World of Calligraphy


Article by Christina Ranjan, Artist

Let’s start writing calligraphy………

In this fast moving world where we seldom write as we are driven completely by technology. Nowadays people want to learn new things and they crave to write as computers, mobile phones, tablets and other tech gadgets have killed the art of writing. People also want to customise gifts and write personified notes, tags, invitations and revive writing in order to add a personalised touch and it is completely timeless. Calligraphy is one such art that is being used for writing. Calligraphy, ‘the art of beautiful or style writing was derived from two Greek words “Kallos”meaning beauty and “graphe”meaning writing. It can also be defined as the art of thick and thin strokes that in turn creates the beauty of the letters thus making the appearance more versatile. Calligraphy has a very strong traditional basis not only in the Western world but also in the Eastern world. The Roman calligraphy has spread its roots in most of the European countries. Eastern calligraphy is followed in China, Japan and Korea. Arabic calligraphy has its own significance as it is ornamented in most of the Islamic monuments.

Traditional calligraphy is completely different from the modern one in many aspects. Modern calligraphy is also known as faux calligraphy. The modern calligraphy is done with a pointed nib with an oblique pen holder or an oblique pointed nib with a straight pen holder. The thick is thin stokes in the modern calligraphic writing is done only with the help of different pressures. Whereas for most of the western calligraphy nibs are broad that aids to get the thick and thin strokes.

One can play around with the strokes to derive different designs. Every tool can provide different variations in strokes. The tools range from quills, bamboo reeds, fountain calligraphy pen, dip pens, calligraphy markers, koi brush to brushes made out of goat hair or wolf hair. Different qualities of ink and papers should be used to get the desired outcome. There are various scripts in calligraphy- Gothic, chancery, Antiqua, Spencerian, copperplate to name a few. Calligraphy plays a very important role in all the creative fields like visual arts, fashion communication, graphic design etc., one can create logos, free hand designs, design borders, write wedding invitations, envelopes and cards.

One can also play with the strokes and create new fonts and add different designs and decorate it. Certificate writing is one such profession that one who knows calligraphy can take up. One can create bookmarks, gift wrappers, name plates, cupcake toppers, monograms and other ornamentation.

An exquisite art that involves patience, sensory and motor coordination aids in improving concentration. When a person gets distracted during the composition of calligraphic work there are high chances of occurrence of errors. Calligraphy can aid in improving the handwriting through spacing and precision of letters. It can be a very simple and a relaxing activity for the day. Some people also say calligraphy can lead to a very calming state of mind. Anyone can learn to write calligraphy even if they don’t have a neat handwriting.

Christina Ranjan is a lecturer by profession, artist and crafter by passion. She is the owner of Christina’s Art Studio.

Disclaimer: Views expressed are personal and may not reflect those of this organisation.