Are you familiar with the fancy, flowing writing used on many announcement cards, wedding invitations and other important documents? This is a specialized form of art combined with writing skills called calligraphy. Most people can learn how to do it with the proper instruction and practice.
The first thing you need to do is collect the correct material. You can't just grab a pencil and a piece of paper and hope to create beautiful and artful writing. Here is a list of what you should gather together. Most of these items can be found in your local art store or office supply store.
Pencils, erasers and a ruler are used to outline or trace what you will fill in with ink later. Once you master the art, you may be able to skip this first step, but as a beginner you will want all of the advantages you can get. The next things you need are paper, pens and ink. You need to use heavier paper than normal paper, usually the heavier the better, and it needs to be acid free. There are different types of pens, but the best ones use a flat tip instead of the more common ballpoint pens found most places. Calligraphy pens have special tips that are used to make smaller or larger lines and the tips are interchangeable depending on your application. The ink needs to be permanent ink and there are specialized inks just for this.
Once you have all of your material, you are ready to get started. There are instructional books and DVDs available or you can find some fancy writing and start trying to copy it. Like most specialized skills, the more you practice the better you will get. Once you have perfected your skills, you can even start hiring your service out.
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