INTRODUCTION TO CALLIGRAPHY
Calligraphy, meaning ‘beautiful handwriting’ in Greek, is the art of decorative handwriting and has been around for thousands of years. Largely used in scroll writing or religious purposes, calligraphy is now used for a variety of purposes: logo design, watermarks, quotes, invitations and letters just to name a few. Calligraphy adds creative flair to your handwriting.
Here are the top three things I bet you didn’t know about calligraphy:
- Practice, practice and more practice! Calligraphy can be self-taught. There are all levels of calligraphers from beginners to intermediates to skilled masters. It does not take long to pick up calligraphy if you practise. Try our handwriting practice video to get you started!
- Nib anatomy! The most important factor when starting calligraphy is knowing your instrument. The calligraphy nib determines how thick or thin your calligraphy will be. The nib of a calligraphy pen can come in a variety of sizes and styles.
- Angles matter! Unlike regular pens, calligraphy requires a unique method of holding. Hold your pen at a 45-degree angle for best results and always make sure your nib is leading the line. STABILO’s beFab calligraphy fountain pen has a build-in, soft, non-slip grip zone to help with your creative writing.
Calligraphy is great fun, and soon you will be able to impress your friends, family and teachers with your stylish writing.