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Calligraphy, anyone?

Journal Entry: Sat Nov 3, 2012, 8:19 PM


For years I've wanted to learn calligraphy and I finally decided that it is time. I would like to get a good book to learn, I looked in Amazon but there's so many of them and I couldn't decide which one to buy. Anyone here could recommend me a good book to learn calligraphy? :P I know absolutely nothing so it needs to cover the very basics.

I'm aware that there's a good number of tutorials and videos online, but I would like to learn the old fashioned way, because I'm a romantic. Ideally I would learn from a master, but I couldn't find any teacher or workshop where I live :(

Thank you if anyone can help :meow:


Everything will be all right in the end. If it's not all right, then it's not the end.
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fafatonk3kusruk Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
by the way,what kind of calligraphy that you interested with? if one that you like is Arabic calligraphy, you better look for any Islamic community around your town. Sometimes they open calligraphy class, and sometimes available for non Muslim :)
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Talty Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Maybe in the future, Arabic calligraphy is the most beautiful of them all :meow: but I want to learn latin calligraphy right now, I want to write my letters in a fancy way :D
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Itti Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I will also be very happy to give you any tips or answer any questions should you need them :)
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Talty Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much that is very nice of you :meow: I will keep it in mind!
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Itti Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Get "The Calligraphy Bible", I really recommend it. It has a nice overview at the front, including things about presentation and layout that a lot of beginners forget to pay attention to. There are also more general sections about materials and so on, lots of "overview" tips (I wish I could expand further but it's at my parents' house at the moment) and the bulk of the book consists of a large range of different alphabets for you to copy. There are also some more tips at the back, I think they are advanced techniques like embossing and so on.
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Beltaneh Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
I'm also interested in this, I guess I will take your advice too ^^ Thanks!
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Talty Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much for the advice! I looked for it in amazon, is it this one? [link] I hope so, this one has a similar name but it's a bit more expensive [link]
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Itti Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Unfortunately it's the second one, heh ^^; It's much cheaper on the UK website [link] - seems to be out of stock in the US (only available from other sellers). Scroll down and read the reviews on that page too.

Something else I forgot to mention is that the spine is spiral-bound (but in a nice way - there's a curved bit that fits nicely around the wire) which means it can lie flat, which is a godsend when you're trying to copy a particular alphabet.
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Reixma Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My dad does calligraphy as a hobby. He uses this book ->[link]
Hope that helps!
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Talty Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Thanks I will try to see if I can find it here, it's not available in amazon sadly :(
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Reixma Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh... Well, now you know what you are looking for, that should make things easier!
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Talty Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Yes, thanks! :la:
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Dancerjo666 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
Sadly I do not live by you. I personally believe that Calligraphy is hard to learn from anything but a master. Shaeffer Calligraphy Set: Fountain Pen 3 nibs, ink cartridges guide book, grids is the one I practice with the most. Calligraphy is an art that you must keep doing or else you loose it. I have to practice very often to keep my skills.
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Talty Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much for all your advice, I would also like to learn from a master but it's not a popular art here. I found that set on amazon and it's quite inexpensive, I will try to order it soon! How often would you recommend practicing?
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Dancerjo666 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
At first I would say try maybe once a day at least. As you get the hang of it you do not need as much. Once a week would suffice. Holding the pen at the right angles (15% and 45% and switching up) is the hardest part. Also when you are just starting out Roman lettering is not the best.
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Evazgar Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Caligrafia, suena bien, hasta me dieron ganas de aprender jaja XD espero que encuentres algo bueno ( y ahi nos pasas los tips :D)
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Talty Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Por supuesto, cuando tenga un buen libro que recomendar lo avisaré :D
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Evazgar Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
XDDD
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sunnydyce144 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Calligraphy in what language? English? Arabic? Korean? If its Arabic or korean calligraphy I can personally help you :P
But if your looking for English calligraphy, then try Calligraphy 101 : a workshop in a book by Jeaneen Gauthier.
Its full of images and is written in easy wording :) The ink pens and the ink are going to cost alot ~
Hope this helps :- )
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Talty Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012   Artisan Crafter
English :D I love Arabic calligraphy too, it is so beautiful and charming :heart: At a fair I once got my real name written in beautiful Arabic calligraphy, it was written in a keychain but I never had the heart to use it, it was too beautiful :heart: ah I have to find it~~~

Thanks for the recommendation, it sounds like a good book I'll check if I can find it :D I appreciate the tips!
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ninjazzy Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
Ahhh... What kind? I learned Chinese Calligraphy last semester at University, and the book we used was pretty good :)
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Talty Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Regular calligraphy to write in English or Spanish :P ideally I would like to send letters and then learn how to make fancy lettering.
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ninjazzy Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
Awww I can't help you there! I would like to learn latin-alphabet calligraphy sometime too... there's this mouth-watering video of someone using a fountain pen to write some beautiful calligraphy!

