26 Words in Basic Strokes – Word 8 – happy

Welcome back to 26 Words in Basic Strokes! A video series where I’m breaking down one word a day into its basic calligraphy strokes. Today we are breaking down the word “happy”.

I would love it if you would follow along. If you need an overview of the tools I’m using or aren’t sure what the basic strokes are, I break them down in the Introduction video of this series.

Click on the video below to watch how I break down the word “happy”. Prefer reading? Scroll down for transcript and still images. Most importantly – have fun!

26 WORDS IN BASIC STROKES – WORD 8 – HAPPY

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, no bouncing. If you need an overview of the basic strokes I break them down in the introduction video of this series. Today’s word is “happy”.

You start with an upstroke.

Move on to an ascending stroke.

A compound curve – the exit stroke does not quite reach the x-height.

An oval.

An underturn stroke.

A descending stroke.

A reverse oval.

An upstroke.

A descending stroke.

Another reverse oval.

A compound curve that starts with a slight curve.

A descending stroke.

And an upstroke.

Now let’s put them all together.

An upstroke.

An ascending stroke.

A compound curve.

An oval.

A underturn stroke.

A descending stroke.

A reverse oval.

An upstroke.

A descending stroke.

Reverse oval.

Compound curve.

Descending stroke.

Upstroke.

And that’s the word “happy”.

26 Words in Basic Strokes - Word 8 - happy

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 another word.

PREVIOUS VIDEOS IN THIS SERIEs

  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

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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