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What is calligraphy style?

Want to know what calligraphy style is? Or maybe you want to understand the different calligraphy styles? This post will break down both.

What is calligraphy style?

Calligraphy style may refer to different branches of style under the modern calligraphy umbrella. Calligraphy styles include bounce calligraphy, flourished calligraphy, faux calligraphy and more.

Calligraphy style may also refer to the look of your own calligraphy. Your own calligraphy style is made up of a bunch of elements.

Calligrapher creating bounce calligraphy using a brush pen

What are some different calligraphy styles?

I briefly referenced calligraphy styles, so I will give a synopsis of each of them.

Bounce calligraphy

Bounce calligraphy is a fun and more fluid style of calligraphy. It is known for it's bouncy look, hence it's name, but there's much more to this calligraphy style.

Flourished calligraphy

Flourished calligraphy is a style that uses decorative swirls aka flourishes frequently. Just like learning the calligraphy basics, you need to practice flourishes regularly to build them into your muscle memory.

Faux calligraphy

Faux calligraphy is imitation calligraphy. It is often used when creating calligraphy on different mediums such as chalkboards which brush pens and pointed pens will not work on. You essentially create the outline of what calligraphy letters look like and fill them in to create the look of calligraphy created with brush pens and pointed pens.

Block lettering

Block lettering isn't a calligraphy style per se, but it is often used alongside calligraphy. This style refers to only capital letters being used, and it is often a rigid style. I've created my own variation of this though, which I call the "Relaxed block lettering" style.

You can get calligraphy workbooks for practice over on my website.

Flourished calligraphy workbook. Calligraphy style workbook

What elements make up calligraphy style?

There are several elements that create your own custom calligraphy style. These include:

  • Flourishes

  • Bounciness

  • Colour preferences

  • Props and backgrounds in photos

  • Angle of your letters

  • Combination of lettering styles used

  • Pen used (brush pen, pointed pen, glass pen, etc)

  • Medium used against (paper, digital, chalkboard, etc)

  • Number of words written (long pieces, single words, etc)

  • How each individual letter is designed

How to find your own calligraphy style

First things first, refer to the list above and start thinking about how your calligraphy relates to each of the elements.

Another way to find your own calligraphy style is to create your own custom calligraphy alphabet and hone in on letter design. You can learn how to do this in the Calligraphy Confidence Course.

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