Learn Calligraphy With These Simple Tips

To learn calligraphy properly, you should start by studying the mechanics of writing, such as positioning, spacing, form and fluidity. You will also become adept at honing the human aspects of artistic writing, including relaxation, patience and concentration.

Learning calligraphy is not difficult, but it does take patience and practice. By taking courses at local community colleges, workshops or continuing education classes, you can receive one-on-one instruction, hands-on interaction and immediate feedback from qualified, experienced calligraphers.

Calligraphy kits are available at art supply stores and include the essential supplies of a pen, nib, ink, paper, pictures and instructions for getting started. Learning calligraphy on your own requires a minimal investment and is a good way to get a feel for the writing process before you move on to more advanced techniques.

Whether you are learning calligraphy in a classroom, online or on your own, follow these basic steps, which will make the learning process even more enjoyable:

  • Relax.
  • Allow time for doing a lesson without being rushed.
  • Work in a quiet area free of distractions.
  • Use a quality pen, nib and paper.
  • Select a pen that fits the size of your hand comfortably.
  • Focus on each letter and the strokes required to create it.
  • Trace each letter from an original example to understand how to implement the strokes.
  • Learn the basics of writing each and every letter precisely and to the best of your ability.
  • Practice each day.
  • Never force the writing.
  • Create each letter as a written form incorporating drawing techniques.
  • Compare the letters written to the examples given to ensure they are in proportion with the originals.
  • Look at the lettering throughout each lesson to determine if adjustments are needed to the style in the areas of letter formation, height and width of letters, thickness of strokes and spacing between letters.
  • Strive for fluid movements of the pen to create each letter.
  • Have confidence in your writing style.
  • Be proficient with the basics of writing calligraphy before advancing to more decorative and free form styles.
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