A Calligraphy Trick (+ A Bit of Nostalgia)

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Since Elementary I’ve never had very pretty handwriting, it has always been mediocre. I remember very distinctly sitting in my third grade classroom, learning the basics of cursive, as I re-wrote and re-wrote the alphabet on the special lined paper. After each attempt, I compared with the girls around me and always felt a little bit under par, mostly because of their pretty swirls and perfectly curved lines of each letter. I spent my elementary years writing a little circle above my “i”‘s to changing up my “a”‘s, depending on how my best friends wrote. So as the years have gone by I would say my cursive looks much better (thanks to MANY years of notetaking/doodling, Thank you junior year history!)

Last summer, I learned this trick from the one and only Emily, from cupcakes and cashmere! Which completely changed my letter addressing, inspirational quote writing, and card giving!

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To start: You will need some notecards to practice and either a very black ball-point pen or my favorite, an ultra-fine point black sharpie, and even some watercolor to decorate your pretty writing with some spring-time florals.

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Begin by writing your quote or word in basic cursive (which will take some practice perfecting!)

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Then go back and very carefully trace the lines of each letter, only when your pen goes down and stop tracing once your pen begins to write up. This creates a bit of thickness and the illusion of a calligraphy pen.

and thats it! So easy and so pretty once finished!

Now just add some watercolor to finish off your pretty writing.

 

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