How I Made a Calligraphy Binder + You Can Too!

by - July 13, 2019

A new hobby I have been loving recently is calligraphy and hand lettering! It is super fun and easy to get started too!

How I Made a Calligraphy Binder + You Can Too!

Starting Calligraphy + Hand Lettering

Starting to learn calligraphy is super simple. I have been doing calligraphy since around May and my handwriting is improving a lot. Most of the calligraphy worksheets used in this post were hand-lettered recently! I couldn't bring myself to use some of my beginning ones. :)

All you need to start learning calligraphy is a few worksheets, which you can get for free, and a pencil. Did you know that you can do calligraphy with a Crayola marker?

You can!

My favorite pen for lettering so far are the Tombow brush pens. I love how smooth they feel on the paper and the nice black color of the ink.

Whenever I do calligraphy, I put a piece of thick cardstock underneath the sheet I am working on, just so the ink doesn't bleed through onto whatever is underneath.

For calligraphy except for some occasional fonts, you make the stroke thick on the downstroke. If you are left-handed, you can also turn the page at an angle to help get the pen at the right angle.

My favorite resource for hand lettering is DawnNicoleDesigns. She posts new free worksheets regularly and if you sign up for her email list, you get a new worksheet every Monday. I think it's a  great reminder to keep yourself practicing at least weekly. :)

All of the worksheets shown in the images for this post are from her website and you can get them all for free. I like how she uses different fonts for her worksheets, so you can learn lots of different types of fonts.

I have been trying to practice my calligraphy almost every day, and I am seeing a great improvement in my lettering, but that isn't what this post is about, so let's get onto how I set up my calligraphy binder.

How I Set up my Calligraphy Binder

Before I had my binder, I just had a stack of all of the calligraphy worksheets I had printed out. Every time I wanted to do a new worksheet I had to flip through all of my pages to find one that wasn't already done. (I have to keep all of my worksheets so that I can track my improvement. :) )

So I decided that I needed some way to organize all of calligraphy and hand lettering printables I had. I bought a 2" inch binder because I wanted a big one for all of the calligraphy worksheets I was going to print out.

In the first pocket in my binder, I have a piece of thick cardstock for putting under the worksheet I am doing, so that the ink doesn't bleed through to whatever is underneath.

I divided my binder up into three sections as you can (hopefully) see in the picture below, but I may add more if I think of any other sections that would help organize my worksheets.

  • Practice...
  • Finished
  • Portfolio

How I Made a Calligraphy Binder + You Can Too!

Practice...

I added the dots after practice because I think that it looks cute. In this section are all of my worksheets that are partially done or ones that I haven't done at all, but I printed out because I want to do them.

Finished

I think that this section is pretty self-explanatory. All of my finished worksheets are in this section.

How I Made a Calligraphy Binder + You Can Too!

Portfolio

I named this section portfolio because I really like how it sounds not because I am planning to sell my work. :)

In this section, I put all of my favorite pieces and my best pieces of work. I don't put practice sheets in here though I may in the future if I do a really good one. I stick all of the pieces in this section into sleeves so I don't have to hole punch them. (Just in case I want to use them for something.)

Every so often, I pull out a piece of cardstock, find something that inspires me, and then I create a new page which can have a quote on it, some doodles maybe. The above piece is my favorite so far!

I created this one just last week even though it isn't spring, and I love how simple it looks.

How I Made a Calligraphy Binder + You Can Too!

Doing Calligraphy + Hand Lettering on the Go

I picked a big 2" binder because when I am on the go, and I have some time on my hands, I plan to pull out my calligraphy binder, turn it sideways like a lap desk, and do some calligraphy wherever I am!

I haven't had the chance to do it yet, but I think that it is a nice option of having my calligraphy worksheets in a binder.

Right now I don't keep my pens in my binder, but if you are putting your pens into your calligraphy binder, you could buy a pen holder that clips into the front of your binder.

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Now I want to hear from you. Are you going to make a calligraphy binder? Do you like to do calligraphy and hand lettering?
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