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Calligraphy – the art of beautiful writing

Calligraphy is the design and execution of lettering with a broad tip instrument, brush, or other writing instruments. A contemporary calligraphic practice can be defined as, “the art of giving form to signs in an expressive, harmonious, and skillful manner”.

Modern calligraphy ranges from functional inscriptions and designs to fine-art pieces where the letters may or may not be readable. 

Here are some ideas for the use of calligraphy:

Wedding invitations, event invitations, original hand-lettered logo design, announcements, commissioned calligraphic art, cut stone inscriptions, poems and memorial documents.

The principal tools for a calligrapher are the pen, the brush and good quality paper. Calligraphy pens write with nibs that may be flat, round, or pointed.]For some decorative purposes, multi-nibbed pens—steel brushes—can be used. Felt-tip and ballpoint pens can be used as well but these works do not employ angled lines. There are some styles of calligraphy, like Gothic script, which require a stub nib pen.

Writing ink is usually water-based and is much less viscous than the oil-based inks used in printing. High quality paper, which has good consistency of absorption enables cleaner lines.

Next block of classes starting 10th January 2018 – book here