26 Words in Basic Strokes – word 20 – tidings

Time for 26 Words in Basic Strokes again. Word number 20 today, tidings. In case you stumbled upon this post and have no idea what I’m talking about, 26 Words in Basic Strokes is a series of videos where I break down one word a day for 26 days into the basic calligraphy strokes. I’m keeping it simple meaning no flourishing or bouncing. You can follow along with any brush pen you have lying around and if you’re a complete beginner I would suggest using a soft pencil. Practice with me and most of all, have fun!

Click on the video below to watch or if you prefer reading and still images, keep scrolling.

26 Words in Basic Strokes – word 29 – tidings

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 bouncing. If you need an overview of the basic strokes I break them down in the introduction video of this series. Today is word number 20, tidings.

We’ll start with an upstroke.

Next we have a t-stroke.

Next is an underturn stroke. The exit stroke doesn’t quite reach the x-height.

An oval.

Another t-stroke.

A reverse or upside down compound curve where you start with a thick downstroke.

A compound curve starting with a thin downstroke. Your exit stroke on your compound curve doesn’t reach the x-height.

An oval.

A descending stroke.

An upstroke.

Now let’s connect them.



Underturn stroke.



Upside down or reverse compound curve.

Compound curve.


Descending stroke.



Remember to cross your to – the first one – and dot your two “i’s”.

And that’s the word “tidings”.

26 words in basic strokes word 20 tidings

I would love to see your practice. Tag me on Instagram using #26wordsinbasicstrokes. Thank you so much for watching. I’ll see you tomorrow with word number 21.


  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
  20. Word 19 – sensitive

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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