How to Write the Alphabet in Calligraphy

Updated February 21, 2017

Learning how to write the alphabet in calligraphy will enhance your handwriting and allow you to make beautiful handwritten notes and cards. Calligraphy can be difficult to learn at first, and some people get discouraged when their initial attempts do not look like the letters they are copying. With patience and practice, however, calligraphy is a rewarding and enjoyable artistic skill.

Use lined paper designed for calligraphy -- it's available at most craft stores. For each row of letters, calligraphy paper has four lines. Four lines create three spaces for each calligraphy letter, a top, a middle, and a bottom. Use the link in the Resources section to print calligraphy paper for free.

Write with either calligraphy markers or calligraphy pens. Calligraphy pens have removable nibs, and calligraphy kits come with nibs of various sizes. The nibs of these pens are dipped in liquid ink. If you are new to calligraphy, it is easier to use calligraphy markers. Calligraphy markers have a special tip, also called a nib. The nib is flat. You can find calligraphy markers with nibs of varying widths.

Hold the flat edge of the nib on your paper at a 45-degree angle. Upper case letters are spaced evenly among the three sections on lined calligraphy paper. Lower case letters are centred in the middle section. "Heads" such as the tall lines on "b" and "d" belong in the top section. "Tails" such as the lower lines on "g" and "j" are written in the bottom section.

Look at a chart of letters as an example, if you have one available to you. Copying a style can help you size the letters correctly.

Be patient with yourself, as calligraphy is challenging at first. Practice a lot, and you will get better.


Start with calligraphy markers, and if you enjoy it, then graduate to calligraphy pens.


Using calligraphy pens and bottles of ink can be very messy, and the ink stains, so be careful when learning to write the alphabet with calligraphy.

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Samantha Hanly is an organic vegetable gardener, greenhouse gardener and home canner. She grows a substantial portion of her family's food every year. After receiving her bachelor's degree, Hanly embarked on a career teaching dramatic arts, arts and crafts, and languages. She became a professional writer in 2000, writing curricula for use in classrooms and libraries.