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How to Outline and Sketch Your Calligraphy Design


“Measure twice, cut once” doesn’t just apply to carpentry. I think it’s for calligraphers, as well!

When I was just starting out, I thought “eyeballing it” was good enough for my calligraphy designs. That’s fine when you’re making a small design for your own use. But when someone is paying you $500 to calligraph their wedding vows, you better make sure it’s PERFECT! So you best believe I’m spending half my time sketching out my pieces before ink ever touches paper!

I’m so excited to show you my method, because as simple as it may seem, this is a step that can really trip people up!

Whether you’re using graph paper, a light box, a window, a laser level, a phantom liner or a ruler and a pencil (freestyle, baby!), symmetrical designs will always look better in the long run!

If you’re ready to see your skills grow, this video is for you ◡̈

I mentioned that if you’re having trouble erasing the pencil lines after your ink dries, it could be because of the tools you’re using. Investing in quality supplies will ALWAYS be worth it, friend! Take it from someone who bootstraps her way through life. This is one area we just cannot afford to be cheap.

I’ve linked all my tools here for you as well!

General’s Tri Tip eraser

Faber-Castell HB pencil

Brause EF66 nib

Great option for a beginner: Nikko G nib

Walnut ink

Rhodia Graph paper

Rhodia Classic paper


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Happy calligraphing!





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