In this tutorial, I’m walking you through the basics (and not-so-basics!) of how to connect your letters in MODERN calligraphy.
We’re talking here about MODERN calligraphy – not italic, copperplate or Roman. I’m talking about how to connect letter so they VISUALLY look appealing to you, and that might mean breaking some of the traditional calligraphy rules. And if you’ve never done calligraphy, be sure to check out this video on the Basic Strokes, FIRST.
First Things First…
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Step 1: How to connect an “a” and and “h”
Step 2: Connect the letters
Using the upstroke in your “a” as a transition into the “h” (omitting the upstroke that normally happens in an “h.”
Step 3: Now, swap the letters!
Some letter combos will be super straightforward like above, but others are a bit tricker.
Because you’re now connecting a letter to an oval (the h to the a, which has an oval in it), you have to shorten the transitioning upstroke.
You’re always thinking about the letter that’s coming next1
Step 4: Getting tricker…an “o” to an “m”
As you can see, the “o” doesn’t have the usual upstroke.
Step 5: Tricker combos…
The double n’s:
A “p” to an “n”
Step 6: Making your own style
Step 7: And the wild cards!
Those w’s and v’s 🤔…
And finally, the doozy of them all, drum roll…the “w” to the “r” !!!
The first solution above is not my favourite, but the other two are great options! In the second one, “write,” keeping the “w” and “r” next to each other as if they were connected but not actually connecting them works, as does changing the “r” style a little bit.
And that’s a wrap!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! By the way, I have a full workbook and video course that walks you through all of this stuff in more depth. I also include a bonus chart that shows you how to connect EVERY letter in the alphabet! Check out right here.