Calligraphy adds creative flair to handwritten projects and, even more than being beautiful – which it definitely is, calligraphy is an analog skill that offers much needed respite in our digital world.When Bianca Mascorro taught her calligraphy classes at CreativeLive, she shared some essential tips and techniques all beginner calligraphers can use to improve their letter forms and calligraphy style.
If you find yourself wanting to create calligraphy but have no idea where to start, then this is precisely the blog post for you! I’ll walk you through which supplies to buy, how to hold the pen, videos on assembly and use, and how to practice.Over the past few years, I have taught several beginners’ modern calligraphy workshops and answered countless calligraphy questions via email. Those experiences have taught me that there is a need for a blog post like this one: a post that shows you where to start learning from scratch! In this blog post, I’ll walk you through how to learn modern calligraphy in a few simple steps.
Calligraphy is easy to learn, but like any craft, it needs practice. And actually, in this case practice is a lot of fun: it’s very enjoyable and calming to fill pages and pages with letters and curls and different words. I like to say practicing calligraphy feel like zen meditation to me – it certainly helps me to be more mindful of what I’m doing.
A nib and some ink are all you need to transform letters and words into works of art. With the right tools and some practice, you don't have to be a serious calligrapher or professional to take your writing from mundane to spectacular. However, with all the options and variations on the market, it can be overwhelming to parse through the different selections of nibs and styles.
What I aim to teach in this new series of lessons is not the traditional flowing scripts that the words "Arabic calligraphy" evoke. As beautiful as they are, they are very formal, and it takes a long and repetitive apprenticeship to learn to draw them properly, and even longer to be able to express oneself with them ("Make patient imitation your habit", said Ibn al-Bawwâb, one of the great names of the art.
The oriental aphorism says that the human beauty lies is the beauty of their writing. In our creative tasks we express ourselves; looking at the world we share our positive experience. Calligraphy is an art that can help us present our words in a unique and outstanding manner, making them not only speak, but act from your behalf. That's why calligraphy turned into some sort of a crossing point between drawing and writing.