Unlimited PS Actions, graphics, videos & courses! Unlimited asset downloads! From $16.50/m
Advertisement
  1. Design & Illustration
  2. Drawing

Mastering Calligraphy: Making Your Own Font

This post is part of a series called Mastering Calligraphy.
Mastering Calligraphy: How to Write in Gothic Script
Mastering Calligraphy: An Easy Introduction

In this last "Mastering Calligraphy" lesson, we're going to apply all that we've learned to create our own font. No more following the rules! It's all up to you! I'll walk you through the basic questions you need to answer before you start and then show you how to make an alphabet that feels cohesive.

Looking for a ready-made calligraphy font with a fancy alphabet to use in your projects? Look no further than Montheylin. It's ready to download and is included in your Envato Elements subscription:

Montheylin Modern Calligraphy Script Font Alphabet DownloadMontheylin Modern Calligraphy Script Font Alphabet DownloadMontheylin Modern Calligraphy Script Font Alphabet Download

Find even more awesome modern calligraphy script fonts from Envato Elements after the tutorial.

Are you ready to dive into this calligraphy writing tutorial? Let's get started by looking at the necessary supplies.

What You'll Need

How to do Calligraphy Letters Tutorial suppliesHow to do Calligraphy Letters Tutorial suppliesHow to do Calligraphy Letters Tutorial supplies

Before learning how to write calligraphy letters for your own alphabet, make sure you have these tools:

  • Pencil (optional)
  • Eraser (optional)
  • Black ink (preferably Speedball or Higgins waterproof ink)
  • Practice sheet
  • Pen holder (the black part of the pen above)
  • Flat tipped pen nib
  • Pointed pen nib

1. Choose Your Pen Tip

Before we even begin putting pen to paper, you need to decide what pen tip you'd like to use.

I will be demonstrating how with a pointed nib, you can achieve different font styles.

Step 1

Get comfy with your chosen nib.

How to do Calligraphy Letters Tutorial make your own font-pointy tipped penHow to do Calligraphy Letters Tutorial make your own font-pointy tipped penHow to do Calligraphy Letters Tutorial make your own font-pointy tipped pen

2. Start on the Lowercase Alphabet

Now it's time to dive into making your own lowercase alphabet. I'm going to show you how determining what two letters will look like helps you write out the rest. I would recommend using a pencil first to figure out how you want your letters to look.

Step 1

Make your own lowercase letter "e". I've made several below to give you an idea of what sorts of variations there are to choose from.

How to do Calligraphy Letters Tutorial make your own font-lowercase eHow to do Calligraphy Letters Tutorial make your own font-lowercase eHow to do Calligraphy Letters Tutorial make your own font-lowercase e

Step 2

The lowercase letter "e" is very similar to the letters "c", "o", "g", and "d". Thus, once you have your "e" decided, you can make these other letters because the way you drew the curve of the "e" will match how you draw other curves in the alphabet. Whether the connecting line in the "e" is drawn as a straight line or a curve will determine the straight lines of the rest of the letters. Below I've put a few examples showing what letters like the "e" will look like.

Step 3

Write out the lowercase letter "c" in a few different styles. Which do you like best?

Make your own font- lowercase c style variationsMake your own font- lowercase c style variationsMake your own font- lowercase c style variations

Step 4

Write out the lowercase letter "d" in a few different styles. Which do you like best?

Make your own font- lowercase d style variationsMake your own font- lowercase d style variationsMake your own font- lowercase d style variations

Step 5

Write out the lowercase letter "o" in a few different styles. Which do you like best?

Make your own font- lowercase o style variationsMake your own font- lowercase o style variationsMake your own font- lowercase o style variations

Step 6

Write out the lowercase letter "g" in a few different styles. Which do you like best?

Make your own font- lowercase g style variationsMake your own font- lowercase g style variationsMake your own font- lowercase g style variations

 Step 7

Make your own lowercase letter "h". I've made several below to give you an idea of what sorts of variations there are to choose from.

How to Write Calligraphy Letters Tutorial make your own font-lowercase hHow to Write Calligraphy Letters Tutorial make your own font-lowercase hHow to Write Calligraphy Letters Tutorial make your own font-lowercase h

Step 8

The lowercase letter "h" is very similar to the letters "b", "k", "i", and "t". Thus once you have your "h" decided, you can make these other letters because the way you drew the straight line of the "h" will be similar to how you draw the straight line of the others. 

Plus, the curve or linear nature of the hump of the "h" will determine how you make the humps and curves of other letters. Below I've put a few examples showing what letters like the "h" will look like.

