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Four ways to write a name | Brush Calligraphy Tips

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Want to explore four ways to write a name with one brush pen? I'll take you through my thought process as I try to change the style and look of these four variations. Which style was your favorite? What name will you try? Tell me in a comment below - I love hearing from you! *** Insta-fam!!! Are you participting in my #afterbedtimechallenge? Share a photo of your work on Instgram and use the hashtag, #afterbedtimechallenge I mentioned that I posted this on Instagram, but I actually DID NOT. (whoops. LIFE, right?) Thanks for watching this video anyway!!! *** SUPPLIES USED IN THIS VIDEO: Kuretake Brushable: Amazon: http://amzn.to/2zuBYDv Paper & Ink Arts: http://store.yahoo.com/cgi-bin/clink?yhst-141105795965626+WRq756+brusha.html Canson Tracing Paper: Amazon: http://amzn.to/2guwNMC GUIDESHEETS: http://piecescalligraphy.com/learn *** Learn how to rock at brush calligraphy! Web: http://piecescalligraphy.com Instagram: http://instagram.com/piecescalligraphy
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Johnson Mary (6 months ago)
Faine Lo (7 months ago)
I barely even comment any videos on YouTube but your videos really caught my eye Your style is so nice and it’s so satisfying to watch you doing calligraphy!!! I learnt traditional copperplate calligraphy and then stopped practising for quite awhile now. I think I am going to pick it up again so thank you very much for you video!!’
Faine Lo (7 months ago)
Love you btw!!
kim jacquay (8 months ago)
I really love your calligraphy. My actual handwriting is good but because I’ve been practicing my basic strokes, my handwriting has improved. I will see you on Instagram 💜. Look for me. Kim
Debrah Segal (10 months ago)
The second one is my favorite however all of them are pretty. I like your “bouncy” lettering more than some others because I can read it immediately. Some are done in a way that it takes some seconds or a minute to figure out what it says and that, to me, defeats the purpose.
Martha West (10 months ago)
I love #3 and # 2 , thank you so much for sh sharing 💖❣️
I d (11 months ago)
I would like to see the name tags
Charese Fernandes (1 year ago)
I love seeing your process! So helpful!
Evelina Cretu (1 year ago)
2 or 3
Elaine Yau (1 year ago)
I go for no. 2 coz it's classic and elegant.
Stephanie Goodwin (1 year ago)
Sorry a little late seeing this video, but I absolutely love the top 3 but like you, I do love the "h" on the 4th example. You just write so beautifully. It is funny how people follow the same rules for any type lettering, and yet everyone's writing and letters are still all so different. But I do love your writing and lettering. Thank you for sharing.
Audrey Hamelin (1 year ago)
Hi there, they are all so pretty! I tend to letter more more modern but I want to learn a more traditional or more copperplate like calligraphy, do you happen to have a worksheet for your traditional font?
Natalie Harris (1 year ago)
Which do we like the best. My eye is always drawn toward Copperplate, Spencerien (I know I misspelled that somehow, tbh I'm surprised I remembered the word at all) and such as in 2, but when it comes to brush pens I adore the bouncy flowiness of 3 and 4. Lastly, even though it is beautiful, #1 is the same song and dance I've been practicing for a long time. To answer your question, I personally like #3 the best! Thanks for the video, as always. I don't always leave comments but I'm out here and ever grateful!
Pieces Calligraphy (1 year ago)
Thanks, Natalie! I agree that I am drawn to more traditional styles as well. There's something so serene and grand about them. <3 Thanks for sharing!!!
Maureen Miller (1 year ago)
Thank you! Number two is my favorite, but I like them all.
Pieces Calligraphy (1 year ago)
Thanks, Maureen!
Barbara Level (1 year ago)
yes to name tags--will watch your videos
Pieces Calligraphy (1 year ago)
Thanks, Barbara!!!
Linda Epstein (1 year ago)
Love this video because it really shows how to make lettering different from someone else compared to an exact copy. I tend to favor the Copperplate style, although I need a lot more practice with it. I find the first one the easiest to do, and that's the one I started with before taking your class because I figured it out by just playing. Anyway, great job as always, and I'm hoping to be able to take your class on the capitals.
Linda Epstein (1 year ago)
I missed the last two live trainings, but I did watch the replays. I'm looking forward to seeing the capitals segment. Thanks for all you do for us.
Pieces Calligraphy (1 year ago)
Thank you always, Linda! I'd love for you to learn capitals with me soon. Are you tuning in to the monthly live trainings? I will be hosting a capitals segment either this summer or fall!
Ilona Krause (1 year ago)
Hey, first of all thank you, because with this video I have learned something again and can understand! I have two comments: 1) Can you write on tracing paper with all brush pens without destroying the tip? 2) If you look at the finished lettering (here four words), you look as an observer almost obliquely from the page on your drawing process and the finished writing. Now I have a so-called snipping tool, with which I photograph every part of the screen, then cut out this image section and virtually save as an image and print. Then I do not have to open the video again and again ... So maybe at the end of a finished lettering, can you just lay the sheet for a few seconds so that you can see the words as if you had written them yourself? Maybe you have the rest - that would be great!
