26 Words in Basic Strokes – word 26 – zillion

We made it to the last day of 26 Words in Basic Strokes! Thanks for practicing along with me. Today’s word is “zillion”. Grab your pen/pencil and paper and practice this last word with me.

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26 Words in Basic Strokes – Word 26 – zillion

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 or 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 the last word, zillion.

We’ll start with an overturn stroke.

Next we have a modified descending stroke. This is our descender for our ‘z’.

Next we have our upstroke.

Then we move on to an underturn stroke.

An l-stroke.

Another l-stroke.

An underturn stroke – the exit stroke on this doesn’t quite reach the x-height.

An oval.

A connector dot that flows into and overturn stroke.

A compound curve.

Now let’s put them together.

Overturn stroke.

Modified descending stroke.


Underturn stroke.


Another l-stroke.

Underturn stroke.


Connector dot overturn stroke combination.

And compound curve.

And remember to dot the two ‘i’s’.

And that’s the word “zillion”.

26 words in basic strokes word 26 zillion

I would love to see your practice. Tag me on Instagram using #26wordsinbasicstrokes. Thank you so much for joining me through this series 26 Words in Basic Strokes. I had so much fun. I’ll be back soon with another series, but for now keep practicing.


  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
  21. Word 20 – tidings
  22. Word 21 – ultimate
  23. Word 22 – vintage
  24. Word 23 – wonderful
  25. Word 24 – xhosa
  26. Word 25 – yummy

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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