Step 9

Write out the lowercase letter "k" in a few different styles. Which do you like best?

How to Write Calligraphy Letters Tutorial make your own font-lowercase letters like hHow to Write Calligraphy Letters Tutorial make your own font-lowercase letters like hHow to Write Calligraphy Letters Tutorial make your own font-lowercase letters like h

Step 10

Write out the lowercase letter "b" in a few different styles. Which do you like best?

How to Write Calligraphy Letters Tutorial make your own font-lowercase bHow to Write Calligraphy Letters Tutorial make your own font-lowercase bHow to Write Calligraphy Letters Tutorial make your own font-lowercase b

Step 11

Write out the lowercase letter "l" in a few different styles. Which do you like best?

How to Write Calligraphy Letters Tutorial make your own font-lowercase lHow to Write Calligraphy Letters Tutorial make your own font-lowercase lHow to Write Calligraphy Letters Tutorial make your own font-lowercase l

Step 12

Write out the lowercase letter "t" in a few different styles. Which do you like best?

How to Write Calligraphy Letters Tutorial make your own font-lowercase tHow to Write Calligraphy Letters Tutorial make your own font-lowercase tHow to Write Calligraphy Letters Tutorial make your own font-lowercase t

3. Write Out the Full Lowercase Alphabet

Now that you have quite a few of the letters down, it's time to write out your whole lowercase alphabet!

I decided on the curvy, loopy style!

How to Write Calligraphy Letters Tutorial make your own font-lowercase alphabet 1How to Write Calligraphy Letters Tutorial make your own font-lowercase alphabet 1How to Write Calligraphy Letters Tutorial make your own font-lowercase alphabet 1

4. How Fancy?

We're moving on to creating uppercase letters for your alphabet now, what style are you after?

I will be creating an uppercase alphabet in the same style of my lowercase alphabet so they match.

5. Start on the Uppercase Letters

Step 1

Now that you know how fancy your letters will be, it's time to start! Just like with the lowercase letters, we're going to begin with the letter "C" because how you make that letter determines the shape of many more. Below I've put a few examples of ways to make a unique capital letter "C".

Calligraphy Writing Tutorial make your own font-uppercase cCalligraphy Writing Tutorial make your own font-uppercase cCalligraphy Writing Tutorial make your own font-uppercase c

Step 2

The uppercase letter "C" is very similar to the letters "G", and "O". Thus, once you have your "C" decided, you can make these other letters because the way you drew the curve of the "C" will match how you draw other curves in the alphabet. Then the ends of your "C" will determine the ends of your other letters. Below I've put a few examples showing what letters like the "C" will look like.

Step 3

Write out the uppercase letter "G" in a few different styles. Which do you like best?

Calligraphy Writing Tutorial make your own font-uppercase GCalligraphy Writing Tutorial make your own font-uppercase GCalligraphy Writing Tutorial make your own font-uppercase G

Step 4

Write out the uppercase letter "O" in a few different styles. Which do you like best?

How to Write Calligraphy Letters Tutorial make your own font-uppercase OHow to Write Calligraphy Letters Tutorial make your own font-uppercase OHow to Write Calligraphy Letters Tutorial make your own font-uppercase O

Step 5

Make your own uppercase letter "L". I've made several below to give you an idea of what sorts of variations there are to choose from.

Calligraphy Writing Tutorial make your own font-uppercase lCalligraphy Writing Tutorial make your own font-uppercase lCalligraphy Writing Tutorial make your own font-uppercase l

Step 6

The uppercase letter "L" is very similar to the letters "D", "F", "H", and "P". Thus, once you have your "L" decided, you can make these other letters because the way you drew the straight line of the "L" (such as the angle) will be similar to how you draw the straight line of the others. Plus, the ends of the "L" will determine how you make the ends of other letters. Below I've put a few examples showing what letters like the "L" will look like.

Step 7

Write out the uppercase letter "D" in a few different styles. Which do you like best?

Calligraphy Writing Tutorial make your own font-uppercase DCalligraphy Writing Tutorial make your own font-uppercase DCalligraphy Writing Tutorial make your own font-uppercase D

Step 8

Write out the uppercase letter "F" in a few different styles. Which do you like best?

Calligraphy Writing Tutorial make your own font-uppercase FCalligraphy Writing Tutorial make your own font-uppercase FCalligraphy Writing Tutorial make your own font-uppercase F

Step 9

Write out the uppercase letter "H" in a few different styles. Which do you like best?

