Calligraphy for Wedding Classic Invitations

Consider calligraphy for classic wedding invitations. Calligraphy is a simple, yet beautiful, art form found in many cultures. At its core, calligraphy is the practice of writing in a visually appealing and flowing script. In other words, calligraphy simply means beautiful writing.

Nobody is sure when calligraphy was first invented, but it's believed to have originated in China around 4,500 years ago. Starting with Chinese calligraphy, the art spread to many Asian cultures, and eventually across the globe. As it moved from culture to culture, each region crafted a specialized technique that now helps identify the exact calligraphy style that is used.

Since calligraphy merges writing, drawing and painting, it can be used for many purposes. Its expressive and artistic strokes are found in many arts, from paintings to letter writing to wedding invitations.

It's not unusual for wedding invitations to use calligraphy-styled letters, and most printers offer a huge assortment of looks. However, a person's own special touch is the essence of calligraphy. So, for a truly personal wedding invitation, try writing your own calligraphy.

Before you feel too intimidated, remember that you can do calligraphy in your wedding invitations a few different ways. You can use the calligraphy for writing or for drawing elegant pictures. You can write or draw out each invitation, one by one, or you can write or draw out one general invitation and then make beautiful printed or photographed copies.

If doing your own calligraphy seems too overwhelming and you have the budget, check your phone book, or go online, and contact a professional calligrapher. They will be able to create any style you desire, and they can also make a single invitation to photocopy or ink each invitation separately. A good calligrapher will be able to show you many samples and can work with you regarding your budget and wedding theme.

How to Write Calligraphy
First, you need a calligraphy pen or brush. It's best to start with a calligraphy pen, which can be found in any craft store or the craft sections of general mega-stores. Traditionally, the ink should be black or red, though almost any color is available for purchase.

You'll also need paper suitable for calligraphy creation. Some papers may tear, bleed or blotch with calligraphy ink. For quality calligraphy paper, try cardstock, calligraphy paper, faux parchment or sturdy rice paper.

Calligraphy requires smooth and fluid motions, as well as knowing when to press lightly and when to press firmly. The exact style can be so specific that calligraphy can be identified and categorized according to countries, time periods or even individual calligraphers.

If you're just learning calligraphy, stick to a simple form that you can master in a day. The more complex calligraphy forms can take years to learn. It's easy to practice making a calligraphy swan, and then take the best one and use it as the invitation cover.

Calligraphy Wedding Invitation Ideas
Because calligraphy is open to so many styles and themes, it's amazingly easy to personalize and play with. Almost any wedding invitation idea can be matched with calligraphy, but the most popular ideas involve pictures, poems or quotes.

Pictures. The easiest type of calligraphy wedding invitation is the simple picture. A few bold strokes can create flowers, trees, fish, birds, hearts or stars. You can go with something simple, like a black-inked silhouette calligraphy sketch of the couple. You can also go rather elaborate with something such as a detailed drawing of your favorite floral bouquet, complete with colored ink to accentuate leaves and petals. You can even tie a delicate gold swan drawn on white rice paper to a silky red card for a truly lavish touch.

Poems. You can copy actual scripts, too. A romantic example would be to use a simple Thai love poem written in beautiful calligraphy as the invitation cover, with an English translation of the poem as part of the announcement inside.

You could also try a shimmering gold ink with a Shakespearean poem to write the invitation, and use a quality white paper with gold vine edging. If you're looking for a distinctly medieval feel, try some thick paper with a flowery, medieval sonnet. Remember to add painted pictures in assorted colors as edging, along with the traditional gold leaf details.

Quotes. The most popular form of wedding quote is the couples' favorite song, or lyric from a song, as the invitation cover. This could be a verse from the song you plan to use for the first dance, or the song that was playing the day you and your future spouse met.

Movie and play quotes are also popular, with epic romances echoed in the wedding announcement. If you're at all superstitious, it's best to stick with hopeful tales, such as finding long lost loves or overcoming adversity with the help of a spouse. No matter what you choose, it will look even more romantic if it's expressed in calligraphy.

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