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Calligraphy: Writing Art for Greeting Cards, Letters, and More

Calligraphy has a distinguished history in China, evolving for more than 2,000 years. The term &lsquo;calligraphy&rsquo; translates to beautiful writing. It is the art of creating elegant lettering or handwriting with a brush or pen. Today, there are three primary types of calligraphy &ndash; Roman or Western; Arabic; and Oriental or Chinese. Calligraphy originated in the Stone Age. While letters still did not exist, images were painted across cave walls as a form of pictorial representation. Egyptians also played a major role in the start of calligraphy with picture drawings during 3600 B.C. They created hieroglyphics that they put inside the tombs of pharaohs or brushed on papyrus paper. In 1000 B.C., Phoenicians created what is believed to be the first writing system or alphabet.</p>

<p>Calligraphy pens should be held in the same manner as an ordinary pen. The angle in which the pen is held depends on the alphabet script being written. This angle will determine the thinness or thickness of strokes. The &lsquo;thin-and thick&rsquo; effect is pleasing to the eye and can create elegant flowing text. A calligraphy nib is typically used, especially in Western styles. Calligraphy nibs consist of a broad, flat end of the calligraphy pen instead of an ordinary rounded point. Rather than rotating the wrist to write the characters, the calligraphy pen should be pulled and pushed from the elbow. When writing calligraphy, the pen should stay at a constant angle, typically 30 to 60 degrees. Lead the nib across the paper under little pressure to prevent blotting. Calligraphers must practice these skills to master the basics of writing calligraphy. Once mastered, the elegant look and feel of calligraphy transcends even the finest typography. The stylish writing can be used on a variety of textures, from stained glass, to linens, to fine paper. Calligraphy continues to flourish, and is especially prevalent in the romantic and formal event space. Brides often set their sights on exquisitely designed wedding announcements and invitations. New parents love to announce the arrival of their bundle of love with elegant letters and cards. Just a touch of calligraphy can transform even the dullest of announcements into a distinguished looking coveted piece of art.