I’ve always loved calligraphy and typography. I just love to write, to feel the pen in my hand as it strokes the page, is just wonderful to my soul. This book, Simply Calligraphy by Judy Detrick, is perfect for learning the basics of calligraphy. She doesn’t overwhelm the reader with dauntless reading but gets down to the important stuff with easy to read sections and understanding strokes and how to create letters and numbers easily.
I loved her advice about getting a feel for the letters before diving in head first, I spent an hour or so just using a regular ball point pen to feel comfortable with the letters at a 30 degree angle.
I then went to Michael’s and picked up a calligraphy pen set for no more than $9 with 3 nibs, ink and pen casing. (Similar to this one on Amazon) This was the first time I had really done calligraphy since junior high and then I got frustrated and quit very quickly. I went page by page, paying attention to the stokes Detrick emphasis’s and practiced a few letters and sections multiple times. It was easier than I expected, especially after my tried and failed attempt 15 years ago.
Calligraphy is an art form, although meticulous it is a beautiful form of writing, one I look forward to doing more of in the future! Here is a sample of the work I created in 2 days after reading and practicing from this book:
Clearly there is still room for improvement but really? I had no idea I’d get the hang of this so quickly and really look forward to continuing to improve!
Have you ever tried calligraphy?
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