Calligraphy the Write Way

Most of us are more than a little ashamed of our handwriting. Although some of us can “neaten” it up for special occasions we are inclined to still find our script wanting. The idea of learning calligraphy, the art of decorative writing, can seem too intimidating even for those who can make legible garage sale signs and flowing signatures on greeting cards.

Beautiful and ornate writing exists in most cultures around the world. It began and evolved over the years when books were all hand copied. Some of the most amazing, intricate work was done my medieval monks. These works included not only beautiful lettering but the addition of colorful illustrations sometimes worked artfully into the larger letters at the beginning of each page’s script.

Although traditional calligraphy alphabets can be complex to the point of being illegible, calligraphy today includes modern, simpler alphabets that fit many styles of projects.

If you have ever admired this beautiful lettering, you will be happy to know even the handwriting challenged can acquire the skill needed to address invitations, make greeting cards and produce lovely copies of favorite quotes and poems for display.

Basic strokes, as they are called, can be accomplished using not only the traditional artist’s pen and ink but special chiseled markers made for lettering. While lots of practice is required, this easy to start and transport craft can be a pleasant way to pass time while waiting at the doctor’s office or listening to music (or if you’re me- listening to TV).

Your library has a nice selection of books with detailed instruction in scripts from basic to ornate.

If you’ve ever thought you’d like to learn to write the “right way” check out some of these great books available to borrow today!

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Jayme Lyons has worked in the library Bookmobile department for 20 years. Her energetic style and deep desire to connect with others helps her bring her subjects to life.