Ilona Krause (1 year ago)
Thank you so much!
Pieces Calligraphy (1 year ago)
That makes sense! Thanks for explaining. Head over to my Instagram account >>> http://instagram.com/piecescalligraphy - I just shared a photo that I know you're going to like!
Ilona Krause (1 year ago)
Hey, Thanks for your answer. My native language is German, so maybe some things were not so clear because I use the Google translator: Snipping Tool is a free and simple application which allows users to take a screenshot of a specific online page. You can photograph every little content of the current screen and save it as jpeg or png. In the case of a video, I stop the video at that point where I can see a meaningful content for me - in this case, the four finished words you wrote. The saved screenshot I paste as a picture in a Word document and print it to me. So I can always look at it and be reminded! Therefore, my request to lay the sheet of paper at one point of the video completely straight and then film ... I hope it has become clearer now.
Pieces Calligraphy (1 year ago)
You are so welcome, Ilona! Excited to have you. To answer your questions: 1) Yes. The key is to hold the pen properly (I have other videos that demonstrate the proper grip and positioning). But tracing paper in general is so good for your pen. It's super smooth, soft, and no texture at all that can fray your pen! And 2) Let me make sure I understand - are you saying to share a still photo of the finished piece for a few seconds so you can pause and see everything at one time? Or are you talking about something else? Please explain! It sounds like a great idea that I don't want to miss. Thanks so much!!!
Robin Manzanares (1 year ago)
Where can I buy those pens at??
Pieces Calligraphy (1 year ago)
Hi Robin! You can find on Amazon or Paper Ink and Arts (links are in the description box). Where are you located? Hopefully you can find them locally. But I've found that ordering online is often the best and easiest.
Pieces Calligraphy (1 year ago)
Thank you, Ilona!
Robin Manzanares (1 year ago)
Ilona Krause thanks for the info. Great tip on saving money.
Ilona Krause (1 year ago)
The pen used in the video is the KURETAKE ZIG BRUSHABLES. I bought mine at a low price at AliExpress - just be patient with the long delivery time (China): Delivery reliable - quality super!
Patricia Prints (1 year ago)
I naturally write like #2 (straight, consistent angle) but I want to be more like #3, more bouncy. I always gravitate to more bouncy/modern lettering, but it's not my natural writing style:( More work and practice needed.
Patricia Prints (1 year ago)
Pieces Calligraphy agreed, let’s keep practicing! My goal would be to easily switch between the two styles.
Pieces Calligraphy (1 year ago)
Thanks for sharing, Patricia! Let's practice together. <3
Charlotte Ragan (1 year ago)
Beautiful lettering. I like first one and the third one. I enjoy all your videos.
Pieces Calligraphy (1 year ago)
Thanks so much, Charlotte!!!
Gail Alli (1 year ago)
Sharisse you know me...traditionalists....number 2 is the bomb! Essentially my style
Pieces Calligraphy (1 year ago)
I do know you, Gail!!!
Mrs. D. (1 year ago)
I think I like number one the best. Maybe because I would be able to imitate it more easily. Of course everything you do is pretty.😍
Pieces Calligraphy (1 year ago)
Aww, thanks, Mrs. D! So sweet of you. <3
بھائی لوگ (1 year ago)
should not let me come to my stylish signature. (Raja Shahzad) please
ixmissyu (1 year ago)
Pieces Calligraphy (1 year ago)
chloe t (1 year ago)
my favorite is 4
Pieces Calligraphy (1 year ago)
Awesome! Thanks, Chloe.
Kim Curtis (1 year ago)
Those last two are just stunning! Those H's are so beautiful! I'm so new but love learning from you! Beautiful work! xo from Utah
Pieces Calligraphy (1 year ago)
Thanks, Kim! Hi from California!!! We visited SLC earlier this month - GORGEOUS!!!
Judy Morgan (1 year ago)
Thank you, and have a great time in class.
Pieces Calligraphy (1 year ago)
Thanks, Judy!!!
Pam Fernandez (1 year ago)
I'm just starting out so I really like #1. How long have you been doing brush lettering? How long would you suggest practicing each day?
Pieces Calligraphy (1 year ago)
So happy to hear from you, Pam! I started in September 2014, but didn't really dive in until later that next year. I would suggest starting with at least 5-15 minutes. But the thing is, it's not so much quantity, it's quality. So if you only have 5 minutes, be sure to practice just one technique or focus on one thing to improve on. You don't want to mindlessly write and not actually make progress. Also, if it's easier to find an hour on the weekend, uninterrupted and free from distractions, then don't sweat it if you can't practice every day. Just look forward to that precious one hour and be sure to protect it!!! Hope that helps <3 <3

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