Jessica Keala

Modern Calligraphy: What You Need to Know as a Beginner

The ancient art of calligraphy has been around for centuries, and it initially started out in European iterations for religious texts and scriptures. It kept on evolving through the passage of each century, and it gradually stopped further progressing after the arrival of printing press and other related technologies. The automation of text made it difficult for the calligraphers in those texts to use their standard medium to portray their artwork, and this resulted in the decline in the expansion of this artwork. Luckily, towards the end of the 19th century, all of the ancient calligraphy scriptures were brought back to life and this gave a new picture to this historic art. The renewed interest in this obsolete opened up new possibilities for the new entrants in the field, and the artists of that time introduced their own calligraphic styles – which later on became the mainstream forms of art and design. This new form of non-traditional calligraphy, also known as modern calligraphy, can be learned by almost anyone without any expertise in the field. It has loosened the restrictions for beginners, so that we can all express our artistic skills and talents without holding back on anything. There are few steps that you can take to improve your calligraphy skills as a beginner.

Learn Faux Calligraphy

During the initial learning phase, many beginners might be scared of using a dip pen, because it makes them more susceptible to making mistakes and error. Faux calligraphy is a great way of gaining your confidence in the field, because you would be able to make eye-catching lettering within a few days. You can use any standard writing instrument when you are doing faux calligraphy – from a ballpoint pen to a whiteboard chalk. Even if you aren’t artistically elite, you can make mesmerizing pieces of art with your standard ink pens. Once you have chosen your writing utensil, you would have to learn to add down-strokes below each alphabet of your word. Make sure to pull down your nib in a way that creates perfectly round stokes below each word. Make sure to fill the ink properly between the two borders, so that it gives the illusion of actual calligraphic strokes.

Assemble Modern Calligraphy Kit

From turquoise wooden pen holders to specialized nib pens, you need to set up all the essentials for your calligraphy kit, which would allow taking up all the tasks without the need of gathering necessary stuff during your project. Make sure to include Nikko G nibs in your kit, because it provides a highly flexibility for the beginners to make down strokes and up-strokes without pulling the tines apart. You should also have a cup of water at your disposal – which would allow you to constantly keep your nib cleaned, so that you can make sharp strokes.

Clean Your Nibs

Too much moisture on your dip pen nib can trigger a deterioration process in it, which would in turn affect your artwork. Most new nibs are covered with manufacturer’s oil, which gives them a nice display in the store shelves and racks. You can stick your nib in a potato – which would slowly absorb all the moisture from the surface of the nib.

Set-Up Your Dip Pen

Buying a nib pen with a universal insert comes in handy, because that allows you to accommodate a wide variety of nibs – which would in turn help you to diversify your artwork. Make sure to push the petals – which are inside the opening edge of the holder – in a proper way, so that the nib doesn’t fall off easily.