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Calligraphy – How hard can it be?

Published May 17, 2016, by Stina Axelson

The whole concept of Calligraphy started off when I posted a picture of the book “Creative Lettering and beyond”. It really got our community going and suddenly everyone wanted to know about the book so we decided to meet up and give it a try.

Calligraphy or hand lettering is the art of beautiful writing. During the meetup, we worked together to give ourselves an introduction to modern calligraphy by learning from traditional pointed pen calligraphy such as Copperplate and Spencerian. We focused on “pointed-pen nib” calligraphy, where thick and thin lines are created by adjusting the pressure you put on the nib as you write, rather than the direction and angle you hold the pen. Our aim of the session was to learn about tools, the structure of creating letters, holding the pen and basic strokes. 




My initial thought to Calligraphy was “How hard can it be?”. Just get a book and give it a try, right? Well, the answer to that is, very hard! We spend 2 hours just figuring out how to hold the pen. For me “learning by doing” is part of the exercise. To do the research and just test it out. What do you prefer? Learning by doing or getting everything served up by a teacher?

I think you are familiar with Calligraphy, but if you are not, we have gathered some great inspo on pinterest for you to check out.

All the best, Stina

Stina Axelson

Stina Axelson

Always making and creating and fun to hang out with. She finds it hard to follow instructions and keeps a box of treasured papers.