Calligraphy is the art of making beautiful or elegant handwriting, it is a fine art of skilled penmanship. We offer links to its history as well as tutorials and instructions.


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The principal tools for a calligrapher are the pen, which may be flat-balled or round-nibbed, and the brush. For some decorative purposes, multi-nibbed pens or steel brushes may be used. Basic work has also been done with felt-tip and ballpoint pens, although these works do not employ angled lines. Ink for writing is usually water-based and much less viscous than the oil based inks used in printing. High quality paper, which has good consistency of porosity, will enable cleaner lines, although parchment or vellum is often used, as a knife can be used to erase work on them and a light box is not needed to allow lines to pass through it. Light boxes and templates are used to achieve straight lines without pencil markings detracting from the work. Ruled paper, either for a light box or direct use, is generally ruled every quarter or half inch, although inch spaces are occasionally used.

Calligraphy History

A History of Calligraphy

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Calligraphy Downloadables

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Calligraphy Alphabets

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Writing started out as signs and symbols. The earliest evidence of such writing dates to cavemen of 3500 BC. Their writing system was of pictograms. The pictograms also turned into ideograms - for example the moon might mean "night" too. At about 3000 BC, hieroglyphics were sacred carved writings.

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