Calligraphy becomes more and more popular nowadays. It is almost everywhere: On store windows, on envelopes, signs; Everywhere!
And who doesn’t get tempted to learn calligraphy their self when they see all those beautiful hand-lettering projects. Well, I got.
I bought my first calligraphy brushes a year ago. I practiced, and I practiced. I also took a class on Skillshare (Use this link to get two free premium months!).
But after practicing brush lettering, I wanted to try another style. I got a little bored with brush lettering all the time since already a lot of people do brush lettering.
After browsing Pinterest, I found a new style: Calligraphy Gothic. Again, I took a class on Skillshare, and I loved it. I experimented with styles, materials, colors, and paper. It didn’t take long before I developed my style.
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You can even learn calligraphy gothic with a flat brush from the dollar store. Don’t believe me? Take a look at yourself:
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After practicing with a brush, it was time to buy my first calligraphy gothic set. I practiced and practiced again. And it also didn’t take long before I mastered that style.
And a week ago, I bought my first Pilot Parallel pen. With this, you can not only write in calligraphy gothic, but you can also write logos. You should check out this artist Seb Lester. He recreates logos with only a Pilot Parallel pen.
Currently, I have three favorite Calligraphy Gothic tools. In today’s blog post, I will show and demonstrate you all my favorite Calligraphy Gothic tools I use.
- [PART 1] Writing in Calligraphy Gothic: My favorite tools I use [+ FREE TOOLKIT]
- [PART 2] 3 common Calligraphy Gothic Mistakes made (And How to fix them) [+FREE TOOLKIT]
The first tool you can use is flat brushes. And you can buy those brushes in a dollar store, hobby store, or even in your supermarket. If you don’t have flat brushes, you can cut off some strings with a knife, so your brushes will turn into flat brushes.
Make sure to dip your brush into some paint, and from there you can write in Calligraphy Gothic.
One thing I don’t like about writing with brushes: There are chances your brush is going to feather. This results in distorted edges. Painting with brushes requires a lot of practice. But there is one pro: Once you mastered painting with brushes, every other material becomes a piece of cake.
Professional pen set
This was my first official calligraphy gothic set I bought. I bought it from a local store with the brand called Bruynzeel. I don’t know if this pen is available in your country, but I listed a similar set here.
The best part about this pen is that it is refillable. If you have any of those ink pen cartridges, (It comes with the set I recommended you) you can easily refill them. So if your pen runs out of ink, you don’t have to buy a new pen.
What I also like about This pen, is that it came in four different sizes. I have a thick one, and it goes down to a fragile one. That is ideal for writing in detail. If you like details, this set is perfect for you.
This pen cost me about 20 dollars. I know, that looks expensive, but I already have this set for two years, and it is still in an excellent condition. But the set I recommended for you is a little cheaper, but it comes with way more tools and cartridges. Unfair, haha.
Check out the video to see the demonstration.
If you have watched the video, you will see that the writing of this pen looks way cleaner, since this pen can’t feather.
Pilot Parallel Pen
The last pen is the Pilot Parallel Pen. And a fun fact: The pen came in the mail 2 hours before I decided to film this video.
That is why I didn’t have a lot of time to practice. But in the video, I will show you what I learned so far.
This pen looks similar to the kit I told you about before, but it is still a little different. It is way thicker, and with this pen, you can also use the sides to write.Amazing if you want to add some thin lines as extra detail
The ink of this pen flows easy. You don’t even have to press. But I recommend you to use thick paper instead of regular print paper since the ink will bleed through otherwise.
Check out the video to see the quotes I wrote with it so far.
Those were all the materials I used to write in Calligraphy gothic. If you liked this post, make sure to share it on your favorite social media platform. And also, please don’t forget to pin it on Pinterest. And while you are on Pinterest, why not follow my profile. I have tons of calligraphy related pins 😉
Lots of love,
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