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Getting To Grips With Calligraphy

Author : Callum Asterman

So which skill is slowly suffering as a result of this shift? Handwriting, of course! Obviously handwriting this article would be tiresome and a waste of time, and believe me, relying on my failing eyesight to scan my everyday writing would be a total non-starter. But that's not really the type of handwriting I'm referring to anyway. The skill and artistic creativeness of the calligrapher is what I'm referring to here.

Calligraphy has a habit of coming back into fashion every time technology creates a new alternative to putting pen to paper. Sure, we can all see the advantages of whizzing out letters on the computer, making corrections and editing as we go. We might even experiment with fonts to really show how Trebuchet we are. But the point of calligraphy is not to replace electronic techniques – or even handwriting for that matter. Calligraphy is not purely about communicating, rather about doing it beautifully in art.

Computers are fine for some things but nothing beats the freedom and creative scope of pen and paper. Even though a calligraphic computerised font might have an artificially classic look to it, it lacks something only humans can create: imperfection. That imperfection imbalance is also something also found in digital music creation, where tools now exist to make the music creations slightly less-perfect so that it appears more normal, more imperfect.

There's also something incredibly satisfying about receiving a hand-written letter done with beautifully care and attention. Even a few words in fine script make you imagine the writer, pen and ink in hand, giving all their attention to making it look as nices possible for you.

Calligraphy is surprisingly simple to pick up, if not to master. One of the unique aspects of calligraphic hand is that the fountain pens used are specially designed to allow the creation of different marks depend on their orientation. This allows the pen to create different thickness of line along a single stroke. So if the nib is diagonal, bottom left to top right, a letter O will have a thin top left and bottom right, gradually getting thicker towards the top right and bottom left. Consider this effect on the whole alphabet and punctuation, and the page can take on an almost three-dimensional look, as if enhanced by shadows and highlights. Throw in a few twirls and loops and you'll have writing that's full of character and style.

You can make sure your fine handwriting doesn't fade away, and enjoy yourself thoroughly, by giving calligraphy a go. Most art materials stockists will keep a range of pens with nibs of varying dimensions, and for that professional look you can experiment writing on parchments and quality papers to give your work a final authentic appeal. Beautiful writing should not die forever, so give calligraphy a go.

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Callum is an art fan and artist himself covering techniques and products like calligraphy markers and other art materials. Callums work encompasses modern hobbies and traditional art styles for artists of all levels.

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