How To Create Calligraphy Art

How To Create Calligraphy Art

One of the most impressive, classy forms of writing, including structured fancy traditional stylistic leaf and bird off-hand flourishing techniques, perfect for any hand written keepsakes and memorabilia.

How to create calligraphy art: calligraphy art can be split in to quite a few categories, so what I'm going to look at are some of the more traditional aspects of calligraphy art. The first thing I'm going to look at is how to make a specific type of decorative letter form called cadell, or cadieux. Cadells are a series of constructive shapes that pull together to form a letter.

I'm going to do a letter 'L'. So, this is the backbone of the letter. Notice I'm writing, but I'm not changing the angle of my hand.

I'm going to add the outer stem. Notice how slowly I'm doing this, really taking my time here. And I'm going to add the inner stem, and then I'm going to add the bottom of the 'L'.

Then I'm going to bring the letters back onto themselves and cut through this letter, then I'm going to add the top. So, it's all about geometric balance. I mean, it's not perfect, but ideally what you want to do is you want to pencil in your structure first.

The other type of letter that I want to look at starts off as a fairly decorative plant motif, and that's called a counterspace letter form. So, what I'm going to do is use one of the Tyrolean art principles and I'm going to create. So, that's the spine, and the leaf needs to turn on itself so you see the leaf really twisting up and over, and you can even go in there and hatch some decoration, so this stem has to follow through on the other side, and you can loop the curves where they overlap to give the impression that the leaves are twisting over and above each other.

Now, that's a basic illustrative structure, which can then be used to make a letter form, but of course, with something like this you have to draw it out, look at it on a separate sheet of paper and then really just have a go at it. The next structure that I want to look at is something called off-hand flourishing. This and the following type of decoration are very typical of 19th century decoration in the United States, and I'm using a bone folder to fold, and I'm using a knife to cut.

Please be careful when you use sharp objects. So, I'm using an oblique holder, which has its handle titled flatter, but it also sits in a completely different place, so the nib comes out at this angle. I'm going to get one of manuscript pen company nibs, and I am planning to use the E.

F. principle for this as well. Nib of choice.

Curing the nib. Little bit of saliva to get the lacquer off. Be very careful because you can quite easily damage the tip of the nib, because you don't really want to do that because that's what makes this nib so special.

Usually, if you write copperplate and I will write Spencer End with this, which is another script, you have to keep your nib at the angle of the script. Actually, with Spencer End script, the structure is that you get the weight of the letter at the bottom, or at the top. This is very, very important for this kind of script structure because it is what gives rise to off-hand flourishes based on a quill.

Now, the fourth and final type of illustrative decoration, I would like to look at is a type of decoration again used by the Americans in the 19th century of which this and the Spencer end script belongs to called off-hand flourishing but this specific type of decoration creates a very specific shape. And notice I'm going to have to turn the page quite a lot as I'm doing this, but I'm also using very free arm movement, and this creates a type of bird flourishing specific to the off-hand flourishing tradition. It does require a very light touch.

Be very careful. Just know that you're going to make these marks, and sit the bird in its nest. There you go, how to make calligraphy and use art. .