Manuscript Calli Creative Flexi Markers
Featured In / October 2020 ScrawlrBox
We realise you may have never seen or used products like this before so we have put together a few hints, tips and techniques to test out and get the best from these supplies.
Flexi Markers. These italic markers are the ideal instrument for modern hand lettering, creative calligraphy and much more. These pens feature a versatile, flexible tip that offers a brush like stroke as well as an italic, chisel-cut nib, perfect for creating a unique and fluid look to your calligraphy, graffiti style lettering and artwork.
They combine traditional calligraphy with the accessibility and usability of a modern marker, a perfect combination for all your calligraphy and artistic needs. All of these pens contain a non-toxic water-based ink that brings vibrant and opaque colour to your artistic creations.
Things To Try...
~ Get familiar with the use of the basics. In calligraphy, letters are all made up of these basic strokes:
~ Remember that cursive is not the same as calligraphy. Cursive is written in a continuous movement, without lifting your pen off the paper whereas calligraphy is broken down into small, sectioned strokes, so remember to lift your pen.
~ Go slow and practice consistency in pen pressure, speed and movement.
~ Hold your pen at roughly a 45-degree angle to the paper. This will help you with the ‘thin’ and ‘thick’ strokes as well as provide a smoother transition between them.
~ Loosen your grip on your pen. If you hold your pen too tight you won’t be able to move your pen freely.
~ Don’t hold your pen too close to the tip. Leave some room so you can achieve fluid movements.
~ Use light pressure for upstrokes and heavier pressure for down-strokes: light pressure will help produce the hair-like strokes and heavy pressure will help with thicker lines.
~ Try producing a full calligraphy alphabet for all of your lettering. You can then use this as a reference for your artwork.
Notes From The Artist
Don’t worry too much about forming the perfect letter. Of course, practicing these letter forms will make working easier and more natural. But when creating your artwork use the shapes and movement of the letters to create your image. Remember it doesn’t have to be legible to be beautiful.
Your lettering doesn’t have to be classic calligraphy or precise brush lettering either. Your normal handwriting can bring a personal touch to your work that no one else can recreate. Try finding the styles and imperfections that make up your handwriting and exaggerate them to form new shapes.
Warm up: Try filling a page quickly with large and overlapping letters. Don’t think about it, pick a word and write it over and over again in as many ways as possible, until the word isn’t a word anymore just a collection of lines. Now take some of these shapes into your artwork.