A Christmas Story…
Hello my dear readers and let me say a late “Merry Christmas” to those who have not read my wishes in the previous article. I hope Santa brought you everything you wanted and that you all spent a great holiday with your loved ones.
Since I mentioned that in this blog I will share not only my home but also bits and parts of me with you, I want today to do the same. So, I decided to write this article and tell you about one of the best Christmas presents that I have received so far. It was, of course, brought by Santa but I heard that he got a little help from my beloved boyfriend. Therefore, allow me first of all to thank them for one of the most thoughtful and lovely gifts that I have ever received.
As many of you may have guessed by this point, I received a calligraphy starter set. I had wished for one for a long time but never got around to actually buying it. And now that I have it, be prepared to read more articles on the subject. Because I’m just getting started.
An introduction to Calligraphy…
For those of you who are not familiar with this concept, Calligraphy is the visual art of or related to writing. Not to confuse it with Typography, which is “the art and technique of arranging type to make written language legible, readable and appealing when displayed”. For those interested in the latter, I will leave a link towards its Wikipedia page for more information.
So, Calligraphy is the result of executing and designing lettering with certain instruments, specific to the craft. Another trait of this art and something that we could say differentiates it from Typography, would be that the result of the lettering may or may not be always readable. This is a sacrifice worth if we consider the result as more beautiful words.
And now that we’ve got the definition pretty much covered, I’d like to tell you a bit about how I got to love this art form. But I am going to tell you the short version in order not to bore the hell out of you.
I’m not 100% sure, but I believe that my love for handwriting began in high school. It was during that period that I started slowly changing my handwriting. And I did so to adapt it to fonts that I’d see online or in books. So I started changing letter by letter and by the time I had graduated, I had completely changed my writing. It had gone from the simple and basic cursive that we all learn when we are little to more like a Sans Serif type. But after a while I wanted to go on. And even though the amount of time I spent hand writing was reducing by the year, I still wanted to write better.
Therefore, I started focusing more on fonts and typography for a while, since I typed more than I wrote. And this is how I got into liking fonts. I started reading more about them, noticing the differences between the different types and even having preferences. But no matter how much I got into fonts, I always enjoy writing something down on a piece of paper. I guess it’s because I focus more on the writing and getting it all down rather than editing. As a side note, I also recommend for anyone who has had trouble writing anything. The blank page of a word processor is, to me, much more cruel than the blank page of a notebook. If you have trouble writing a paper, article, or maybe story, try and write in a notebook and you may achieve the impossible.
A look at my present…
So now that I’ve told you how I discovered Calligraphy and got my love for it, I want to show you the actual present that I received.
First up, we have a gorgeous Calligraphy Wooden Box Set from Winsor and Newton. This set contains 1 nib reservoir, 5 calligraphy nibs, 1 wooden dip pen and 8 different colored drawing inks. Along with these you will also receive a calligraphy instructional leaflet to give you a simple head start. I absolutely love the products and the box itself and think of it as a great set to pick out.
Next, I also received a wonderful beginner instructional book for learning Calligraphy. The title is Learn Calligraphy, the complete book of Lettering and Design by Margaret Shepherd. This book is a wonderful gift for beginners. It has complete information about calligraphy, types of lettering, etc. But also instructions on everything you need to know to properly start this craft.
So now, I would like to end this article by again, thanking my significant other for this wonderful gift. He was the inspiration for this article as he is for everything else I do. I hope to be back soon with updates on my progress. And, maybe, with a new feature in which I show you a bit of my Calligraphy work. I bid you farewell for now and a Happy New Year to come!
Today’s featured image comes from Alvaro Serrano via Unsplash.