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Discover how to make amazing calligraphy in just one day with this easy-to-use guide!
Calligraphy is one of the most fluid forms of art today. Typographers and iconographers as well as calligraphers use letters as a way of driving a point home more than just through the word itself, but through the way the word impacts you. Once you start looking at the way that words are made up, you'll begin to see the many ways that you can change them to have a bigger effect on the viewer. This is true of everything from invitations you send out to art you create for display. Words have specific meanings, but the way that a word is viewed versus heard can affect how it's perceived.
Calligraphy allows you to subtly enhance each letter, putting in different flourishes, curls, and lines. You can even add small pictures inside the words or letters to make each one a true type of art. Even when you perfect your calligraphy, it's still very difficult to get all your letters to look exactly the same each and every time. Small differences work their way in, which is part of what makes the finished effect so beautiful. To get the same effect out of a font, you'd have to go into each letter and warp it slightly, and even then you wouldn't quite achieve the beauty that comes from working with your hands.
Of all the art forms that I've studied and used over the years, calligraphy is one of the most underappreciated. After all, in an age of computers it's easy to add any type of script or font to just about anything. You can even purchase stencils and stickers in a variety of fonts as well if you want to add things to physical media. I started learning calligraphy as a way to enhance certain pieces of art. It actually started when I began twisting wire into words. From there, I wanted to use some of the same words on wood and canvas to complete a set. But how could I get the same effect as I was getting from the wire? I needed a way to make the words decorative, even though what I was placing them on was not. As I began looking at different fonts to reproduce, I realized that was I was looking for was calligraphy. A beautiful, elegant way to express letters and words by hand on any media from cardstock to wood. It didn’t take me long to realize that calligraphy allowed me to personalize things far more than using a computer font or a sticker ever could.
Here is a preview of what you will learn....



The history of calligraphy
The different styles of calligraphy
How the different materials affect style
Basic calligraphy strokes
Different practice projects with step-by-step instructions

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