3 Steps to Writing Calligraphy

 3 steps to writing calligraphy | Thoughtfully Handmade

If you’ve seen my Instagram page, every Wednesday I hand letter a quote.

Would it surprise you that I only learned how to write calligraphy a year ago?

Here are a few examples of my work:

calligraphy sample 1 | Thoughtfully Handmade

calligraphy sample 2 | Thoughtfully Handmade

calligraphy sample 3 | Thoughtfully Handmade

calligraphy sample 4 | Thoughtfully Handmade

I’m not a master at calligraphy but I’m not a beginner either, and over this past year, I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks.

So, if you want to learn how to write calligraphy in 3 simple steps, keep reading!


  • smooth paper (e.g. card stock, high-quality printing paper, calligraphy paper)
  • brush pen (e.g. Pentel Fude Touch Sign Pen, Tombow Fudenosuke)

Step One- Downstrokes

Write our the letter “a” in cursive. Note when your pen goes down and when your pen goes up.

calligraphy letter guide | Thoughtfully Handmade

When your pen goes down, that is called a downstroke. When there is a downstroke, you press hard on your calligraphy pen to create a thick line. Practice the downstroke five times.

Step Two- Upstrokes

Look back at the "a" you wrote in the beginning. Where your pen went up, that is an upstroke. An upstroke is always a thin line. To create that, lift your hand slightly so that only the tip of the brush pen is touching the paper. Move your wrist up and keep a light hand. Practice the upstroke five times.

Step Three- Connect

Once you feel comfortable with the first two steps, it is time to connect your two strokes. This is the hardest step, and it takes a while for you to get the hang of. Try to write the letter "a."

Keep in mind that whenever your pen makes a downstroke, the line is thick and whenever you make an upstroke, the line is thin. I found it helpful to lift and adjust my hand and wrist position after every stroke.

Additional Resources

I used these when I started my calligraphy journey, and I thought they would be helpful to you as you begin yours!

Basics of Handlettering: Beginners Modern Calligraphy Tutorial | How to Handletter

How to Make Connections in Calligraphy | How to Handletter

Lettering Practice Sheets | Dawn Nicole Designs


Of course, you will not master how to write calligraphy by only reading this blog post. Calligraphy takes a lot of time and practice to get the hang of. I encourage you to keep trying!

Related Posts

5 Things You Need: Small Business Edition 3.0
5 Things You Need: Small Business Edition 3.0
Starting a small business is tough, especially when you don’t know where to start. Maintaining a business is so much har
Read More
7 Reasons Why I Love Tailwind for Social Media
7 Reasons Why I Love Tailwind for Social Media
For those of you who have been following me for a while, you know that I post 2 times a day on Instagram. What you might
Read More
5 Things to Give: Valentine's Day Edition
5 Things to Give: Valentine's Day Edition
Valentine’s Day is coming up, and you need a present! But, you’re stuck on what to give to your significant other. Well,
Read More

Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published