Calligraphy Writing: Learn the Art of Calligraphy @ Reward Me

The art of calligraphy

Nothing tops a letter or card written using beautiful lettering. Learn the art of fine writing and turn handwriting into an art form – it’s a wonderful pastime, and you’ll write your way into the hearts of your family and friends.


What is calligraphy?
The word calligraphy comes from the Greek kalligraphía, which means beautiful writing. It is an art form that has been perfected through the ages, and is still in use today. There are several unique letter types that can be used, including angular ones, but traditionally the art is mastered by learning to do cursive writing.

Basic tools and materials

You need only a few tools and materials to get started. Buy the best products you can afford, if you use and clean them with care, they will last for years.

Fountain pens These pens can be refilled. There are two types: ones where you refill the pen itself, or ones where an ink cartridge is inserted into the pen. You can buy a set containing different-sized nibs. The Manuscript pen sets are a good choice and come with a variety of interchangeable nibs.

Dip pens These pens cannot be refilled. Instead, the nib is dipped in ink and it retains a small amount, which is then used to form the letters. You need to dip the nib in the ink regularly while you work. The ink doesn’t flow as evenly as in a fountain pen, so it’s advisable to use a fountain pen if you’re just starting out.

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Envelopes and letters

As you progress and master the art of calligraphy, your regular handwriting should also improve, even if you’re using a ballpoint pen!

Place cards

Here are a few examples of place cards you can make as part of the table setting for your next dinner party. You can make cards using scrapbooking paper with designs that go with your colour scheme.

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More decorative letter types

As you develop your calligraphy skills, you can attempt more decorative or cursive letter types, as they really add to the appeal of a handwritten piece. Take your time to master the technique so your lettering is neat and precise.

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Gift cards

Surprise your family and friends with elegant personalized gift cards.

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More ideas for beautiful writing
• Menus • Recipes • Family tree • Wedding vows • Certificates

Tips

  • Practice regularly and you will soon master the art of fine lettering.
  • Pay attention to the proportions of each letter.
  • Press down hard when you make downward strokes, and use a much lighter touch for upward strokes.
  • Take your cues from the natural curves of the letters and stick to the basic letter shapes.
  • Flourishes do take up more space, so leave enough room and don’t hesitate to let your letters flow to the margins. Flourishes look really beautiful at the beginning and end of lines, and at the beginning and end of your work.

Note: In calligraphy, lowercase cursive letters are divided into six groups:

anti-clockwise              a, d, f, g, q, y
clockwise                     b, h, k, m, n, p, r
single-stroke               i, j, l
oval- shaped               c, e, t, o
diagonal                      u, v, w, x, y, z
the letter s

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