Writing Calligraphy With A Regular Pen

I've gotten this question many times:

"Since calligraphy is a simple and easy art form, can I write calligraphy with a regular pen?"

Writing calligraphy without a calligraphy pen might seem like an absurd idea to some, but...

The answer is: YES, you can!

And in this blog post, I'll show you exactly how you can write calligraphy with just a (in fact, two) normal pencil or pen.

Here's a video that shows the 4 easy steps to writing calligraphy with a regular pen:

So before we start, make sure that you know how to form calligraphy alphabets and that you know your basics. If you don't, read my post on How to Learn Calligraphy in Just 5 Easy Steps.

Step #1: Get The Stuff You Need

All you need are:

  • 2 x regular pens
  • 1 x rubber band

Tie both the pens together with the rubber band, so that you get a pen with two nibs.

Step #2: Get The Pen Angle Right

This is the most important step of the 4 steps.

If you want to be able to write calligraphy with a regular pen, you have to make sure that you are holding your 'pen' in a 45-degree angle.

Here's a test to check that you are holding your pen at a 45-degree angle:

  1. Make a 45-degree diagonal, upward stroke with your pen
  2. Look at the lines made by that stroke.
  3. Was there:
    1. only single line formed (the lines made from each of the nib overlapped to form one straight line)
    2. were two parallel lines formed with a gap between them (lines made from each of the nib did not overlap at all)

If you got only a single line, congratulations! It's time to move on to the next step.

If you didn't get the second line, it is alright, just experiment a little with the angle your holding your pen at and I'm sure you're get it right in no time at all.

Step #3: Start Writing!

Now, start writing as though you were writing with a calligraphy pen!

You need to know how to form calligraphy letters by now.

If you do not, you can download my FREE eBook The Ultimate Guide To Learning Calligraphy: Calligraphy For Beginners. It will teach you step-by-step how to write calligraphy letters.


Step #4: Color The Gaps In!

Because you were writing calligraphy with a regular pen, the calligraphy that you've written would just be the outlines of the letters.

So, the next and final step would be to color these gaps in. You can do so however you like - you can do it with ink or watercolor or color pencils etc. You can even draw intricate patterns or design your letters in between the gaps.

That's the beauty of writing calligraphy this way, because you have the freedom to color your calligraphy or design it in a way that it stands out.

If you don't get what I mean, just watch the video at the top of this page.


Now that you know how to write calligraphy with a regular pen, it's your turn to try it out!

Let me know how it turns out in the comments section below!

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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: www.howtodocalligraphy.com/about or drop him a message to tell him how awesome he is at henry@howtodocalligraphy.com

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