Crafting Trends: Creative lettering and Calligraphy
In an increasingly digital world, there’s something really special about the art of hand lettering that keeps calligraphy and creative typography very much alive and kicking. It provides a simple yet beautiful way to add flair to card fronts, scrapbooks, gift tags and so many other projects, as well as being an artistic endeavor in its own right.
Requiring a steady hand and plenty of focus, calligraphy forces us to slow down in a fast-paced world, and can be as therapeutic and relaxing as it is creative.
We have a wide range of calligraphy essentials on the website, including brush pens, inks, papers, manuscript pens and more. This Project Pad from Kelly Creates is a fantastic investment for any crafter keen to create their own typographic art. Perfect for displaying your lettering skills, it contains not only white papers, but also kraft pages and black pages, giving you plenty of scope to produce different styles. This super smooth specialist paper has been designed to keep your brush lettering pens damage-free, and to help you achieve a professional-looking finish every time.
If you’re completely new to the art of hand lettering, we’ve two fantastic kits that have been put together to make starting your calligraphy journey easy. The Deluxe Pen Set from Kelly Creates is packed with pens and tools, plus a pamphlet full of tips on getting started. The included canvas roll enables you to keep your kit neat, tidy and protected at all times – plus allows for creativity on the move! Alternatively, this Hand Lettering Starter Set from Faber-Castell is another fantastic find for beginners, and also includes a handy booklet filled with advice and techniques, as well as high quality tools.
If you read our earlier post on 2018’s hottest craft trends, then you’ll know that using colour creatively is at the forefront of the crafting world this year! So you’ll be pleased to hear that calligraphy is by no means limited to black ink on white paper. Far from it, in fact!
Check out these beautiful pens from Kelly Creates. Dual-tipped pens enable you to create both thick strokes as well as fine lines, and they’re available in an array of colours designed to make every project pop! You’ll even find metallic brush pens that will add stunning effects on both black and white paper, and every shade in between.
Calligraphy Tip 1: Remember that each individual stroke is key. Writing is no longer simply about stringing words together, but you must consider each stroke of every letter. The visual is just as important as the message! Try warming up before you begin to write, by creating a page of simple lines and curves. Perfecting these is the key to creating stunning lettering!
Calligraphy Tip 2: Look after your pens. We know that bad workmen blame their tools… but when it comes to calligraphy, your tools could make or break you! The nib of your pen is crucial in defining how each line or curve is formed, so do not allow the nibs to get squashed or splayed through inappropriate use. Try to keep your pen at 45 degrees as you work, and press only as hard as is required to produce your mark.
Calligraphy Tip 3: Use the right paper. Lower quality papers can cause bleeding of ink, which is the last thing you want when you’ve put your heart and soul into a project. Look for heavyweight, super smooth paper to prevent any damage to your pens, and acid-free and archival papers for optimum longevity. Since we’re talking about paper, remember too to always have a scrap sheet of paper next to you whilst you work, for practising strokes, clearing excess ink, etc. It’ll save you spoiling your masterpiece!