Literally, calligraphy means “writing that is beautiful.” It is an art form of writing in a therapeutic way. It is a kind of writing that forces you to slow down. It needs you to take time to look for small details to raise handwriting to a higher level of appreciation. Besides being therapeutic, calligraphic writing can be used to make award certificates and scrapbooks. It is also used to make invitations, signs, posters, charts, labels, greeting cards, and anything that uses elegantly penned letters. Writing or tracing calligraphy letters can be a way to discover your new talents and abilities. Know the trace and copy method to picking up calligraphy. This is a time-tested method that is simple and powerful, and that is used to teach young children. Learn its guidelines below:
- Acquire the proper posture. Make sure you sit in a position that you have control and precision as possible. Be comfortable in your position with both feet on the floor and with body slightly leaning forward over your work. Tilt your desktop to position your paper straight up and down and not falling to the side.
- Photocopy the pages to trace. It is best that you have a book for your practice. But don’t just write directly on the practice pages. Photocopy the pages or put a paper over them for you to trace so that you’ll have a neat master copy that you can reproduce as many as you want. That way, you can practice everyday until you become comfortable with calligraphy writing.
- Trace more than copy. During your practice page, don’t be tempted to just do copying as most people usually do. Make sure that you don’t ignore the tracing. Yes, copying is more fun and you find tracing boring and pointless. But tracing is extremely important and more effective in learning calligraphy because you’ll be able to do the practice page as if someone is correcting and guiding you to do it the right way.
- Practice what the exercise tells you to do. Follow the instructions. In your practice page, whatever the exercise needs, you’ll need to follow. So for example, if the exercise demands alternates between tracing and copying, do exactly what the exercise tells you to do. If it requires you to do it alternately, do it alternately and not all the tracing then all the copying. The book for your practice page is purposely designed to maximize your practice and to build your skills in calligraphy. If you really want to learn then follow everything the exercises in the book tells you to do.
- Follow the guidelines in writing. Be sure when you draw the letters, they are not inside the guides rather they must touch the guides. This will make your letters straight and even.
- Maintain a positive attitude. Keep in mind that learning calligraphy is like embarking upon an exiting journey - an adventure of a life time. Believe in your heart that through calligraphy, you can gain more personal satisfaction and can receive many opportunities more than anything else you will do in your life. Always maintain a positive mind set and you’ll receive all of these rewards in no time.