26 Words in Basic Strokes – word 19 – sensitive

It’s time for 26 Words in Basic Strokes again, word number 19 today – sensitive. 26 Words in Basic Strokes is a video series where I break down one word a day (for 26 days) into its basic calligraphy strokes. I’m keeping it very simple, no flourishes or bouncing, just the basic calligraphy strokes. You can use any brush pen or a soft pencil to follow along (I love practicing with pencil by the way). Grab your tools and practice with me. If you need an overview of the basic strokes, I break them down in the introduction video of this series.

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26 Words in Basic STrokes – Word 19 – sensitive

Hello and welcome back to 26 Words in Basic Strokes.I’m Riëtte and I’m breaking down one word a day for 26 days into the basic calligraphy strokes. We’re keeping it simple, no flourishes and no bouncing. If you need an overview of the basic strokes I break them down in the introduction video of this series. Today we are doing word number 19, sensitive.

We’ll start with an upstroke.

Move on to an s-stroke.

Next we have another upstroke, but this one doesn’t quite reach the x-height.

Now we have a combination of an e-stroke and an overturn stroke. So the e-stroke goes into the overturn stroke.

Next we have a compound curve.

Another s-stroke.

Another upstroke.

An underturn stroke.

A t-stroke.

Next we have a reverse or upside down compound curve where we start with a thick downstroke into a thin upstroke back into a thick downstroke and we’re adding an extra upstroke. So it goes thick down, thin up, thick down, thin up.

A connector dot.

And an e-stroke.

Now let’s connect them.




E-stroke and overturn stroke combination.

Compound curve.



Underturn stroke.


Upside down or reverse compound curve with an extra upstroke.

Connector dot.

And e-stroke.

And remember to cross your “t” and dot the two “i’s”.

And that’s the word “sensitive”.

26 words in basic strokes word 19 sensitive

I would love to see your practice. Tag me on Instagram using #26wordsinbasicstrokes. Thank you so much for watching. I’ll see you tomorrow for word number 20.


  1. Introduction and overview
  2. Word 1 – amazing
  3. Word 2 – beautiful
  4. Word 3 – courageous
  5. Word 4 – daring
  6. Word 5 – encourage
  7. Word 6 – faithful
  8. Word 7 – gracious
  9. Word 8 – happy
  10. Word 9 – inspire
  11. Word 10 – journey
  12. Word 11 – kindness
  13. Word 12 – lovely
  14. Word 13 – miracle
  15. Word 14 – nature
  16. Word 15 – original
  17. Word 16 – promise
  18. Word 17 – quiet
  19. Word 18 – remember

Happy Creating!

Riëtte Cawthorn

Hello, I'm Riëtte, a quiet creative with odd ideas - wife to Alvin, mommy to three awesome kids and blessed child of God. I enjoy illustration, surface pattern design, lettering and calligraphy, paper crafts and crochet. Creating art and showing others how to do the things that I love makes me really happy.

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