Calligraphy - The Art of Handwriting

Calligraphy has been attempted for centries. I say attempted because not everyone can master the art of beautiful handwriting. There are many reasons why some people do not do well in calligraphy. Someone who is good at this art usually is a perfectionist who know how to remain calm in difficult situations. Calligraphy is also good at teaching anger management or could be used as a regular hobby for an interesting past-time.

Helpful Hints

1. Be Prepared for Mistakes :The art of beautiful handwriting is a difficult task. Perfectionists will get frustrated attempting to create the perfect curve, the best stroke, or the museum-worthy greeting card. No one can do calligraphy at the first try. Keep saying this in your head. Everything worth knowing does not come easy.  

2. Do not take every mistake to heart : Did you expect to create a jaw dropping picture at the first try? Everything takes time, especially calligraphy. Handwriting takes a while to get used to. The hand movements are not like those in piano, though it would help to know piano. You do not move as far or as fast.

3. Take it slow : Pace yourself. Rushing through could change the pen movements or create ink blotches. This will not help you in any way. Take a few breaths. Breathe in, keep it sucked in for a moment, then breathe out. Redo the breathing technique five times. (This is also a good breathing exercise before important meetings or tests.) Remain calm.


Gather Information

Find a bunch of calligraphy books. Each book has different pictures, various tips, and numerous projects that give you ideas. No two calligraphy books are alike, but try to get as vast a variety as possible. Listed below are a few of my favorites.

Great Amazon Calligraphy Books

Calligraphy For Dummies
Calligraphy For Dummies

Some might consider readers of these books as dummies, but the dummy books are detailed and are written much like a textbook, filled with wonderful information waiting to be in your mind.

Calligraphy Alphabets for Beginners: The Easy Way to Learn Lettering and Illumination Techniques
Calligraphy Alphabets for Beginners: The Easy Way to Learn Lettering and Illumination Techniques

Do not pass up calligraphy books for children or beginners. These books usually have extremely detailed instructions that other books will leave out and let you struggle in an attempt to learn.

Calligraphy for Kids
Calligraphy for Kids

It doesn't matter how old you are, any one can learn calligraphy if they desire to.


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loveofnight 4 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

I have always loved calligraphy, it is a beautifully artful form of writing. I believe that my personal signature is influenced by it. Some nice pointers in this hub, thanks for the share.

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poetryman6969 2 years ago

I have never been able to practice the art consistently but the writing is beautiful.

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