Pick your Style of Calligraphy Writing!
Calligraphy writing is an exquisite art practiced since ages. Calligraphy writing came into existence sometime around 200 BC in China and other forms such as Western, Arabic, Japanese and Indian calligraphy soon followed. Since then, calligraphy has gained prominence as a beautiful and well practiced form of art. Today, enthusiasts of different age groups from across the world practice the art of calligraphy writing.
First and foremost, to begin with calligraphy writing, you need to pick the style of calligraphy you wish to pursue. This is because a lot depends on the calligraphy style, including the style of letters and the tools involved. Some common forms are Chinese calligraphy, Arabic calligraphy, Japanese calligraphy and Western calligraphy. Read about the different requirements for each style and make a decision depending on your adaptability and comfort level.
After deciding you calligraphy style, you need to know the tools you need to pick. The basic calligraphy tools include paper, pen, and ink. You will need a soft paper, which absorbs the ink easily though if you are practicing Arabic calligraphy, you can even go in for glossy papers. There are various types of calligraphy pens you can choose from. However, marker pens are cheaper and easier to use. Brushes are a common choice for Chinese or Japanese calligraphy. Apart from this, bottled ink is easily available in any local stationary or hobby stores. If you are practicing Chinese or Japanese calligraphy, you can also go in for inksticks, in order to produce ink by grinding the inkstick against inkstones. To begin with, you can use lined paper, which will help you in maintaining a consistent height of the alphabets, and a pencil to write with, so as to easily erase any mistakes you might make.
In calligraphy writing, much emphasis is laid on learning the various calligraphy fonts. Get hold of books or download free fonts, concerning the particular calligraphy style you have picked for yourself, and start practicing the different fonts and the strokes involved in writing each alphabet. The fonts vary from formal to casual to very sophisticated and decorative types. You have to choose the font according to the mood of the onlooker you want to set.
Apart from all this, you will also take some measures to maintain the calligraphy tools. After using, place the brush or the nib of the pen in clean water and change the water continuously until it is clear again. Also, keep children and pets away from the tools, especially the ink bottles.
Calligraphy writing can be mastered easily, although some quality time needs to be spent in familiarizing yourself with the fonts. Search the internet for tutorials or join a local hobby club, in order to get help while practicing calligraphy and also to keep up to date with the latest news on calligraphy writing.