Handwriting is dead. Nobody can read cursive anymore. Or so they say. But let’s be honest, I hear this all the time.. “Why would anyone bother to use calligraphy in a day and age where we type everything?”
Most people read blogs and ebooks, and send texts and emails. Nobody writes anything by hand anymore. Even class notes are taken on a laptop nowadays! Yeah, yeah. I hear ya. I’m of this generation, too. I rely on my smartphone as much as the next millennial, and I keep all my notes in Google Keep.
But guess what, that is precisely the reason that calligraphy is exciting! It’s not commonplace. No sirree. Not everyone can make words beautiful. And if you don’t believe me, just take a look at your doctor’s scrawl on your next prescription.
Learning calligraphy is both a precise science, and a creative art. It is the perfect activity for my scientific mind, and artistic expression, and I hope you can find joy in it too.
Calligraphy is incredibly calming.
If you haven’t experienced it before, watch the way a calligrapher works, and it’s absolutely mesmerizing (see these videos by Ian Barnard and Jake Weidmann and Connie Chen). Calligraphers work very rhythmically and it shows in the final product. You can just see the ups and downs in the words, much like in nature. Imagine the crashing of waves on the beach. Calligraphy is not so different and it’s no wonder that practicing calligraphy is so calming.
You can use it on envelopes to wow your friends and family (or landlord!)
Envelope art is probably one of my favourite ways to use calligraphy. It is easily the quickest way to wow someone. To keep it simple, I usually use calligraphy for the recipient’s name, and then write the rest of the address in printed letters.
For full pizzazz points, you can use calligraphy and lettering styles for the whole envelope. Keep in mind that the address should not be obstructed and be clear to read, otherwise the post office might have a really hard time delivering your envelope. On the other hand, their tolerance for decorative envelopes is pretty high, so have fun with it! I would just encourage you to find the right balance between decorative and functional.
Calligraphy is very affordable.
Well, unless you’re like me and want to buy all the pens!! But otherwise, the startup costs are extremely low. Less than $10. Scratch that, you can start at less than $5!
Have I convinced you yet? Yes? Good! Stick around with me, and I’ll share tips and tricks to learn brush pen calligraphy right here on this blog. Get started by reading this and this post that explain some beginner brush pen calligraphy tools!
So, why brush pen calligraphy? It’s the most accessible form of calligraphy to the general calligrapher. If you don’t have the time or the money to learn calligraphy in all its forms, but you still want to dabble in it to get all the benefits of doing calligraphy.. then learn brush pen calligraphy. Brush pens are inexpensive, and easy to use.
I’d love to know,
- What is the biggest barrier to you in learning calligraphy?
- Do these reasons resonate with you? What else would you add?
Until next time!