Calligraphy art is an interesting application of calligraphy, which means "beautiful writing" in Greek. However, it is worth mentioning that calligraphy art is not only used in written form but in pictorial form as well. You can either collect existing calligraphy art or create calligraphy art on your own, either way it is fun and rewarding.
Forms of Calligraphy Art
There are many forms of calligraphy art such as invitations, greeting cards, business cards, certificates and posters, to name a few. Calligraphy art has been prevalent since ancient times, when ancient Chinese and Arabic people used to make artifacts applying calligraphy. In particular, Arabic calligraphers practiced their art not only on paper, but on other materials such as carpets, wood, glass, metal and stone. Their calligraphy art stands as exquisite creations in the ancient mosques and tombs, where the stone carvings contained calligraphy. Since, Arabic calligraphy was mostly intended to spread the word of Islam around the world, many of the Islamic drawings have been further beautified by calligraphy. The Arabic calligraphers also had an interest in creating figures of birds, animals and various other objects from the various styles of writing.
Meanwhile, Western calligraphy art has flourished mainly in the form of wedding calligraphy. Wedding calligraphy includes creating wedding cards, reception cards and invitation cards for parties. Wedding calligraphy is a booming industry and even if you are only concerned with taking up calligraphy art as a hobby, you can try your hand at this popular form. In fact, some popular wedding calligraphy, used by celebrities, are popular collector's items. On the other hand, Chinese and Japanese calligraphy has adorned various artifacts for centuries, such as Chinese flower vases and Japanese fans, to mention a few. Today, Chinese and Japanese calligraphy are famous for tattoos even in the western countries.
Though, calligraphy is an art by itself but creating calligraphy art, in particular takes a little more practice. To create calligraphy art, start by collecting the tools, namely pen or pencil, paper and ink. You need to have a good hold over the calligraphy alphabets and the ability to create some unique styles of your own as well. Paper is an ideal medium to start with and later with ample practice, you can move to more popular materials. But remember, to create calligraphy art on other materials such as stone and wood, you will need special tools to carve with and if you are planning to make it on glass, you need special glass paints. So practice will be required with these tools as well, though this cannot be done till you have not mastered calligraphy on paper.
Thus, to create calligraphy art there are no boundaries to expressing your creativity. But sometimes, practicing this art might get a bit expensive and tedious. You can begin practicing calligraphy art in the form of greeting cards and gift them to your friends and family members and note down their opinions. Incorporate their opinions into your work and also add a few of your own as this will go a long way in making you a fine calligraphy artist. Search for online projects related to calligraphy art and try creating them or try recreating the pieces of art made by other calligraphy artists. Take help from free tutorials, free fonts and free e-books to give your calligraphy art a good start.