What is calligraphy?
Calligraphy, sometimes referred to as brush lettering in modern-day styles, is a method of creating beautiful handwritten fonts using a variety of writing utensils. The calligraphy workshops taught at the U of M focus on brush lettering and faux lettering. See below for tutorials and instructions.
- Brush pens (you can find them fairly cheap at your local craft store or big box store like Target)
- Fine point pens, markers, or pencils (to create faux calligraphy)
- Mid size markers or pens (we recommend Crayola SuperTips or PaperMate felt tip pens)
You don't need to invest in these supplies before starting! You can learn everything with a pen and a sheet of paper, and explore on from there! If you want to try calligraphy or brush lettering using a brush pen, you can also visit the Breakerspace (basement of Walter Library) and borrow theirs.
Learn to do brush lettering
Holding a Brush Pen
7 Steps to Learn Hand Lettering
Calligraphy & Hand Lettering Basics
Learn to do faux calligraphy
Faux Calligraphy Basics