“Calligraphy is the most intimate, personal, spontaneous form of expression. Like a fingerprint or a voice, it is unique for each person.”
~ Hermann Zapf
Calligraphy is the art of beautiful handwriting — elegant and stylized. The term ‘calligraphy’ is derived from the Greek words kallos (beauty) and graphein (to write). It is an ancient writing technique using flat-edged pens to create artistic lettering using thick and thin lines depending on the direction of the stroke. In this artistic style of writing, one can form beautiful symbols by hand and arrange them well. It’s a set of skills and techniques for positioning and inscribing words.
Also known as fancy penmanship, calligraphy requires highly decorative handwriting. Before the invention of the printing press, calligraphy fonts were used to bring charm and elegance to any handcrafted project. Although Europe had entered the age of printing in the 16th and 17th centuries, calligraphy continued to flourish. Over the years, though this art of fancy writing had been diminishing, it is slowly making a comeback.
Calligraphy is really enjoyable and one should surely consider this as a hobby to spice up one’s life. It can be relaxing, fulfilling and rewarding. Many teenagers like a creative pastime and calligraphy is one of the ideal ways to spend time creatively.
Calligraphy is a great hobby for all those who already have beautiful handwriting and also for those who want to improve their handwriting.