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Calligraphy is steeped in history. Our desire for intricately designed penmanship has not diminished to this day. Today, many graphic designers and artists still rely on calligraphy to make a truly-inspiring lettering impact.

Modern calligraphy has, however, evolved from centuries past. The artwork ranges from hand lettered inscriptions to pieces of fine art. As the art has evolved so too have the tools used.

The Calligraphy Pen

First and foremost the fundamental calligraphy tool is the pen. Featuring either a flat or round pen nib, complete with a brush, the pens are unique to the art form of calligraphy. Such pens have such as aesthetic look that they are used for decorative purposes, and displayed in studios and even homes of creative persons the world over.

The Ink and Paper

Water-based ink is the fundamental ink that calligraphers use. The ink is less viscous than oil-based inks used for printing. Calligraphers use specialist paper sheets – ones with a good consistency of porosity. This will allow for fine lines to be easily visible.

The Light Box

Many contemporary calligraphers make good use of light boxes. Light boxes and other templates allow calligraphers to draw straight lines without making any pencil markings. Another technique employed by calligraphers is the addition of ruled paper which can be either applied directly or through the light box. Any spaces should be clearly marked.

The Technique

Western calligraphy has a number of individual features. Think of how the first letter is illuminated in medieval books. Chinese and Arabic calligraphy both have very strict shape and size rules. The writing will follow a specific rhythm and regularity and displayed in the geometric order of the lines on the page. Each individual character has an individual stroke order that must be followed.

Thanks largely to light boxes and the evolution of additional tools and pens, calligraphy as an art form continues to hold a prominent position in the art and design world. The future looks bright.

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