Calligraphy is an ancient art that is still popular today. Centered around letter symbols and forms, calligraphy honors the written word in many different ways, from how the letters are arranged to the rhythm and flow between them. The art is taking the written word to a whole new decorative level. Calligraphy is adding impact to simple words with a creative and beautiful style.
Calligraphy is having a revival, perhaps in reaction to the rapid increase of digital tools and media, or perhaps it’s that social media has provided a display for beautiful creations. But, you have to admit, the art gives you the urge to pick up a pen and make your own beautiful written lettering.
Calligraphy may appear complicated but by learning the basic techniques, you can start to create your beautiful pieces. However, mastering calligraphy is going to take lots of practice. There is no other way around that.
During the first step, it can be discouraging to be starting from the ground up, practicing tiresome drills, and feeling like your skills will never be better as you’d like. But calligraphy is a specialized skill. And just like you wouldn’t pick up a musical instrument and know how it right away, you can’t just pick up a brush pen and be a master of the art. You need tons of practice. Dedicate time for practice and you will get better.
Don’t skip the basics of calligraphy
In calligraphy, you need to begin with the very basics. This part is referred to as ‘strokes’. All of the letters are made up of strokes. This means you need to practice these strokes over and over again until you can see that they are consistent. The more consistent your strokes are, the more consistent your letters will become. Don’t be attempted to jump-creating letters and words until you master the strokes.
Understanding and learning the basics of calligraphy will only help your practice, as it allows you to gain a good foundation in the art. Instructions from online classes and books are a great place to start; once you understand them, you can develop your skills with plenty of practice.
As much as calligraphy is popular these days, the community of artists who are doing it on social media is pretty small. When you search for calligraphy hashtags on social media platforms, you start to get search results from the same artists over and over again. If you find an artist whose style you love, or who you think you’d get along with, go message him or her. Don’t be afraid to tell them what you love about their artworks, ask questions or start a conversation. Learning calligraphy might be tough, and it will be great to have other like-minded people surrounding you.
We’ve seen how the art of calligraphy has been revived nowadays. In comparison to digital text, calligraphy is a distinct art form, and its distinctive character is being valued more and more highly. The art of this exquisite handwriting shouldn’t be forgotten. With your pieces, you can contribute to promoting the art of hand-lettering. Just remember: To be better in calligraphy all you need is inspiration, daily practice, and a strong belief in yourself.