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The Basic Strokes of Calligraphy

If you've already purchased one of our calligraphy starter kits, you would already know about the basic strokes of calligraphy. If you haven't, here is a short description of what it's all about. Of course, the kits go into more detail in terms of the pressure points, how it's formed and more. 

These squiggly lines you see are known as the basic strokes. They are a fundamental element in learning calligraphy. They are the foundations that will create the entire calligraphy alphabet. There are eight basic strokes; upstroke, downstroke, overturn, underturn, compound curve, oval, ascender and descender. It is vital that you practise these strokes until you are consistent as it will set you on the right path to writing beautifully.  

Basic strokes of calligraphy

upstroke

downstroke

overturn

underturn

compound curve

oval

ascender

descender

Each letter is made up of their own combination of strokes that connect to create the letter. This probably doesn't make much sense at all, but once you see some examples, you will soon understand why we consider the basic strokes a vital element. Let's take a look at some examples. For instance, the letter 'a' is made up of connecting two separate strokes; the oval and the underturn strokes.

how to form a in calligraphy

oval

underturn

While the letter 'h' connects three separate strokes; upstroke, ascender and the compound curve. Simple as that! Maybe not that simple, you still need to think about every other letter that have their own set of strokes, while also thinking about pressure points, positioning, bounce and more.

how to form the letter h in calligraphy

upstroke

ascender

compound curve

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