Which Type of Calligraphy Is Right for You?

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Sure, there are about a bajillion fonts you could use for your project. But there’s still nothing quite like hand lettering to give your invitation or word art that extra-special touch. Before you get ready to put pen to paper, brush up on the different type of calligraphies. Yes, there are several!

3 common calligraphy styles (go ahead, try 'em all!)

Brush calligraphy

Mesmerized by all those lettering videos of Instagram? You’re probably seeing a lot of the popular brush calligraphy style. The iconic thin upstrokes and thick downstrokes are formed thanks to a brush marker with a flexible, paintbrush-like tip. (The may be called “brush pens” in your craft store. Beginners should look for options from the brands Tombow, Pentel, and Sakura.) Once you get the hang of the marker, try it with a real paintbrush and watercolors. So pretty!

Pointed pen calligraphy

When you think of formal, old-school calligraphy, you’re probably picture the pointed pen style. It’s done with a traditional nib writing tool that’s dipped in a pot of ink, and most often spotted on wedding invites and signage! You can choose a straight or oblique pen holder — but beginners will want to stick with the later for better control.

Faux calligraphy

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That's right — you can fake it ‘til you make it with just about any pen you have. Just write your message in cursive and thicken the downstrokes of your letter forms. So go ahead — grab some pretty gel pens or Sharpies and give it a go! Even if you're more experienced with a brush or pointed pen, markers and other tools can come in handy for lettering on posters or other large canvases.

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