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How to practice calligraphy daily

I used to think that in order to be really good at calligraphy I have to spend a lot of time to practice calligraphy.

While true, that mindset is hindering me in taking the initial steps to learn new things. Before I even make the first steps I’d be giving up thinking I won’t have the time to master it, so why even bother to practice calligraphy?

Until one day I saw a woman knitting in the subway. First I thought it’s so cool that she was just minding her own business knitting in the busy rush-hour train ride, and then I noticed she got off the train only in a couple of stops. So in total, she probably knitted for 10 minutes. 

Most people might think: how much can you knit in 10 minutes? But hey, that’s the same 10 minutes I spent doing nothing! 

So I started applying that concept in practicing calligraphy in the gaps of my time. If I am writing something on a paper, such as a grocery list, a post-it memo at work, or journaling, I turn it into an opportunity to practice calligraphy. This way, I do a little bit of practice here and there daily.

Pencil Calligraphy grocery list

So I encourage you to find small opportunities throughout your days to show-off your calligraphy. Here are some places you can sprinkle a little pretty-writing fairy dust:

  • Grocery list
  • Write a short note and leave it in your kids’ lunch bag
  • A missed-call post-it note for a colleague
  • To-do list
  • The title of a meeting note

Another way to practice calligraphy daily takes a little more intention. But it has multiple folds of benefit.

I know nowadays people do most things digitally, many times I found myself to be the only person in a meeting who jot down notes on a paper notebook. I get it, keeping meeting notes digitally is probably better for work-related issues. But I have a suspicion that you have a paper notebook or a journal somewhere. And you should turn it into a place for you to practice your pencil calligraphy. Whenever I don’t know what to write when practicing calligraphy I would write out Bible scriptures. It helps me to remember the verse and work on my calligraphy at the same time, how cool is that!

practice calligraphy daily with your bible reading

So I encourage you to pick one of two suggestions in this post and apply that in your daily routine. I am sure you will see progress very soon. If you wanted some free material to help you write calligraphy with a pencil, I invite you to join my 5-day mini-course on Pencil Calligraphy.

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