Simple Beginner Calligraphy Envelope | CROOKED CALLIGRAPHY


hey guys it's Shino with curvy

calligraphy and today I'm gonna show you

how to do a simple easy beginner

envelope with a calligraphy name and

address written on it and we're gonna be

using this handy dandy template guide

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hey guys I am just going to walk you

through a quick tutorial of how I use my

envelope guidelines to do what I think

is a really good beginner calligraphy

envelope so to me when I was first

starting out the most intimidating thing

about doing an envelope in calligraphy

it was writing all of that calligraphy

the name the address you know the

numbers everything and sort of getting

it all right without goofing up so I

think the most approachable way to write

an envelope when you're just starting

out in calligraphy is to do the name in

calligraphy and then do the address in a

smaller block text that to me is a

little bit more approachable and another

really difficult thing about calligraphy

envelopes is getting everything centered

I know that that's sort of the classic

beautiful look but it does take some

practice and sort of just getting

familiar with your writing and how much

space it takes in order to Center

everything so in this tutorial I'm going

to show you how to Center the name so

you get some practice of centering but

then we're gonna do the address in a

block text sort of off-center to the

left so you don't have to freak out so

much about that so I'm gonna use this

guide and I'm gonna write on this nice

mint colored envelope if you are worried

about ruining a bunch of envelopes with

your practice then just cut out like a

five by seven or five point two five by

seven point two five she

paper if your regular hold your practice

paper in that way you don't feel bad

ruining a bunch of ellipse practicing so

the first thing I'm gonna do is line up

my envelope in the box here this is an

a7 envelopes I'm gonna line it up in the

a7 bucks if you're using a smaller a2

envelope I line it up with the a2 box

and I'm just gonna use my pencil to

trace on the guide lines you want to do

this lightly with a pencil so that you

can erase all these guide lines once the

ink has like fully dried and I do these

lines underneath this is for the address

so I start these just a little bit left

of center and I try to line up them line

these up nice and straight here so that

I have a nice straight line to sort of

start off with and my address looks the

nice and lined up and then the last

thing I draw is the center line and you

don't have to go all the way across the

whole envelope but this just helps me to

sort of visualize centering my name so

one trick I like to do to help me Center

is to print out either the name or the

full name and address on a piece of just

regular paper and my word processing

software a regular word processing

software you just Center it and then

draw a line down the middle and this

will help you to sort of gauge how much

needs to go on the left side of the

center line how much needs to go on the

right side of the center line and this

isn't gonna be exact because obviously

this font doesn't match exactly your

calligraphy writing and how much space

that all takes up so just as an example

and I've done a sort of a range of

different kinds of fonts here and you

can see that they kind of generally the

center sort of hits and around the same

spot here this font is saying that you

know emily is a little bit smaller than

blunt but you know you can just sort of


and as you practice this you might find

a font that works better for your

particular writing and sort of matches

the spacing better but this will just

sort of give you a general at least to

start for how much you think should go

on the Left versus the light the right

side of the center line okay so I'm

gonna go ahead with my calligraphy here

and I as a beginning exercise like to do

just lowercase letters I know those

capital guys can be sort of tricky to

get a hang of if you want to throw in

capital letters and you're you're

comfortable with a few of them go ahead

and do that

I just find it easier to start with

lowercase letters and then build up as I

get more comfortable all right so I kind

of see I kind of want Emily to be on one

side and want to be on the other so I'm

going to just sort of start here and one

other trick I'm going to point out is

I'm not going to have a tail leading

into the e I'm just going to start the e

with no tail on the side and I'll show

you why at the end

so I'm just doing basic lowercase letter

in here using all my basic shapes

all right and then when I write blunt

I'm also not going to exit out with a

tail on this side and again I'll explain


all right so I'm not exiting out with

the tail so you can see here I have kind

of gotten this okay but actually it

turns out the emily's is a little bit

longer and takes up more space on the

left side of this in our line then the

blunt does and it's just just because

I've ended up writing blunt a little

closer together

my M is really big here my end is not as

big so I kind of just did this to

illustrate why practice will help you

just to get used to how your letters

will look and sort of give you a little

bit of a feel for centering but you can

also use a little sort of flourishing

trick to kind of help visually Center

this even though it's not technically so

this is why I have left off the exit and

entrance strokes so because I want to

give a little more weight here to the

end I'm actually going to carefully

extend out with a flourish here at the

end of my tea and I'm gonna add a little

flourish but not as much to the

beginning of the e and that way it kind

of it gives a little more weight over on

this end and kind of balances out that

this is shorter and then I'm gonna a

little cross stroke there to my T okay

and it kind of looks generally okay so

now I'm gonna add in the address part

and this I like to do in block text as a

beginner but block text can be tricky

with your appointed nib so just keep

that in mind you have to press very very

lightly and go slow and you might want

to sort of practice your block text if

it's really really hard for you to

create block text with your nib then you

can switch over to a really fine point

just regular pen and that'll help you

get a really similar look and it'll be

much easier so here I'm going to line up

worth where I've drawn my lines here

and this is cool because you can kind of

put in a nice sort of calligraphy style

number and then here I go with the block

text and the smaller you do this

the easier it will be

and the great part about adding block

text and have it line up sort of on the

left left justified here is that it

doesn't really matter if this sort of

trails off or if they're different

lengths it's intentionally meant to look

like it lines up here so it just makes

it a lot easier for spacing so for the

zip code I like to Center the zip code I

sort of have it spread out so it's under

here and here's a trick for that instead

of trying to write it out one by one

from left to right and hope that it

works out with the spacing I like to add

in my first letter and then add in the

last letter no sorry number and then

sort of see where the center is and zip

codes are five numbers right at least in

the US so you can put in the center and

then sort of Center the last two

and that gives you and I've sort of

goofed it up a little bit here you can

see the oh is a little bit over here but

this is much better than if I had tried

to do that just freehand working from

left to right so those are my tips and

tricks for how to do this

I think easier beginner envelope layout

and then once this ink completely dries

don't be impatient I've done this before

and I've tried to erase the guidelines

when this wasn't completely dry and you

smudge and it just like ruins all your

work and it's terrible so let this

completely dry I would say like at least

an hour just to be completely sure and

gently erase the guidelines and you have

I think a pretty nice looking envelope

so give it a try