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Calligraphy, An introduction

by Sripal Jain

Introduction to calligraphy would need us to travel back in time when the art of writing started with the evolution of homo sapiens. It is the visual representation of writing which is more artistic and expressive.

Ancient calligraphy

Calligraphy is as old as human civilization and as varied as the various cultures spread across different continents. The different forms of calligraphy prevalent were Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Philippine, Indian, Islamic, etc. It is said that the Chinese style originated in 2nd BC and the Islamic calligraphy was also called the language of the gods.

Modern Calligraphy

The modern revival of calligraphy began at the end of the 19th century, influenced by the aesthetics and philosophy of William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement. Edward Johnston is regarded as being the father of modern calligraphy.

Modern or western calligraphy ranges from functional inscriptions and designs to fine-art pieces where the letters may or may not be readable. The Classical form differs from typography and non-classical hand-lettering.<Source Wikipedia>

The most common modern tool used by a calligrapher is various types of Pens, Quality ink, and Paper. Different types of pens used for calligraphy are

Calligraphy fountain pens come in various nib types that are either flat or round or pointed. Modern calligraphy is also done with felt tip pens or brush which are now available with various tip sizes to bring out the calligraphic effects.

In current trends, Calligraphy is regarded as a great hobby and is influencing a lot of fountain pen users to upgrade their writing skills.

I personally feel it is an art that ought to be learned in order to gain control of your thoughts. It is a great brain exercise and helps in elevating hand-eye coordination.

Its time to #bringbackwriting, #startcalligraphy, #brainexercise

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