Art doesn’t just look beautiful, it can be therapy for your soul too. The problem is, when people think of art, their go-to thoughts are usually painting, sculpture, or photography. While those may be popular, they’re certainly not the only art forms.
Calligraphy, a visual art involving ornate and harmonious writing, has been around for centuries. And recently, it’s been making a comeback. It’s not surprising considering how timeless it is. It’s a perfect way to quickly put your creativity and imagination to work without needing years of training or buckets of paint. Plus, it can be super relaxing too!
For calligraphy for beginners, here are some must-have tools you should consider investing in. After all, you just might fall in love with this art form!
1) Calligraphy Pens: Go for the perfect set!
Any calligrapher’s most important tool is their pen. Or more likely, pens! Stabilo’s Point88 Roller Set, which is available for just P756, is great for any enthusiast. Each of its 25 pens contains non-smudging, water-based ink which won’t dry out quickly. It also has a really handy roll-up case which makes organizing all of your pens effortless. And, you can bring them almost anywhere too.
2) A handy brush
Different people prefer different kinds of brushes. Some like their brushes to be thin and light, while others prefer thick and heavy. If you’re not entirely sure what works best for you, try starting with Snap’s White Taklon Brush No. 6.
It’s a high quality synthetic bristle brush that you can get for just P185. It has interlocked hairs for better resilience and a long, slender handle for finer, precision control.
3) A splash of color
While black and white works can be stunning, it’s sometimes better to liven things up. There’s definitely a ton of different materials you can use – watercolors, acrylics, chalk, etc. The most basic and reliable, however, are the trusty colored pencils. This 24 piece set from Faber Castell goes for just P749.75. It has everything you need in a durable metal case, so you can bring it anywhere you want to work!
4) A pristine canvas
It can be hard to get your pieces just the way you want them when you’re using poor quality paper. Fabriano’s Landscape Sketch Pad won’t give you that problem as it has ultra fine paper that works perfectly with a wide variety of colors and acrylics. Get it for just P463.50 here.
Once you have the tools for your calligraphy set, you’ll need the right attitude. Here’s some tips and tricks you should keep in mind.
5) A high quality writing pen
The Vision Calligraphy pen can also serve as a gift for your friend who likes everything handwritten. This beautiful pen is delicately crafted and styled to look very natural when you start handwriting your letters.
6) A sturdy notebook or notepad
The Rhodia Journal is just perfect for calligraphy beginners. This will compile all your practice handwriting in exceptional paper bound in elegant cover. You can get the Rhodia Journal from the National Book Store online shop for only P276.
1) Experiment with different techniques.
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Even though it’s been around for some time, calligraphy continues to change and grow in unexpected yet beautiful ways. One example is shown below by @paola_koala.
2) Be patient.
Not everyone gets the knack of calligraphy right away. If you’re needing some inspiration, try checking out renowned artists like @abbey_sy and @hvnsoy on Instagram to see how they do it. You can also check out different blogs and websites dedicated to calligraphy.
3) Have fun!
At the end of the day, calligraphy is supposed to be fun and freeing! So don’t stress out about your skills or your experience if you wish to learn calligraphy. Just take a deep breath, grab that pen, and get drawing.