One of the hardest, yet most rewarding things we are able to do is learn new things. The fear of messing up and the want to do something perfectly in the beginning drives many, including me away from the many activities that I am unable to perform correctly the first time. It takes a lot of effort to be able to perfect something, and I hope that learning brush calligraphy is something that will pay off well in the future when I'm able to create my own cards and pieces. Currently, things aren't going too well and I'm trying my best, but I still can't help but feel frustrated that I haven't progressed to an Instagram level of perfection. I know that their level most likely took hours of practice, but it makes me worry sometimes that I'm not patient enough for this art.
I attempted to create a card for my friend D, who's birthday is coming up soon and I've added a picture below for future reference so that I can hopefully record my progression as a calligrapher and hopefully come back to this one day to have a good laugh.
I was able to create this card using watercolor paper and Artist's Loft water colors with my Pentel Aquash along with a few pens. The lettering on this card was fairly easy, all I had to do was create stronger downstrokes on the bold lines on the left of the letter, or on both sides in the case of H, and lift the brush up to the tip to create all the other lines. This style of lettering can also be replicated using any flat brush by using the wide side going down and the thin side from left to right. On the bottom, I was able to create false calligraphy with a pen by first writing the name out in cursive and going back and adding line value to the downstrokes (whenever you bring your pen downwards).
Note to self: please draw reference lines for more uniform sizing of words and plan out your cards better before you actually transfer it onto your final copy. Overall, I'm not too dissapointed with the way the card turned out, although it's a far cry from my best I'm still learning and improving.