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Introduction to Calligraphy

by Sripal Jain

Introduction to calligraphy would need us to travel back in time when the art of writing started with evolution of homospaiens. Calligraphy 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 calligraphy, Japanese Calligraphy, Korean calligraphy, Vietnamese calligraphy, Philippine, Indian, Islamic, etc. It is said that the Chinese calligraphy originated in 2nd BC and the Islamic calligraphy was also called as 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 movementEdward Johnston is regarded as being the father of modern calligraphy.

Modern calligraphy or the western calligraphy ranges from functional inscriptions and designs to fine-art pieces where the letters may or may not be readable. Classical calligraphy 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. Various types of pens used for calligraphy are

Calligraphy fountain pens come in various tip 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 s regarded as a great hobby and is influencing a lot of fountain pen users to upgrade their writing skills.

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

Its time to #bringbackwriting, #startcalligraphy, #brainexercise

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