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Simple Calligraphy Tricks and 25 Simple headers to get you started!

We have all been there – its hard to create something pretty sometimes! So I have taken some time to not only show you step by step, but round up some really great header posts for additional inspiration! Calligraphy is probably the hardest and there is hand lettering how toos everywhere. There are piles of videos and templates, but really, the best thing you can do is practice! I have been practicing for years, so I realize it can look easy and then you try and it looks like a mess. Don’t think I didn’t start out looking messy and sloppy! Of course I did! My natural handwriting is messy and big and sloppy and Im ok with that! I cannot express enough though, that drills are key to improving your strokes. So that is where we started! And also – I have decided to sacrifice my mint colored Lemome journal to all these “How to” posts!

Trick 1: Practice 😛

If you already own a brush pen then start practicing your up and down strokes. Up is always light ant thin, and down is thick. The best drill for this is making a wave. I find that I hold my breath on the upstokes! I dont recommend this but I found it helps me! The pressure you apply is crucial, dont be shy to test your pen pressure, quite often, I have found in our brush lettering workshops and classes people didnt realise how much pressure you can actually apply to the down stroke.

Ive included some days of the week to show you how they start, some start with a thin up and some start with a the thick down stroke.

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In our freebies section we have some gorgeous lettering practice pages, for all sorts of lettering styles, and in our exclusive section we have our workshop books covers off hand-lettering!


Trick 2: Fake Calligraphy

Fake brush lettering! This is such a simple trick and can look so effective!

  1. Here I am using my artline drawing system pen at 0.4mm. I use basic cursive to write a title. You want to make sure you have enough space to go back and draw in the “fake” down strokes.
  2. Go back to the beginning of your title and for each down stroke, create a “shadow line” or line that comes down right next to it.
  3. Color in the spaces, you can do this one of 2 ways, either use a brush pen to do this, or colour it in using a black pen or coloured pens.
  4. Take it to the next level, add a colored shadow or color in the blocks with a different color.

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Trick 3: Creative Calligraphy

Lets get a little more creative! Using the above process, but starting in pencil, add some sweet little floral elements!

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Trick 4: Fake Ombre Lettering

  1. Use a pencil to lightly cursive your word
  2. use the above process to create boxes to color
  3. Color in with water color pencils, I used Derwent watercolor pencils.
  4. Use just a little water and work from light to dark
  5. Let it dry

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Trick 5:

Now this is a simple and pretty straight forward sneaky trick, the simplest way to create cute headers is to practice with cheap and easy to use pens, here we have super tips, artline stix, and standard crayolas, they make a great impact and you can blend them with a little bit of water. Not to much water though! But just a little to mix the colors. These are great because they don.t cost a fortune and come in Hundreds of colors!


 

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Trick 5: Try different things

Try giving your headings a boarder, or shading them in such a way to look like a ribbon

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Some Inspirational Headers!

If you want some additional bullet journal header inspiration, these creative journalists have you covered! (Click on the image to go straight to their insta page)

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@mathusbujo

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@couleursduvent

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@ingasbujo

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@bujovicky

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@letteringonpaper

 

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Nicola Knobel

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Hi Lovely! My name is Nicola and I am the face behind My Inner Creative. I am a die hard (obsessed) bullet journalist, and a over excited creative. Please note that some of our posts contain affiliate links, this means that at absolutely no additional cost to you, I can make a small comission from your purchase. You can read more about that, and me over at my "About page"
 
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