Peek inside our brush book...
'Secrets Of Brush Calligraphy' is our 3rd book, and this time we share our love of brush calligraphy with you. The beauty of brush lettering is that it can be as simple or as complicated as you choose. You can produce beautiful work using just one brush pen, or you can experiment with a variety of techniques, colours and products, and also combine them to give an assortment of different effects. Once you know how the products all work, you’ll be able to mix and match them to your hearts content!
We have broken this book down into seven simple projects so that by the end, you’ll have worked through all you need to know to create your own beautiful brush calligraphy with confidence.
You will learn new things with every project. Brush letters can change shape and size, even in the same word, depending on the composition of the piece you are creating. The shape of the same letter can be altered, by the other letters around it, and the space you want it to fill. You might decide to stretch one ‘a’ and then ‘squeeze’ another to create balance within a word or in your piece as a whole.
Think of brush calligraphy as drawing, not handwriting. You need to draw the letters twice as slowly as you would if you were writing. Brush letters require a consistent shape and an understanding of structure, even the most expressive styles but it’s not supposed to be perfect, so relax with it and have some fun!
Writing on objects is quite a leap from writing on a flat piece of paper. They may have lumps and bumps, roll around, be fragile and basically give you a whole new set of problems to solve. So, first make sure you secure the object as much as possible, then the secret to successfully writing on an object is to try and find a ‘prop’ to lean on. This ‘prop’ needs to be something that’s the same height as the object you are working on which will allow you to get into the right position to work.
Rules and proportions are important to understand, but the biggests secret to great brush calligraphy, is to play with them to make lettering that’s quirky and full of character. Don't overthink it - see what happens. By the end of this book, you’ll be using the skills and secrets you have learned to balance and perfect your calligraphy style.
Happy brush lettering!