status in any field.

Although, you definitely won't need 10,000 hours to learn how to write calligraphy, you will definitely have to put in the hours to practice your calligraphy.

Follow a step-by-step method and practice accordingly, and you will notice how much you'll be improving as you put in the effort.

For most, calligraphy will difficult at first. But just like cycling up a hill then cycling down-slope after, it gets easier and easier once you've gained a certain level of familiarity.

And when you are able to write calligraphy, you'll find that the meditative pleasure that you obtain from this extremely satisfying personal skill will be definitely worth the effort that you've put into learning it.

So don't give up and practice!


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About Henry Wong

A calligraphy-lover who defied the odds and finally managed to write calligraphy, he now teaches beginners how they too can write beautiful calligraphy in the fastest and easiest way possible. You can read more about him here: or drop him a message to tell him how awesome he is at

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