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What is Crayligraphy?

What is Crayligraphy?

Crayligraphy is using Crayola markers for calligraphy.

Growing up, Crayola was the brand as a child obsessed with art supplies, and here they are, making a comeback. There’s something about using these markers that brings out my inner child and makes me all nostalgic. I can see why it’s all the crayze! (sorry, not sorry)

In my experience, I found using Crayola markers for calligraphy, easier to learn than a brush pen. The tip isn’t soft and flexible which meant I had better control and felt it easier to write.

That said, I’ve come a long way.

It really is all about practice. On the left was one of the first times I tried Crayligraphy, one month into my calligraphy journey. On the right, was after just three months practice.

It really is all about practice. On the left was one of the first times I tried Crayligraphy, one month into my calligraphy journey. On the right, was after just three months practice.

You’ll notice when I first started, instead of using the brushes natural strokes, I was writing each letter mono-weight and later increasing the downward strokes—fauxligraphy!

The same basic principles apply as with any type of calligraphy. The tricky part is finding your groove with the thin upward and thick downward strokes without too many pauses and doing so in the one movement, keeping your rhythm. 

Doing Crayligraphy is one of my favorite ways to warm up. The primary colors allow me to get on with writing without fuss—instead of spending twenty minutes deciding which color I’m going to mix and use—and allows me to focus on letterform, with no distractions.

Crayola markers are also super cheap—at roughly $4 per pack—which means using them regularly for warm ups and practice isn’t going to break the bank.

The markers are easily accessible—you can stumble across them almost anywhere—Walmart, Target, CVS store or of course, Amazon.
Tip: I’ve seen the Crayola Washable markers for as little as $2 for 10 markers! Head to your local 99c store where you’ll most likely find the cheapest price.

For inspiration follow @TierneyStudio or check out #crayligraphy on Instagram. Join in the fun with Colin’s weekly challenge, a great way to practice!

Stay tuned, some tutorials and tips on Crayligraphy are coming to our blog soon! In the meantime, if you are finding using Crayola markers tricky, let me know what you’d like help with by commenting below, I’d love to hear where your problem areas are.

Interview with Laura Di Piazza

Interview with Laura Di Piazza

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