3 common Calligraphy Gothic Mistakes made (And How to fix them) [+FREE TOOLKIT]


Last week, I published a blog and vlog about all the materials I use for writing in Calligraphy Gothic. In that post, I discussed all the materials I recommend, and I even gave a demonstration of each tool.

[PART 1] The tools I use for writing in Calligraphy Gothic

Every day I hear from people that I inspired them to start writing in Calligraphy Gothic. It is so lovely to hear from people that I am an inspiration for them.

But when I see people writing in Calligraphy Gothic, I see that they are making a lot of mistakes. And mostly, they don’t know how to fix it. But guess what?! Today I will talk about the top 3 mistakes people make when they try to write in Calligraphy Gothic. And I will also demonstrate you how you can fix it.

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Let’s dive in.

Prefer video version? I got you covered.

Mistake 1: Using the wrong materials

The first mistake I see people making is not using the right materials. If you haven’t read my previous blog post, you should read it before you continue this video. In that blog post, I discuss all the articles I recommend for writing in Calligraphy Gothic.

Here are the materials I recommend:

Your Calligraphy Gothic Materials don’t have to be expensive at all. My materials vary from $25 to even $1. Yes. You can start Calligraphy Gothic for just $1.

Curious what material I mean? Simple brushes. But you have to know the difference in your brushes to pick the right one. You have round brushes and flat brushes. If you are going to use the round brush, then your calligraphy gothic will not turn out as expected.

To see the difference between a round brush and a flat brush, make sure to check out the video.

And if you want a more in-depth guide, make sure to watch part 1.

But one thing I haven’t discussed in the video is the surface you are writing on.

If you have seen the demonstration of my Parallel Pen in part one: That pen runs on ink. If you are going to write on regular print paper, your paper will start bleeding.

But if you are using some thicker paper or even watercolor paper, your paper won’t bleed.

Mistake 2: Throwing the towel in the ring way too fast

The second mistake I see people make is throwing the towel in the ring way too soon. For example, They write only one letter. Then, that letter doesn’t turn out as expected, so they decide to give up after one try.

But studies say that if you want to master a skill, you need to practice that skill 10.000 hours.

Yup. 10.000 hours. I am dead serious.

Don’t worry, I didn’t practice 10.000 hours either, but I still know how to write in Calligraphy gothic.

You need to practice for everything that you want to learn. If you don’t have to do that: Congratulations. You are probably a kind of superhero or something.

I have experienced a lot of moments when I am at home, at school or even in public, while I am writing something in Calligraphy Gothic. And then, people stand next to me, and they say ‘’Oh wow! Your writing is so beautiful May I try that pen?’’

Then, I always give them my pen so they can try it their self. They write one letter, and that doesn’t turn out as expected. Then they give it back while they say: ‘’No nevermind, this is nothing for me. I can’t-do this.’’

Of course, you can’t master something by trying it just one time. 

They think that if you buy a $20 pen, you can automatically write in Calligraphy Gothic. No, No and no! I practiced hours for this. To be honest, those people frustrate me.

If we never practiced, we weren’t able to walk, to talk or even ride a bicycle.

For everything you want to learn, you need to practice first.

If you are ready to learn calligraphy gothic, I recommend you to practice 30 minutes a day, and I bet you will see results in the first week.

Related: [PART 1] The tools I use for writing in Calligraphy Gothic


Mistake 3: You haven’t downloaded the Calligraphy Gothic Toolkit yet.

The 3rd mistake I see people make is that they haven’t downloaded the free Calligraphy Gothic Toolkit yet.

Wait, Chelsea, what is the Calligraphy Gothic Toolkit?

This Toolkit is designed by yours truly, to teach you how you can master your calligraphy skills. This Toolkit contains seven pages full of recommended materials, and even worksheets.

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To see the full Toolkit demonstration; Check out the video.

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Leave a comment down below and tell me the nr.1 mistake you see people making when they try to write in Calligraphy Gothic.

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Lots of love,


Keep on reading: [PART 1] The tools I use for writing in Calligraphy Gothic

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Chelsea van Egmond is a creative girl boss who is specialized in shooting professional photos (With both an iPhone and DSLR), hand-lettering and Bullet Journaling. She also runs a blog called Join the Creative Side where she teaches bloggers and entrepreneurs how they can improve their photography and graphic design skills even if they don’t have any experience or a big budget. Her #1 mission: To help you build your visual story/brand.