Calligraphy With Crayola Markers + Free Worksheet

Learn how to do calligraphy with Crayola markers with this step-by-step tutorial. Plus get access to a free calligraphy practice worksheet!


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Video Tutorial – How to: Calligraphy with Crayola Markers

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Free Calligraphy Practice Drills Worksheets

My niece wanted to start learning brush pen calligraphy a few months ago.

Let me tell you, I was super excited and super proud that my niece (14 years old) was interested in learning the same hobby I love so much!

Turns out, brush pens aren’t easily available where she lives (Colombia). Here in the USA, you can get them now in almost every craft store and even in major stores, like Walmart. But in Colombia, they are hard to find and even more expensive.

So I remembered that our good old Crayola makers are also good to create calligraphy!

It’s been a long time coming, but I finally created a video and blog post to show you how you can learn to do beautiful letters using Crayola markers.

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Step-by-Step Tutorial to Learn How to Do Crayola Calligraphy

Before we get into the steps, let me tell you a little secret… Your markers don’t have to be Crayola! ????

Crayola is just the most recognized brand I’ve seen. But there are other brands available like the Rose Art Markers. These are usually cheaper than Crayola markers.

The ONE THING you want to make sure is that your marker has a conic tip!

Crayola Markers conic tip demonstration by Vial Designs

Step 1: How to hold your marker.

To help you achieve the thin and thick strokes you need to create calligraphy, make sure you hold your pen at about a 45-degree angle.

How to hold the pen correctly to create calligraphy with crayola markers

Step 2: Important: Practice the Basic Calligraphy Drills.

Most people skip this step and jump right into making letters and writing words!

I’m guilty of doing this myself!

But the problem is that doing that won’t give you the right foundation to learn modern calligraphy the right way. You’ll also have a more challenging time trying to get the thin and thick strokes you need with Calligraphy.

Don’t apply any pressure when you’re pen is going up (upstrokes) and then apply pressure when your pen is going down (downstrokes)

Tip: watch my YouTube Video to know exactly how to form each calligraphy drill and grab the FREE worksheet by clicking here or filling out the form at the end of this blog post.

Basic Calligraphy Drills FREE worksheet

Step 3: Start practicing the lowercase & upper case letters.

Once you have practiced your Basic Calligraphy Drills and have managed to get the thin upstrokes and thick downstrokes, you can start practicing your lowercase lettering.

Remember that with calligraphy you form letters stroke by stroke.

Make sure you make a slow pause every time you make a stroke and go slow as you are forming your letters.

Lowercase letters page from my modern calligraphy workbook

This page is from My Modern Calligraphy Workbook for Large Brush Pens.

In this Printable Workbook, I show you exactly how to form each letter.

Once you’ve practiced the lowercase letters, it’s time to give the uppercase letters a try!

Uppercase letters page from my Modern Calligraphy Workbook

Step 4: Practice connecting your letters.

Notice that I have yet to mention that you need to practice words or phrases.

That’s because I want you to learn calligraphy the RIGHT WAY!

Don’t jump into creating letters right away without mastering the basics first!

In fact, I wrote a blog post about the Calligraphy Advice I’d give my beginner self, and that’s one of the things I’d say, and hence why I’m sharing it with you!

Lowercase alphabet practice page from the Modern Calligraphy Workbook by Vial Designs

Step 5: Start forming your words and phrases!

It’s time to put everything together and start practicing your words and phrases.

Forming words_Hello page from my Modern Calligraphy Workbook for beginners_using a crayola marker to do calligraphy

Step 6: Grab This Modern Calligraphy Workbook for Beginners.

After creating this blog post, I received a lot of requests for a guide to learn where they can practice all the steps I mentioned here.

That’s how my Modern Calligraphy for Large Brush Pens was born. You can use any medium-to-large brush pens AND your Crayola pens!

Modern calligraphy workbook for beginners using brush pens


No, really. Don’t do it!

Make sure you don’t skip those steps because each step builds on the next.

Last, but not least, don’t forget to practice!

Practice, practice, practice!

If you’ve been here for a little bit, then you know how much emphasis I put on practicing your craft!

And there you have it!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to create beautiful letters -aka- doing calligraphy using your Crayola Markers!

Calligraphy with Crayolas by Vial Designs

PS: Don’t have access to brush pens? No worries! All you need to get started learning Modern Calligraphy is pen and paper. In this tutorial, I show you exactly how to do it!

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Want to remember this for later? Save this STEP-BY-STEP TUTORIAL” TO YOUR FAVORITE PINTEREST BOARD!

Crayola Calligraphy Step-by-step tutorial plus free worksheet by Vial Designs

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