3 Simple Things You Probably Don’t Know About Calligraphy

#1 Calligraphy is NOT the same as Cursive handwriting.

Calligraphy consists of a series of individual, separate strokes in order to create each letter. Cursive on the other hand is a continuous writing style focused on completing each word.

Lifting the pen matters!

In calligraphy it’s important to lift the pen often, unlike when writing in cursive. It improves your overall consistency and precision. Also, some strokes may begin from a different point where your last stroke ended. 

How you hold the pen or brush matters!

Properly holding your pen while following through on your strokes helps to maintain consistency. It also reduces the wear and tear on your equipment that lead to frayed brushes or broken nibs. Not to mention it reduces the strain on your hands and wrists when you hold your pen or brush in a comfortable position.

Stroke consistency is key in calligraphy! 

Did I already mention that consistency is IMPORTANT in calligraphy? The precision and manner in which you implement each stroke greatly affects how well your overall project will turn out. Like any skill, there is no substitute for constant practice and repetition.

#2 Calligraphy has 9 Basic Strokes

The 9 basic strokes are:

  1. The Upstroke
  2. The Downstroke
  3. The Overturn
  4. The Underturn
  5. The Compound Curve
  6. The Oval
  7. The Ascending Loop
  8. The Descending Loop
  9. The Comma Dot

#3 Calligraphy has many different scripts to choose from.

Based on the “nib” or tip that is used, there are TWO popular groups of calligraphy—Broad (wide) nib or Pointed nib. Each group contains several popular scripts or styles as well.

Broad or Wide nib calligraphy scripts

  • Blackletter (Gothic)
  • Italic
  • Roman capitals
  • Uncials

Pointed Nib calligraphy scripts

  • Copperplate
  • Spencerian
  • Modern

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