Wedding Calligraphy is beautiful!
Wedding Calligraphy is a beautiful application of calligraphy, in wedding items such as wedding invitations, response cards, return envelopes and wedding reception cards. Wedding calligraphy also includes hand drawn designs, usually done after printing the wedding invitations. Today, people are increasingly taking assistance of wedding calligraphy to give their weddings an artistic and personal touch.
Wedding calligraphy is a fun and very interesting hobby. It gives you ample scope of expressing your artistic talent. Moreover, once you become familiar with the art, you can also utilize your skills to start your own business of wedding calligraphy, which happens to be quite a profitable business.
Whatever your motive for taking up wedding calligraphy as a hobby, you will need some basic tools tp begin with, including paper, pen, brush and ink. The most commonly used type of paper is cotton fiber paper because of its soft texture and also the ink tends to bind well with this paper. Another benefit of this paper is that this does not decompose easily and the wedding invitations tend to look good even after many years. You will need a set of calligraphy pens with replaceable nibs, which are suited for fine details, as well as dip pens for thicker details. A brush is mainly used for outlining purposes. You can use rich black ink for formal invitations, though colored ink is equally popular. Along with the tools, you will need a good, light table, which is to be properly angled for easy writing.
You can choose from a lot of writing styles to begin with. The seven most basic writing styles, commonly used in wedding calligraphy are as follows:
This simple style looks good on paper. The Italic letters slant upwards towards the right and are oval shaped. This style is ideal for semi formal weddings, and you will need a broad - tipped pen to get the crisp lines this style needs.
This style of writing requires a pointed pen, which is hand - dipped in ink. Due to the immense skill required to form the alphabets in this style, it tends to be more expensive than other styles. There are several variations within this style as well.
This is a very formal style of writing and you will need to use a pen with a broad tip. Ideal for theme and period weddings, the style is also known as Old English, or Blackhand.
Uncial: This style employs rounded and stylized alphabets, which are mostly in caps. Uncial is one of the oldest styles of handwriting, and was used in Latin and Greek manuscripts belonging to the 4th to 8th centuries AD.
This style of writing has a classic touch to it and contains clear, rounded alphabets. It is ideal for casual parties such as showers.
A variation of Copperplate, Spencerian is an ornate form of writing, which requires a pointed pen. This ornamented style of writing is used for matching some unusual printed scripts.
This is based on the Spencerian style, but with a more classic or formal touch. You can use this style for sophisticated parties or occasions.
Consistency in stroke, shape, spacing and rhythm leads to perfection of wedding calligraphy. So, it is highly necessary for you to take proper care of the tools used in performing the art of calligraphy. The nibs of the calligraphy pens need to be cleaned regularly otherwise they might leave undesirable spots on your paper.
Begin by practicing the work of professional wedding calligraphers, which can be acquired from the internet. You can even seek assistance from any local hobby clubs or professionals practicing wedding calligraphy, in your neighborhood.