Caligraphy pens, Derman collection, Istanbul

Calligraphy (from Greek κάλλος kallos "beautiful" + γραφή graphẽ "writing") is a type of visual art. It is often called the art of fancy lettering (Mediavilla 1996: 17). A contemporary definition of calligraphic practice is "the art of giving form to signs in an expressive, harmonious and skillful manner" (Mediavilla 1996: 18). The story of writing is one of aesthetic evolution framed within the technical skills, transmission speed(s) and material limitations of a person, time and place (Diringer 1968: 441). A style of writing is described as a script, hand or alphabet (Fraser and Kwiatkowski 2006; Johnston 1909: Plate 6).
Modern calligraphy ranges from functional hand-lettered inscriptions and designs to fine-art pieces where the abstract expression of the handwritten mark may or may not compromise the legibility of the letters (Mediavilla 1996). Classical calligraphy differs from typography and non-classical hand-lettering, though a calligrapher may create all of these; characters are historically disciplined yet fluid and spontaneous, at the moment of writing (Pott 2006 and 2005; Zapf 2007 and 2006).
Calligraphy continues to flourish in the forms of wedding and event invitations, font design/typography, original hand-lettered logo design, religious art, announcements/graphic design/commissioned calligraphic art, cut stone inscriptions and memorial documents. It is also used for props and moving images for film and television, testimonials, birth and death certificates, maps, and other works involving writing (see for example Letter Arts Review; Propfe 2005; Geddes and Dion 2004). Some of the finest works of modern calligraphy are charters and letters patent issued by monarchs and officers of state in various countries....
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How to Make Indigo Ink

You have to be a bit of a chemist to make indigo ink from scratch. The traditional foundation for vintage writing inks was nut gall. The oak tree produces oak apple gall. Many think that oak apples are a fruit the oak tree produces, but it's actually a malformed leaf due to a gall wasp infestation. First prepare the nut gall base or juice and then add indigo....
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CreativeRoots - Art and design inspiration from around the world

CreativeRoots is an impressive art and design blog based on countries of the world, with each post being influenced by its countries, culture and history. Art and design from around the world comes in many shapes and sizes; from graphic design to photography and architecture. But what distinguishes nations from each other?

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Indian Folk Designs


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Hand Embroidery

Tips, Tricks & Great Resources for Hand Embroidery

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