Everything you need to know to get started in script calligraphy
plus 20 DIY projects for weddings, parties, blogs, and more.
I am becoming obsess with calligraphy recently. I just love how words are gracefully written added with the flourishes that adorn the writings. I wish there are classes offered nearby but unfortunately I live in a small town and I do not know somebody who share the same interest with me. There are classes online but it’s expensive. Thus, I decided to learn it on my own starting with reading book of “Modern Calligraphy” by Molly Suber Thorpe.
The book has 5 chapters. Chapters 1 – 3 discusses the introduction of modern calligraphy, the necessary tools and techniques for both beginners and intermediate learners of this art. Chapter 4 is about calligraphic postal art in the twenty-first century. And the last chapter which covers almost half of the book are DIYs that you can practice.
This book also includes watercolor techniques which you can use as your ink for calligraphy or use watercolor for additional effect such as background.
Sample of 24 different ways of writing letters from A-Z are provided in the middle of the book. However, I wish there are practice sheets included in the book. I guess I have to trace it and make one for myself.
I think the bonus part of the book aside from the DIYs and techniques are the recommended materials, online craft store, and other resources by the author. This really help me decide on what to buy rather than hoarding things that I don’t need at this moment.
Basically, this book is an overview with some tips and techniques from the author. But I guess the success in this art requires more practice. Attending classes is not a must, I know there are many self-taught successful calligraphers, but it will help you a lot the only thing is that you have to spend extra money for it. Or you can watch online tutorials for free.
For now I am still using pens to practice faux calligraphy. But I am dying for the arrival of my own first calligraphy set of materials which I ordered online from the recommended website of the author.