DIY Wedding Invitations: Calligraphy

calligraphy is a really lovely way to

add a special touch to your wedding

stationery whether it be place-names

table plan table numbers or even little

text you're favored it's a really lovely

way to add a personal touch to all of

your wedding stationery it's really easy

to get started on basic calligraphy and

there's only a few items that you need

you can find everything online and we

put all the links below the video so to

get started you'll need some black ink

you'll need some water to clean your pan

you'll need some place cards you'll need

an oblique pen holder and you'll need to

live now that you have everything ready

to start your modern calligraphy I will

show you how to prepare the nib you take

a box with matches like the match and

then pass your lips through the match

two to three times this takes off any

oils to ensure that you have a really

smooth ink flow through your lips you

then need to put the nib into the pen

holder there's a little hole at the end

of the pen and you just slide it in and

it needs to be parallel to the surface

that you're working on now your pens

will set up I'm going to show you how to

hold the pen correctly hold it against

your middle finger with the rest of your

fingers about a centimeter away from the

tip of the pen the back of the pen

should rest get your hand you didn't

want it pointing up because you'll get a

lot of snagging on the paper so just

hold it really gently keep a really

loose grip and make sure that your hands

and your arm have enough greens that

they can move it's all about moving the

whole of your arm rather than just your

fingers because it'll make it much more

relaxed in modern strokes now that your

pen set up our teachers use techniques

and tips so that you can do your own

calligraphy calligraphy is all about

thick and thin strokes it's about the

pressure that you put on down strokes

and then leaving the pressure on the

upstroke with these pointed pen nibs you

have two little points at the end of

them called time and this is what

creates your thick and thin strokes when

you press down with the pen the two

times separate to create a thick stroke

by filling with ink and when you release

pressure increase of Sinister it because

the ink is not filling such a wide gap

now I need to dip your nail into the ink

if you just bit just as far as the end

of the vent in the middle of the lip

there little film events and if you just

tap it on the side then you'll get rid

of any excess ink you don't want that in

those could be doing with blotting on

your paper calligraphy is based on just

a few simple strokes and shapes and

you'll notice from the outset that each

letter is made up from just these few

techniques so to create your filling

thick strokes take your piece of paper

stick to a lid and then press down with

a bit of pressure and you'll notice that

the time separate you create a nice

thick line in comparison if I go up I

put no pressure at all and you create a

really thin line a really good exercise

is just to go down and up down and up

and you'll get a really good feel for

how the thick and thin lines should go

another good exercise is to join the

lines together so that you can start

getting the flow between letters so

you've got the stick line going down in

line going up its line going down in my

going up as you can see it's all about

fitting thin lines so pressure goes down

no pressure going up

click the sick lining down and thin line

going up there are lots of different

exercises that you can do to practice

these strokes and shapes we won't have

time to see them all today there we'll

move on to some letters now when

creating your letters it's all about the

proportions the angles and the thickness

of your lives I always use this really

nice guide sheet to show you the

proportions for each letter you'll see

that here there's a little base line at

the end of the X all of your lessons

should fit on this base line all of your

smaller letters it should fit inside

those two middle lines you're taller

ascenders should come up to the top and

your defenders should reach the bottom

of these guidelines if you follow these

everything will be consistent and your

writing will look really neat for

example if we start with the letter A

a small lowercase letter a would sit

between its line and an upper case a

with still soap on the base line but it

would reach the top of your standard


now you can see here with each letter

every time I do a downstroke I put

pressure on and every time I do an

upstroke I release the pressure for

example with the B because I'm starting

with an upstroke I put no pressure on I

bring it down put pressure on and then

round to create the bottom of B

everything should be at a bit of an

angle it's up to you to create your own

style but I do everything following this

sort of 55 degree angles which makes it

look really stylish then uppercase B we

start from the top the ascender line we

put pressure on take pressure off you

come around with a little curve at the

top and finish off the B the little C

again will fit in between the two lines

in the middle of your byline and the

largest C will be very similar

we'll come to the top knee assemble and

pressure on as they come down and listen

your pressures like a lot so let's get

on to making some place cards I've got

some nice white case cards here you can

use any color shape size that you like

tip your lip and I tend to start the

word quite fast the less that I can fit

it along to the paper I'm going to write

my own name you'll see all the

techniques that we've been discussing so

far there every damn stroke has pressure

every ups tricks release it's a pressure

and everything is in a really nice angle

you'll need to keep the spacing between

each letter consistent as that's what

makes really stylish looking lettering

so the lowercase letters are all in the

middle where your guidelines would be

and your ascenders and descenders come

up to the higher line

down the downstroke release pressure on

the upstroke finish after a massive

thank you to Tash for coming along and

teaching us how to do calligraphy she's

got some amazing worksheets on her

websites download and give a practice at

home and give it a go for your wedding

thank you so much - see you soon