Difficulty - 3/5
Duration - 5/5 (As long as you like, really)
So, you're bored. Uni's over, all your friends are away home, you've caught up on Season 3 of Orange is the New Black on Netflix and so there's nothing left to watch. Why not try a hand at calligraphy? Hell, you probably already know how to read and write so half the battle's done for you.
|If you can't, please get the person reading this to you to hurry up with teaching you to do it yourself.|
|I had watched quite a bit of Black Books that day.|
Right. You've got some kit; now for the writing. Get yourself a book that goes through how to construct each letter in a script nice and thoroughly. I've been using The Art of Calligraphy and it's great; super concise, easy to understand, and totally not available as a PDF for free...ahem.
Start with a script that you both like the look of and is nice and simple to begin with, but be sure to double check what kind of pen is best for each text. Then, practise.
|Lots of it.|
|I was hungry this time...and apparently thinking of ice climbing.|
|My train of thought when writing words will be studied for millennia to come.|
The last challenge you can go for is trying to write longer or larger scale works and new and interesting fonts.
My first super big endeavour is writing The Higwayman by Alfred Noyes for a special lady friend's birthday in Fraktur, with the fancy big capitals in the boxes and everything. I even did the good old dipping paper in cold tea trick to make it cool and old-looky.
The bottom line of it all is relax, enjoy yourself and mess around. Writing is something we all do every day, and it's nice to step away from the standard of typed text and hark back to the days of pen and ink for a while. It'll shine a new light on something you've never really stopped to think about before.
|Some Mervyn Peake in Chancery Italic.|
|"Oh my, would you look at all these papers haphazardly strewn over my desk in an aesthetically pleasing fashion..."|