How to Master the Art of Calligraphy

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Calligraphy expert Joanne Wasserman lists the equipment needed to hone your calligraphy skills.

    Joanne Wasserman: Hi! I am Joanne Wasserman and I have a company named Wasserman Design. I am a calligrapher and an artist and today and I am going teach you how to write as a calligrapher, a particular script called Chancery Cursive. It is a wonderful script that was born in the Renaissance in Italy around the 15th century, late 14th century and the alphabet letters were modeled after 9th-10th century, Carolingian letter forms.

    We are going to learn this script today and there are only a few materials that you need to write. Beginning with the paper, this is a layout bond paper. This happens to be a Bristol Paper and this is the company where I bought it. But you could use a light weight layout or bond paper that is acceptable to pen and ink because they are our tools. We need a bucket of water, I have a little bowl of water, a bottle of ink and I am using Higgins Eternal Ink and all of these supplies you can get at your local art supply store.

    This is what the bottle looks like, it is very fluid. You need a pen and this is the pen with a pen holder together. These are some examples of pens that we call the nibs and this a pen holder which is what we put the pen into, so that we have a full writing instrument and you need a pencil, an eraser and a T-square and that's all.

    To give you a little idea about myself, I have an art studio business called Wasserman Design that I began in 1979 here in Washington DC. I create works of art -- original works of painting, calligraphy and drawing. So, let us get started with the next step which is the ruling of the page.