If I was to set myself one goal for 2019 it would be to learn the art of modern calligraphy, as well as how to write in many different styles, using different tools. In August I gave it a go but gave up instantly, I couldn’t do it. There’s always this little voice in my head that says you can’t. This year when I hear the you can’t I’m going to say I can, It may be hard but isn’t that the fun? To challenge myself to learn things and not give up. I’ve got a lovely collection of different nib pens, ink, brush pens so I’m good to go. The biggest question is will the hand lettering calligraphy journal from Paperchase help? Well, that’s why I’m doing this post as I want to show you how I learn over this next year. Starting with the journal.

For first impressions the cover had me straight away, the writing on it is what I hope to achieve one day. I was so excited to start practicing yet at the same time I couldn’t do it. I am a perfectionist when it comes to art, being creative, my heart shouts but what if you make a mistake? What if you ruin the book? Maybe you should be a pro first and then try the book? You can’t help but laugh right because obviously I will make mistakes, the book is to help me learn so I need to just give it a go. On the first page it says what tools I will need to use in the journal.

There is four sections in this journal with the first one being modern calligraphy. I will add that this post is to show you my first thoughts on the book before I start the journal, I will be posting again how I am getting on with it soon.

I like how the pages in each four sections are simple and not overwhelming, Right away I can see that I need to figure out where thicker and thinner lines need to be. Downward strokes thick, upward strokes thin, I’ve got this!

There are so many pages for me to practice on. I wish that the journal had page numbers so I could note down things like what I found the easiest, what pages I needed to carry on with first ect.

Above was just a few of the pages in the modern calligraphy section and now I’ll show you the second section, brush script. I will admit I find using a nib pen way easier than brush pens so this section I will find the most challenging, again, I can do it!

luckily I can see there are plenty of useful tips, there is also plenty of practice pages so if I do get something wrong I can always try on another page. With brush pens I find that I get on with smaller brushes, I find the longer the brush the harder it is to control.

In each section towards to end there is lots of plain paper to practice on. I won’t show you many pages from the brush script section as that section I will attempt last, I want to focus on the calligraphy section and the third section first.

The third section is hand lettering which I think I will find the easiest section in the whole journal, we will see.

I’m really excited to try and make letters more decorative, I remember doing things like that in school when I was suppose to be listening to the teacher.

The fourth and final section is mix and apply. The fourth section will be the last section I do seeing as I’ll have to use all the skills all of the other sections will helpfully teach me.

I couldn’t help but test out the paper that states it is 160gms, it’s true to its words on the back as it is indeed very thick paper.

On the back it says there is 176 pages in total, that’s plenty so I’m sure I’ll have hours of fun with so much to do. I need to get a grip, grab a pen and dive in, if I make a mistake that’s fine because this book is to teach me the many different ways to write. I will get back to you on how I get on with the calligraphy journal. There will be plenty more photos, showing my mistakes I’m sure but hopefully I can also show you my progress. Can you write in different styles?