Calligraphy is an ancient art that developed in Eastern Asian countries and in Rome around 600 BC.
This beautiful and expressive form of writing is disciplined, and it uses a structured method of combining lines to create alphabet characters and fine art work.
Use calligraphy to create beautiful invitations, sign documents or any time you want to add custom, elegant writing to your work.
With a little practice, anyone can master the use of a calligraphy pen, and there are books, videos and instructions to learn this fascinating art at home.
You don’t need a lot to get started with calligraphy, and there’s lots of kits and supplies to fit anyone’s budget. Take a look at some of the supplies available. You don’t need them all, but it’s fun to get an idea of what folks are using.
Sheaffer Calligraphy Maxi Kit
This Sheaffer Calligraphy Maxi Kit (ASIN:B000MFHVM8) has everything a student needs to learn the art of calligraphy. With an instruction booklet, three pens, 14 ink cartridges and an assortment of nibs, this box has all the ingredients for making your cards and invitations something special.
Fine, medium and broad nibs are interchangeable, so you don’t need to clean the pen as you change color or stroke size. Cartridge pens are easy to use and are portable to take anywhere.
Natural Parchment Paper (ASIN: B000UATQEG)
After you have practiced your calligraphy skills and are ready to create your first masterpiece, plain old bond paper just won’t fill the bill. You need a substantial paper with a hint of texture and color.
Desktop Publishing Supplies, Inc provides a wonderful, reasonably priced paper that looks and feels like old world parchment paper. The paper comes in standard, 8-1/2 x 11 inch sheets and is 24-pound bond weight. The package of 50 sheets is just the right amount for the average user and comes in a soft, natural off-white.
Speedball Calligraphy No-1/2 Artists Project Set
This Speedball Calligraphy Pen (ASIN: B001QWUHF4) and nib set is perfect for calligraphy, cartooning, lettering, sketching, poster making and mapping. It’s an inexpensive way to try your hand at calligraphy without a large investment.
The kit contains two holders and nine pen nibs. The sizes include c0, c2, c4, b1, b3, b5, 102, 56 and 513ef, so you have a complete range of widths. Add some ink and paper, and you’ll be ready to start creating unique, hand-embellished cards and invitations.
Speedball Calligraphy Ink Palette Kit
With Speedball’s Calligraphy Ink Palette (ASIN: B000BYTZVU) and your favorite pen set, you’re sure to turn out colorful, eye-catching cards and invitations for your next event with style and panache.
This plastic palette comes with 10 vibrant and waterproof colors that include Green, Brown, Gold, Teal, Silver, Purple, Red, Blue, Black and White. The glass jars are 12 ml and the ink is non-toxic and acid free, archival quality.
Sooner than you think, the holidays are approaching. Be prepared, and start practicing today. Those holiday greeting cards will take on a special, personalized meaning when you’ve signed and addressed them with elegant and memorable calligraphy.