Calligraphy is an intricate art form, which, if done in the right way gives you the amazing satisfactory look that no other art related to letters could give you. Not everyone is so professional and does not get the chance to start learning it from childhood.
At first what everyone does is write their name or initials again and again. This is a very good exercise to kick start your art form while staying interested. At first, you always try hard to make your own name look good. This is what makes you stick to your learning. However, after that, you start writing other things, first words and then sentences and everything. However, to make this journey of yours a little easier, here are the 3 golden tips to feel welcomed in the world of modern calligraphy.
1. Know the parts of nib
You should know your tool thoroughly. There are a few distinctive parts that make up your nib or your pen. Before starting to make the strokes, you must know that you are dealing with something. The tools that you will be using are the nib and the pen holder. Now, there is a variety of tons of these two. But of course for beginners you can choose a basic holder i.e. oblique or straight and for a nib, the basic one is fine.
2. Know how to hold the pen
The most important thing that could make or break your calligraphy is how you are holding the pen. You just can’t take the pen and start making strokes with it. There is a special way to hold it.
The holding position affects your letterforms. To draw optimal lines, you need to hold the pen at an angle of 45 degrees. Also make sure that the nib is purely leading your lines. It might be a little hard to adjust in the start but you will get used to it.
3. Know how to make the strokes
This is when you need to consider the setting of your note. Are you focusing on the word or the individual parts? In modern calligraphy as a beginner, you need to focus on the first. Letters are made from different strokes so you need to practice them first to become proficient.
Here are 30 fine examples of modern calligraphy. You can take inspiration or copy them for your practice.