Episode Takeaways:

  • The pointed nib has flexible tines, so whenever you apply pressure, the tines will spread apart and more ink will flow from the nib. This is done on downstrokes, these are strokes that go down, towards you. The weight of these downstrokes is controlled by how much pressure you apply.

  • Upstrokes are thin, no pressure is applied. You don’t do this because your nib would catch the paper fibre and snag when you push then into the paper. This happens very quickly with very pointy and sharp nibs.

  • Both down-and upstrokes should be consistent, so be sure to practice a lot. Practice of basic strokes is great for warming up, I have a practice sheet for basic strokes here.
    You can start practicing downstrokes for half a page, and then upstrokes, then combine the two. Try to keep the strokes parallel to each other and keep the height and baseline consistent.


Like what you’ve read? Want more? If you subscribe to my newsletter, you’ll get access to the FREE online course “Calligraphy Basics” plus FOUR free practice sheets with different calligraphy styles.

The free online course includes everything for getting started with calligraphy:

* Basic tools & practice techniques
* Action steps to perfect your calligraphy skills
* Tips on how to find the right mindset for successful practice
* free worksheets and exercises

It’s the perfect course for newbies and everyone interested in calligraphy! Plus, it’s absolutely free! Simply sign up below to enroll:












If you have any questions or comments on this topic, please feel free to contribute! Just leave a comment below.