Calligraphy is a visual art related to writing that has been around for thousands of years. The beautiful lettering can be achieved by using a pen, inks, and paper. The styles of calligraphy have evolved over time, and are now used for invitations, hand-written letters, and could be used on just about any paper craft. To learn calligraphy takes a lot of practice and a steady hand.
The styles of calligraphy can either be artistic or structural, depending on whether you need the lettering to be decorative or more functional. A wedding invitation may have a more decorative and artistic style, whereas a letter will be more functional and structural so that it can be easily read. There are many styles to choose from, some easier than others, and they all require LOTS of practice.
To create your own calligraphy, you will need a fountain pen or nib pen. A regular pen can be used to create what’s referred to as “faux calligraphy”. Faux calligraphy is great for beginners who do not know how to use a nib pen and would like an easy way to begin learning calligraphy. When practicing calligraphy, you can use any type of ink. If you’re creating a document, you should use a pigment-based ink for better results. There are many different colors and consistencies of inks for you to get creative with.
Paper plays an important role in calligraphy, and the type you use can impact how your work turns out. It’s best to use a thicker paper that has no texture, making it easier for your pen to glide across the surface. You can use printer paper, but be warned, not all printer paper is created equal. Thinner sheets will allow the ink to bleed, so it’s best to use a heavier printer paper like Hammermill®Premium Color Copy Cover 60lb. The type of paper you choose is important, it will either make calligraphy harder or easier for you.
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