Last weekend I taught Calligraphy for the first time at a workshop with the Barrhead Art club. I never would have thought to have this opportunity. I am so thankful to the group for allowing me to do so. I thoroughly enjoy meeting other artists willing to learn a new skill.
I am realising that teaching is a very rewarding experience. I am always delighted to watch the lessons taught, unfold into skills learned. Some of these ladies weren't sure how to even hold the pen properly, and with patience and perseverance, they are able to produce a finished piece of calligraphic art work! I LOVE it!! There letters start to take careful shape and truly look beautiful.
Look at this! A table full of practise work. Ink jars open, pencils in hand, rulers out to make guide lines.
We started with some basic practice strokes.
Tried some letters.
Put those letters into words. Learning letter spacing is so important.
We moved on to writing out full quotes.
And learned how to easily plan your layout for a final piece of art.
* Sit up with both feet on the floor.
* Relax and try not to stress. Your pen will be easier to maneuver.
* Always keep your nib at the correct angle. For the Italic font which is what we used this time, it is 45 degrees.
* Keep your ink to the right of you (if you're a righty) so you don't drip on your work.
* Guide lines are your best friends. Your work will look 'polished' if you use them, and refrain from trying to 'wing-it' .
I just purchased a sparkley pink ink while preparing for this event. I look forward to using it soon for an invitation I'm designing. Have you purchased any ink lately? or better yet, what font do you prefer? I hope there are some other calligraphers out there.
If you are interested in a calligraphy workshop, and are in the Barrhead area, just comment below. I am considering another workshop here at the studio for the aspiring calligrapher like you.