What is calligraphy?
There are two main types of calligraphy: traditional and modern. Traditional calligraphy is the script you may recognize from historic documents, or graduation certificates and marriage licenses. Traditional calligraphy follows sets of strict rules: script to be precisely drawn in the boundaries of line heights, lengths, and with specific strokes. Modern calligraphy however, follows no rules! It is truly an art-form. Although there are techniques, you’ll find that they are all unique and different from artist to artist-- and it’s meant to be that way! Just as traditional calligraphy is appreciated for its structure and form, modern calligraphy is appreciated for its style outside the lines (literally!).
How did you learn calligraphy?
I learned calligraphy on my own through simple practice & lots of “trial and error.” For years I didn’t even realize that what I was “doodling” was slowly starting to improve and blossom into a marketable service. Although I’ve never used books or practice sheets, now that I have more experience, I wish that I did take advantage of the resources! And that is the main reason I now offer workshops-- so that you may have a chance to learn more & faster than I did!
How long does it take to create a piece of calligraphy art?
This depends on the medium (art surface), preparation, how many words need to be scripted, and the supplies needed. For example, digital designs could take less time (depending on intricacy of the design) because everything I need (the medium, supplies, tools) are all included in my technology, and it can be delivered to you electronically. However, a tangible item, such as a home decor sign, could take longer depending on the preparation, planning, and scripting on delicate surfaces. Timing also heavily depends on the current order demand and workload. If you need a sign in a short timeline, just ask and I will let you know if I can do it!
How long have you been teaching calligraphy?
I hosted my first Modern Calligraphy Workshop in January, 2020. There’s definitely more to come!
What type of pens do you use?
It depends on the project and medium (surface) I am scripting on, but on paper I almost always use Tombow USA pens. For small, classy script I like to use their black Feudenosuke pens. For a wider, watercolor-like script I use their dual brush pens. Remember that you can “do calligraphy” with any pen! I’ve also used ballpoint pens, sharpies, or anything I can get my hands on in a pinch. Your talent does not depend on the tools, but your effort & perseverance in sticking to it.
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