Lowercase Calligraphy Breakdown

by Krystal Whitten September 30, 2019 2 Comments

Lowercase Calligraphy Breakdown

Do you want to know a secret? Calligraphy isn’t as hard as it looks. Truly! I believe anyone can learn calligraphy with some effort and patience, regardless of their normal handwriting. That’s because calligraphy is done with a series of basic strokes. And if you can do those strokes, you can do calligraphy.

Over the summer of 2019 I shared this secret of how to break down the lowercase letters into strokes in a series called The Lowercase Calligraphy Breakdown. I’m sharing it here as a blog post so you can find all the letters in one place. 

Here's an example of the separate strokes and how they go together to make the letter 'a'.

Breaking it down by strokes makes it easier to learn and less daunting. This tutorial goes letter by letter, because that's the best way to learn. Practice one letter at a time – and be sure to download my free worksheets of this exercise to learn step by step with me.

Download the practice worksheet

Below are the individual strokes you will need to learn to form the letters.

They are:

  • upstrokes,
  • downstrokes,
  • ovals,
  • entrance strokes,
  • underturns,
  • overturns, compound
  • curves,
  • ascending loops, and
  • descending loops.

Once you've practiced these individual strokes, you're ready to go.

Download the practice worksheets

Now let's start at the very beginning. For each letter below, you'll find the breakdown of the strokes followed by a visual example. Try each letter with me! 



Download the practice worksheets

Here are some things to remember:

  • Script can be done with the beautiful thicks and thins or as a single line, which is called "monoline." Try it first as a monoline if that's easier for you. You can even try it in pencil first. 

  • There are many ways to do calligraphic letters. Get the basic form down first, and then you can get creative and change it up.


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Thanks for reading!
With love and lettering,

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Krystal Whitten
Krystal Whitten


2 Responses

Wrenetta Hurst
Wrenetta Hurst

August 16, 2020

great tutorial thank you!


May 09, 2020

Thank you so much for this tutorial!! Now it really makes sense to me and I’m so excited to start doing it myself.

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