Calligraphy Writing Tutorial make your own font-uppercase HCalligraphy Writing Tutorial make your own font-uppercase HCalligraphy Writing Tutorial make your own font-uppercase H

6. Write Out the Full Uppercase Alphabet

Now that you have quite a few of the letters down, it's time to write out your whole uppercase alphabet!

As you can see, like my lowercase alphabet these uppercase letters are very much curvy, and a little loopy!

Calligraphy Fancy Alphabet Tutorial make your own font-uppercase alphabet 2Calligraphy Fancy Alphabet Tutorial make your own font-uppercase alphabet 2Calligraphy Fancy Alphabet Tutorial make your own font-uppercase alphabet 2

7. Putting It All Together

Now that you have a whole alphabet of your own creation, let's put it all together! Write out something meaningful to you, perhaps a poem or an inspirational quote. I wrote congratulations for you! You have made your own font!

Calligraphy Fancy Alphabet Tutorial make your own font-putting it togetherCalligraphy Fancy Alphabet Tutorial make your own font-putting it togetherCalligraphy Fancy Alphabet Tutorial make your own font-putting it together

Pretty Calligraphy Fonts From Envato Elements

Creating your own pointed pen or straight calligraphy fonts is a bit of a process. If you need a pretty calligraphy font download for your project instead, check out these options from Envato Elements.

1. Tsuchiya Modern Calligraphy Font (OTF, TTF)

Tsuchiya Calligraphy Fancy Alphabet Font DownloadTsuchiya Calligraphy Fancy Alphabet Font DownloadTsuchiya Calligraphy Fancy Alphabet Font Download

Calligraphy as an art form has roots dating back to the Han dynasty, and Tsuchiya updates it for 2021. The stylish glyphs include uppercase and lowercase letters, as well as numbers and symbols. It's a cool download if you're looking for pretty calligraphy fonts.

2. Tessla: Lovely Script Font (OTF, TTF)

Tessla Calligraphy Script Font Alphabet DownloadTessla Calligraphy Script Font Alphabet DownloadTessla Calligraphy Script Font Alphabet Download

Tessla is here for fans of calligraphy fonts with flair. Its modern style can be seen in numbers, symbols, and of course uppercase and lowercase letters. There are also some wonderful ligatures in this download. If you like pretty calligraphy fonts with a fancy alphabet, use Tessla.

3. Badegan Calligraphy (OTF, TTF, WOFF, WOFF2, EOT, SVG)

Badegan Modern Calligraphy Script Font Alphabet DownloadBadegan Modern Calligraphy Script Font Alphabet DownloadBadegan Modern Calligraphy Script Font Alphabet Download

Here's another pretty calligraphy font that blends traditional and modern design. Badegan features a handmade style that looks great for a variety of uses. This modern calligraphy script font alphabet features more than 370 glyphs, including alternative characters. It also has web font files for online use.

4. Montheylin Calligraphy Font (OTF, TTF, WOFF)

Montheylin Modern Calligraphy Script Font Alphabet DownloadMontheylin Modern Calligraphy Script Font Alphabet DownloadMontheylin Modern Calligraphy Script Font Alphabet Download

Montheylin is a featured modern calligraphy script font alphabet for a reason. It features beautiful lines in each letter and stunning ligatures. The elegant lettering is available in TrueType and web font types. It's also one of the many versatile pretty calligraphy fonts on Envato Elements. Use Montheylin's handwritten style for wedding invitations, book covers, flyers, and more.

5. Designest Calligraphy (OTF, TTF, WOFF, WOFF2)

Designest Pointed Pen Calligraphy Font DownloadDesignest Pointed Pen Calligraphy Font DownloadDesignest Pointed Pen Calligraphy Font Download

If you like the look of straight calligraphy fonts, you'll love Designest. It's a professionally designed calligraphy font download that's accessible. The script features alternate glyphs and support for most Western languages. This pointed pen calligraphy font with a fancy alphabet is nice for branding, social media, and other projects.

You've Just Made Your Own Font!

Learning how to do calligraphy letters was much easier than you thought, right? Creating your own calligraphy script font alphabet means that you can match your lettering to the content.

If you're writing a wedding invitation, you'll want a fancy, curlicue alphabet. If you're writing invitations to a monster theme party, then an angular, serif font is the best choice. Once you create one alphabet of your own, it's easy to go through the steps again and make another!

Looking to find more resources about calligraphy fonts? Look no further than these articles from Envato Tuts+.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Looking for something to help kick start your next project?
Envato Market has a range of items for sale to help get you started.