Calligraphy Projects – Planning for Success

As a calligrapher the questions you’re likely to be asked include “How long did it take you?”, “did you do it on the computer?” and the favourite of all: “what do you do when things go wrong?” Things going wrong – it happens. It’s part of developing our calligraphy. And it’s not the end of…

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Foundational Hand – Order and Direction

After studying the proportions of the Foundational Hand letters, the next step is to start writing the letters. Each letter is constructed rather than written. The letters are made up of a combination of pen strokes, which are only made in a top – down or left – right direction. The pen is never pushed…

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Foundational Hand – Proportions

After studying Roman Capitals, next on the list is the Foundational Hand, sometimes called Roman Minuscules. The Foundational Hand are the lower-case letters written beside Roman Capitals. As with the Roman Capitals we need to study the proportion of the letters before we pick up a calligraphy pen and make a start with some sample…

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Numbers

Numbers follow the characteristics of the main script. So, they should be sloped and based on an oval shape when written with Italics and round in shape and upright when written with Roman Capitals. Numbers can be either ranged or non-ranged. Ranged numbers are typically used with Capital letters where there are no ascenders and…

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Roman Capitals – Letter and Word Spacing

Many calligraphers put all their effort in to producing correctly proportioned letterforms.  Whilst the letters are very important, bad letter and word spacing will distract from the lettering.  Can you imagine looking at a piece of work with beautiful lettering only to be distracted by poor spacing? Spacing can make or break a piece of…

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