3 Myths About Learning Calligraphy...DeBunked!

Updated: Dec 2, 2019


I've been teaching calligraphy for nearly 2 years now, and I've heard a few different myths about learning calligraphy from my students. I always hate to see anyone pass up trying something new because they think they're not cut out for it, so this week I'm quashing 3 of the most common myths about learning calligraphy! Read on to hear some serious encouragement to try something new. 😊

3 Myths About Learning Calligraphy

1. If my handwriting is bad, I can't do calligraphy.

If you don't like your handwriting, calligraphy may be all the MORE for you! A lot of the same concepts apply in both personal handwriting and learning calligraphy. In fact, when I'm asked for tips to improve a friend's handwriting, I always share the same foundations that I start my calligraphy classes with.

Handwriting is a very important skill -- even in today's technology-driving society. You can read more and sign up for my 5 Days to Better Handwriting Challenge here!

2. I need a bunch of supplies to start.

Thankfully, this is completely false! You can start learning calligraphy with just a soft-lead pencil and some notebook paper, if you prefer! Learning the basic letter forms and (for pointed pen calligraphy) learning when to put more or less pressure on your pencil tip is a great place to start, and doesn't take a lot of specialty equipment.

Even when you're ready to pick up that traditional calligraphy dip pen, there aren't many supplies needed. In my beginning classes, I start each of my students off with just 5 things: paper, an oblique pen holder, a nib, and ink. That's it! Of course, if you're like me with new hobbies, there will be a million things you'll WANT to buy just because new toys are fun haha. But getting started is a very wallet-friendly thing to do!

3. I'm not a creative person, so I won't be any good at calligraphy.

Oh man, this is my favorite myth to debunk! Don't cut yourself short -- everyone is creative in their own way. You're probably rolling your eyes at me, but I'm being completely serious! Painting, drawing, calligraphy... these are all learned skills, but the creativity behind those skills is something that everyone has, and everyone's style of creativity is completely unique. That's the beautiful thing about art!

Please don't limit yourself by saying you're not creative! If you're skeptical, challenge yourself to try something new and give yourself the grace to explore what makes you happy. I'm not saying you'll be a world-renowned artist on your first attempt, but if you enjoy the time spent making something creating, then to me that makes it worth it!

More from Shannon that you might enjoy:

Interested in improving your handwriting? Click here to check out my 5 day challenge!

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