In this tutorial, I’m walking you through the 3 biggest mistakes people make when switching from small brush pens to a big brush pen.
So you’re ready to move up from a small pen to a big pen because you’re itching to try some fun, new techniques? Let’s talk about what mistakes to avoid to make the switch that much smoother, literally!
First Things First…
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Mistake #1: You’re writing too small!
With a small pen, you’re probably writing…small. When switching to a bigger pen, many beginners try and keep to the same size, which is IMPOSSIBLE and looks super messy.
Generally, you’ll see calligraphy workbooks (like mine, shameless plug 😂) that are scaled for EITHER small pens or big pens. That’s because you really should be writing in different sizes depending on which pen you’re using. It’ll make a HUGE difference.
Mistake #2: Changing the pen angle
Your pen should always be at roughly a 45-degree angle – hand perpendicular to the page.
When you switch to a big pen, I see students shifting their angle to a more vertical position. When you do this, it’s really tough to get the right thickness of downstroke.
So make sure you keep your hand positioned properly at a 45-degree, perpendicular angle.
Mistake #3: Making your upstrokes too thin
This is hands down the biggest mistake I see!
With a small pen, you can make suuuuuper fine hairlines (upper left, below), and that’s what you get used to doing. However, when you switch to a bigger pen, your upstrokes will naturally always get a bit thicker as well. If you try to keep them too thin, they will come out looking too choppy (upper right, below).