I’m often asked how I add the ‘bounciness’ to letterforms as I’m drawing them out. I do this a lot with my non traditional calligraphy styles, too and this week I want to share how I taught myself to create the full non traditional calligraphy style using only my favorite pens (no calligraphy utensils!) and a little method I call the Skeleton Method. For more lettering time lapses and examples, take a peek at my Instagram 🙂 Read on to see it all!

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How to Create Non Traditional Calligraphy

Links from the video:
Micron pens
– the word ‘Calligraphy’ was set in Glamour Brush – no longer available online (that I could find) – here are other fonts by the same designer.
– ‘2016’ was set in Euphoria Script (free)

For more on adding bounciness to your lettering, check out my course, Bounce Lettering!


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  • This is an awesome tutorial, Teela! I definitely struggle with bouncier letters, and I think tracing will help me out to develop that muscle memory. Thanks!

  • This is an unbelievably awesome tutorial!!!

    Happy New Year Teela!

  • So helpful; lovely tutorial! Thank you for sharing!

  • 2:06am here (UK) and watching your tutorials, can never get enough of them! Happy new year!

  • Wow really great tutorial! U are awesome

  • These videos are so generous and educational! Thanks so much for creating them, and making them available!

  • Hi Teela,

    This is a wonderful tutorial! Nice job.

    I was wondering if there was a font for the computer for this?


  • ingenious tutorial! Very helpful! It is nice to be provided with more detailed direction besides just the up-stroke-down-stroke business that EVERYBODY covers. Thanks for sharing!



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