Time to learn a creative skill called calligraphy. Calligraphy for beginners is not hard, but it does take a lot of practice.
Calligraphy is the art or practice of writing in styles, decorative letters, and words creatively. It is a writing skill that involves decorating letters and words in a lovely and creative style.
Calligraphy is an ancient day’s art, though; it is still popular and exists up till this modern period. It is centered on letter symbols and signs which celebrate in many ways the written word, how it is arranged (syntax), and the flow and rhythm between them.
Hi folks, I welcome you to this guide on learning calligraphy for beginners. and I will be your instructor throughout this course. At the end of this informative article, you should have a basic insight and understanding of the world of calligraphy.
The knowledge of calligraphy will mostly expose you to the useful method of taking notes, expressing yourself, or creating gift cards in creative and innovative manners.
Basic Steps in Learning Calligraphy
Step 1: Materials Supplies
To begin with learning calligraphy, you’ve got to put some materials in place. In every artistic skill or handy-work comes the use of some materials supplies, just like a farmer will need his hoe and cutlass and just like a teacher will need pens. A calligrapher will also need some tools or materials to carry. This materials supply includes the following;
A Journal (i.e., a piece of paper)
Fine Liners Ruler
After installing the necessary materials needed to carry out calligraphy, the next step is upstrokes and down strokes. The emphasis put on it (upstrokes and downstrokes) is what defined calligraphy.
In contrast to that aspect, building blocks and mastering them is the ultimate key to understanding calligraphy. You might want to ask that what are upstrokes and downstrokes. Upstrokes are drawing or painting strokes that are always thin, while downstrokes create a thick painting or drawing.
Check the diagram below/above for more understanding of what upstrokes and downstrokes are.
Here are the techniques; start by drawing lines on your paper to indicate either the upstrokes or the downstrokes as indicated in the diagram above/below.
If it is upstrokes, remember it has to be a thin stroke and if it down-strokes, it is always thick strokes. Now, let’s practice this step. Remember that “practice makes perfect.” So why not bring out your tools and practice this in a jiffy!
Step 3: Create the Letters
Calligraphy writing consists of upstrokes and down-strokes, which are apparent in every letter (A-Z). Since you’ve known what tools to use and the basic knowledge of the upstrokes and downstrokes, the next step is for you to practice more.
Firstly, try to write out the letters regularly in cursive writing and pay full attention to the movement of your hands by identifying when it goes up and when it moves down while writing the alphabets.
Applying this technique afterward should not be a problem, then practice and practice more. Way to go! Keep it up!
Step 4: Combine the Letters into Words
I trust you now know how to write from letter A to Z by using calligraphy, right? Now, it is time you combine those letters to form words.
This step determines the beauty of calligraphy, and it can be not easy, so you’ve got to be resolved. Start by drawing thin lines which can be used to connect the top or bottom of two different letters. Just make sure these lines are consistently thin and accurate.
Step 5: How Pens Affect Your Calligraphy
The pen is an essential material to consider when writing in calligraphy because it can make or mar your calligraphy neatness. The tip of pens comes in length, width, and flexibility; you should always note that.
It is like you wanted to draw a thin line; what is expected of you is to use a thin tip pen. It goes all wrong when you are trying to create a thin line with a thick tip. With a thin tip, you write in smaller letters with little effort or stress.
Using a brush pen with a medium-sized tip will encourage you to do better for a starter due to its less flexibility.
Step 6: Styles of Calligraphy
In calligraphy, there are numerous styles of writing letters. Styles here can be likened to handwriting or font styles in your computer Microsoft word or the font styles in your handset. This article will introduce two calligraphy styles to you; these are; the print styles and the swirly styles.
The print styles: certainly, these are the most common in calligraphy art. The print styles resemble the capitalized handwriting in contrast to cursive writing. Its narrow and long appearance makes it very different from regular capital alphabets.
In print styles, letters are thin, yet more pressures are drawn to create more depth using downstrokes. Print styles are recommended for writing your headings for class notes, gifts. Or cards of invitation, because it is more formal and sophisticated.
The Swirly Styles
if you are looking for a more playful and jovial style, I will suggest you go for swirly. Combining the regular styles of calligraphy (upstrokes and downstrokes) with swirly styles makes your work great, playful, and more jovial.
If you are preparing birthday cards for your loved ones, I recommend using this style of calligraphy. It is informal and sophisticated to use.
Step 7: Calligraphy Decoration
Adding some more creativity to your calligraphy creation will make it more unique, thus personalizing it to be more recognizable by an acquaintance. There are many ways to decorate your calligraphy creation, for instance, stars, flowers, lines, etc.
As you have learned in this article, Calligraphy is an ancient art modernized to this present age. It involves the creative way and manner of writing a piece in a pleasurable, fun, playful, and jovial approach.
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