It's been a couple of months since I have talked about anything to do with my calligraphy learning experience here on the blog. I have been occasionally dabbling in it since the beginning of the year, and I'm realizing that just as it is with any other hobby, it's important and actually pretty crucial to "find your own style."
A lot of the literature and how-to's addressing calligraphy are very stuffy. What I mean by stuffy is, they basically say, "you must do it this way and only this way or it's not considered calligraphy." The practice of calligraphy is extremely old, so of course there are going to be some specifics as far as hand positioning and stroke angles go. And, as I have been learning the basics I have been following them pretty religiously. However, as I am becoming more comfortable with the concepts, I feel more and more okay with slightly adjusting things in order to add my own personal touch.
On top of using the pens, I have also been giving the Calligraphy markers a try. I don't think I like them as good as the pens, but they do have their advantages. I still have issues with the ink flow of the pens stopping mid-stroke, and you don't have to worry about that with the markers. Still, they dry out fairly quickly and the overall look just isn't as nice as the actual ink from the pens.
Overall, I really enjoy it, and I look forward to further improvement and eventually creating some things to potentially put in an Etsy store. I have some ideas that I can't wait to try! I will leave you all with some pictures that I took during my latest calligraphy fest. Happy Thursday!