Art In Motion – Can there be a more exquisite combination of beauty and purpose than that found in calligraphy?
The word calligraphy comes from the combination of two Greek words— kallos, meaning “beauty,” and graphein, meaning “to write” — literally “beautiful writing.” 1
Calligraphy is not just fancy writing; it is a beautiful art form that dates back centuries with styles and designs from around the world. One glance at this style of writing and you will never look at hand-writing the same again. So if you a penchant for the elegant and refined, you must try your hand at this beautiful and ancient art form. For under $50.00 and as little as a month or two of daily practice you will be creating beautiful greeting cards and hand-written notes to those special in your life. Those who receive these lovely reminders of love and friendship are almost guaranteed to tuck their little treasures away for a long time.
This elegant writing is accomplished by making thin and thick strokes with different angles using a calligraphy pen or brush and ink. Some beginners, including children, may consider an easy calligraphy technique is called faux calligraphy. An expensive calligraphy pen is not absolute requirement for the beginner, but a pen with an extra fine tip and a rolling ball head, such as the “pilot precise“ is preferable.
A wide variety of websites, teaching calligraphy both in traditional and modern styles, are available online. And, you can search the web for entry level tutorials and demonstrations. Some sites even provide practice sheets that you can print free of charge. There are also Facebook groups that provide video lessons and host calligraphy parties. Should you decide to take your new hobby to a new level, hire a professional instructor. You should expect to pay between $100.00 to $150.00 per hour depending on the instructor and your location, etc. More affordable group lessons may be available through your local continuing education department or community college.
Certainly, this ancient art form will pass from generation to generation for ages to come. Happy writing!
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For a small investment of time and tools, you will be able to create one-of-a-kind greeting cards, scrap booking notations, and beautiful letters, eg.