[link]
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Talty Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012   Artisan Crafter
That is beautiful :wow:
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maytel Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
You know what that means, huh? you'll have to send me letters in your beautiful calligraphy.
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Talty Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Really? =3 I would really like that, I need someone to send letters to! I also got some wax and stamping set to seal letters, I'm going old school XD I want to send you letters!!!

Btw I need you to send me your address, I lost it :stupidme: and I have some stuff to send you.
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maytel Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
YES SEND ME ROMANTIC LETTERS!!~
I'll note you :)
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Talty Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Oh yes I will :icondesiremeplz:
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maytel Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
:la:
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
I swear, everything in my life is shouting "GET BACK INTO CALLIGRAPHY" right now. I was pondering finding my old set and having a go, and then my boyfriend's sister-in-law randomly gave me a calligraphy set she never used this weekend, and now your journal.

If I find my old books and remember what was any good I will let you know. Vice versa - I'd be interested to hear if you find anything note-worthy.
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Talty Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012   Artisan Crafter
It is your destiny :evillaugh:

Of course, I will let you know if I find something good! :D do you know what's the brand of calligraphy set? or could you recommend any of those books?
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
The brand is Sheaffer, which is the same as my previous set. This new one has a wider range of ink colours than my previous one, but I seem to remember the book in the previous one being more detailed. I could be remembering wrong as I haven't touched it for well over a secade.
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Talty Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012   Artisan Crafter
:nod: :nod: I will see if I can find a set, thank you for letting me know!
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
My pleasure. I've never had a problem with those pens. Changing the ink can be messy (I figure that comes with the territory, though). I can't say how they compare to other brands, though, cause I've never tried another.
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Talty Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012   Artisan Crafter
I have no problem with messy :giggle: but I appreciate the heads up!
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Lyd2000 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Caligrafia :meow: suena bien ^^
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Talty Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Me emociona mucho :D
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Lyd2000 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Student General Artist
Si tiene que molar =D
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LadyDementia777 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Start with something easy, like uncial. It is an easy way to break into lettering. It's lots of fun, I hope you enjoy it!
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Talty Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012   Artisan Crafter
I would like that, it's a very beautiful calligraphy :) thanks for letting me know it is easy, I will look into it!
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LPeebles Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
First off, do not start with an inkwell and dipping pen. It's a messy nightmare. Start with a fountain pen and ink cartridges. For a book, I would highly recommend Calligraphy and Illumination: Learn the Art of Beautiful Writing by Cari Ferraro. It was a huge help when I began. For paper, I would suggest using Strathmore's Calligraphy. I use the 400 series. I can upload a picture. I currently do not remember the brand of my pens, but the company offers a lovely starting kit that contains different colors of ink, cartridge refills, and different tips. I can send you images of the supplies if you would like, and will let you know when I find my pen brand.
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Talty Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012   Artisan Crafter
*takes notes of everything* great tips!!! That's just what I wanted to know, I really appreciate that you're willing to share your expertise! I will find a fountain pen, I found a cheap dipping pen and I've been using it but it is hard to figure out when it's properly loaded, so I either get too much or too little ink XD but it's amazingly fun!

I would really appreciate it if you could tell me the brand of your pen, I would like to get a good starting kit :) and I will look into the book you mentioned, thank you!
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LPeebles Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
XD I'll try to find it and take pictures. I'll send you a link to the images as soon as I can. :)
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Talty Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Thank you so very much :meow:
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LPeebles Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem!
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Rilavus Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
maybe start with a fountain pen. i dunno, it doesn't need dipping so i think itll be easier
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Talty Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Apparently that's what's recommended for beginners, thank you for the tip :D
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WhenPigsFry Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great idea! I think that would be fun to learn. I had a really cheap set as a kid, it had a book of instructions, but I don't think I ever paid much attention to it. I know it's always fun to get a letter in the mail that was done in calligraphy (yeah, there are a few out there that still use the old postal system)

When my wife was the secretary at our church, one of her jobs was to compile a newsletter each month. One of the leaders of one of the women's circles loved to write her notes for the newsletter with a calligraphy set. She wasn't a master or anything and didn't get too fancy with it, but it was just neat to see.

Keep us updated on what you find and learn!
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Talty Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012   Artisan Crafter
I would like to send letters, receiving and sending mail still excites me so much :D

Wow that sounds fantastic, it must have been interesting to see! I think that calligraphy is interesting even when it's not that fancy, it's beautiful by itself.

Thank you so much, I will! I already received a couple of good tips and book recommendations, in case you're interested :)
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WhenPigsFry Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:excited: Maybe we need a deviantART pen-pal project!
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