Calligraphy is an inexpensive way to make just about anything look more special, elegant, and festive. Anyone can learn it. It is easy! It just takes practice, and soon it will become a lifelong skill. Christina Brown and her daughters did a wonderful job teaching this skill to their Keepers group. You can read about it below.
If you do not know how to do this, but would like to teach your group, take a few hours to learn it and practice it a bit, and then you will be ready to teach. It is that simple! A great book for beginners on calligraphy is First Steps in Calligraphy. This is a comprehensive book teaching the basics of calligraphy. We also have calligraphy sets and calligraphy markers. For more information click here.
Christina Brown and her daughter Jessica and Abigail hosted this meeting. I discussed the word calligraphy and how it means beautiful writing. We talked about the history of calligraphy considering pictographs and Egyptian Hieroglyphics; how it flourished in the middle Ages, and how calligraphy became less used when the printing press was invented, and why it was revitalized in the 19th century.
I gave examples of different types of calligraphy, care of tools, types of ink and pens. We also perused strokes, hand positions, and Calligrams.
We discussed rules, correct position, and posture and spacing. We also talked about tips: allowing yourself to make mistakes, extension of your pinkie finger and why this helps, how tracing isn’t cheating, working with a rhythm, patience, and practice, practice, practice!
I showed the girls several different books about calligraphy and the different alphabets they could choose from. We also discussed examples on how you can use calligraphy in your life and ways to make money through calligraphy.
The first project was to write the alphabet of their choice. We discussed the different styles available and what they had seen using these styles or what it made them think about. Some were more ornate than others, and the girls didn’t just pick the easiest. I had the girls do the lower case alphabet and then the upper case alphabet.
As it was just before Valentines Day, the girls each made a Valentine’s Card, for someone special, with a Bible verse in it about Love. The girls each picked a verse and wrote it in the calligraphy alphabet of their choice. They decorated these with scrapbooking paper, supplies, stickers, etc.
The girls were sent home with instruction on reading one calligraphy book of their choice and another project they were to complete at home which was a sign for their door, stating for example, ‘Christina’s Room’ written in the calligraphy alphabet of their choice.
The girls had a great time. Afterwards, my youngest daughter was using calligraphy in thank you notes and story covers. She even noticed calligraphy at our city’s newspaper on the wall. (Charlotte, NC)
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