LEARN HOW TO DO CALLIGRAPHY WITH CRAYOLA MARKERS WITH THIS STEP-BY-STEP TUTORIAL AND FREE CALLIGRAPHY PRACTICE WORKSHEET!
A few months ago, my niece wanted to start learning brush pen calligraphy.
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.
WATCH THE STEP-BY-STEP VIDEO HOW TO DO CALLIGRAPHY WITH CRAYOLA MARKERS
This post may contain some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission, but it won’t cost you a penny more)! Read my full disclosure policy here.
TOOLS YOU’LL NEED
- Crayola broad line markers
- Now, you can also use other broad line markers like Crayola super tips markers, or even other brands of broad line markers like RoseArt Broadline Markers
- Paper: with these types of markers, you can use regular paper. But for smoother calligraphy writing, I recommend using the HP Premium Printer Paper, Rhodia pads, or marker paper.
- My Free Basic Calligraphy Drills worksheet. You can get access to the worksheet by filling out the form at the end of this blog post.
- (Optional) But highly suggested: My Modern Calligraphy Workbook – Large Brush Pens
Get access to the FREE Calligraphy Practice Drills Worksheet by filling out the form below
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! 🤯
The ONE THING you want to make sure is that your marker has a conic tip!
Step 1: Make sure you’re holding your pen correctly.
To help you achieve the thin and thick strokes you need in to create calligraphy, make sure you hold your pen at about 45 degree angle.
Step 2: 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 harder 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 filling out the form at the end of this blog post.
Step 3: Start practicing the lowercase & upper case letters
Once you have practice 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.
This page is from My Modern Calligraphy Workbook for Large Brush Pens.
On this Printable Workbook, I show you exactly how to form each letter.
If you’d like to know exactly what the workbook covers, take a pick here:
Once you’ve practiced the lowercase letters, it’s time to give the uppercase letters a try!
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!
Step 5: Start forming your words and phrases!
Now, it’s time to put everything together and start practicing your words and phrases.
PRO – TIP: DON’T STKIP THE PREVIOUS STEPS!
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!
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!
Come over to the Facebook Group and share your work with like-minded lettering and doodling lovers!
WANT TO REMEMBER THIS FOR LATER? SAVE THIS “STEP-BY-STEP TUTORIAL” TO YOUR FAVORITE PINTEREST BOARD!