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By Trish Meyer | Monday, September 14, 2015

Try Your Hand at Calligraphy! Start with These Pens

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As a typoholic with a vast type library, I always thought I could find the perfect font for every job. But so often when designing a motion-graphics opening for a video client, I found the title required a more personal touch than even the most charming “handwriting” font.

So I decided to learn calligraphy.

Calligraphy is “continuous writing” with little to no touching up, and it ranges from very formal to very expressive. Depending on which calligraphic script (also known as style or hand) you want to write, you’ll need either an edged pen or a pointed pen.

Here’s a Just-Enough-to-Be-Dangerous Guide to traditional calligraphy pens. I’ve included a pair of videos so you can see how these tools work, along with a link to a Resources page if you’d like to do further research.

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