Calligraphy - How To
Studying and writing Calligraphy
How to write calligraphy requires you to know about the nuances of the art, which includes learning about the different forms of calligraphy, their individual styles and fonts. Apart from the distinct styles of writing calligraphy, learning about calligraphy also requires you to know how to use the various calligraphy tools and how to take care of them. Calligraphy, meaning "beautiful writing" is undoubtedly an interesting hobby, which allows you to explore your creativity to the fullest. So, if you want to learn calligraphy, you need to begin by learning how to write your preferred style of calligraphy and the particular tools it requires.
To pick a particular style of calligraphy, you need to conduct brief research about the different forms available to you. These include, Chinese calligraphy, Japanese calligraphy, Western Calligraphy and Arabic calligraphy, to name a few. Read about the different styles within each form of calligraphy and the amount of skill or practice you require for each. Make an informed decision depending on the level of commitment you are willing to make, as well as your personal preference.
Once you have picked a form of calligraphy, you move onto the tools, which are paper, pen and ink. Usually soft water-absorbent papers are used, though to give your art an exquisite touch, you can even use a glossy paper. But you need to be an expert to use glossy paper, and for novices beginning with simple lined paper and a pencil is a good start. The modes of writing vary along with the different styles of calligraphy. Arabic calligraphy is preferably created using a pencil cut at an angle of 45 degrees. Moreover, while practicing Arabic calligraphy, you can go beyond using paper, to wood, stone and even textiles.
Western calligraphers use calligraphy pens dipped in ink. You can choose from a range of calligraphy pens, which includes felt tip pens, cartridge pens and marker pens. Marker pen is the preferred choice, as it is less expensive than the rest of the pens and also its usage is simpler. If you are willing to practice Chinese or Japanese calligraphy, instead of calligraphy pens, you can even use brushes. The brushes are to be chosen according to the thickness and the slant of the letters. Moving onto bottled ink, it is available in a variety of colors from any stationary or hobby shop. If you are trying to give your Chinese or Japanese calligraphy an authentic touch, go in for a Chinese inkstick and grind it along the side of an inkstone, in order to produce ink. Add considerable water in the inkstone while checking the consistency of ink produced.
The different styles of calligraphy have a wide collections of fonts. You need to get accustomed to the strokes pertaining to each alphabet, which differentiate one font from another. To begin with, try practicing the free fonts available online. There are several free online tutorials, which will help you to learn more about the different strokes.
Apart from all this, it is very important to keep the calligraphy tools in proper shape. Always clean the pen nibs and brushes after usage. Children and pets might damage the ink bottles, so keep the bottles away from their reach.
To further your study of calligraphy, you can search online for hobby clubs, practicing calligraphy and share ideas regarding the fonts and tools of calligraphy. You can even refer to some simple books such as "Learning Calligraphy" by Margaret Shepherd, to get your first lessons on calligraphy and how to best apply it.