Calligraphy - Ancient and New!

Updated: Mar 20, 2019

Last Sunday, March 17th, just before the MSU-U of M basketball game ………………………………………………………………………….……. Okay, back to the topic at hand.

Tam Wolfe, a Ledge Craft Lane artist, and her friend Joni Sanchez introduced the class to the ancient art of Calligraphy.

We learned what nibs are, the use of lines and even pencils and erasers, plus the different writing tools that can be used to create the beautiful lettering.

Unlike the ancient method of lettering with dip pens, today’s tools offer a variety of pens, markers and brushes.

Calligraphy styles have evolved from those of the Latin script in the 1st century. As for that matter, from the Asian and Arabic styles too.

If you search for calligraphy images on the internet, you will discover hundreds of lettering styles.

We were introduced to a few of them – the “Round Hand Script”, “Old English”, “Amy Style”, “Kaitlin Style” and some sort of block style.

Using dip pens, markers and pencils, we all picked a style and started our practice of fancy writing. Thin lines, thick lines, slants, curves – and getting use to the tool – it didn’t take any of us long before we knew that practice was key here.

According to Wikipedia, calligraphy continues to flourish in the forms of wedding/event invitations, logo designs, religious art, graphic design, testimonials, certificates, maps and other works.

If you have an interest in learning this ancient art, find a style you like, then begin by practicing individual strokes or letters. It’s fun and you never know when you might want to use your new-found skill.

A couple of the students in class plan to use calligraphy in their journal entries. Another student plans to add a little calligraphy work plus some watercolor art to homemade cards for correspondence to an out-of-state friend. Nice personal touch, both!

It was a fun afternoon that went by quickly.

Hope you can join us for one of our Ledges ART BOX Parties. And in case you aren’t aware, April’s party will be held earlier in the month due to the Easter holiday.

On Sunday, April 7th, the ART BOX Party will be the Card Café with the Purple Papercrafters. You can find more information here.

Hope to see you soon!

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