Calligraphy is a very practical skill that can be used in many occasions and has many uses; here are 7 easy calligraphy projects that beginners can undertake to put their calligraphy skills to good use!
1. Writing your favourite poem
This is one of my favourite poems written by Persian poet Rumi, expressed in simple Italic calligraphy in 10 minutes.
Writing your favourite poem in calligraphy a beautiful experience because you see words flourish and come to life with every stroke of your pen...
- Take note of the arrangement of lines of the poem, do not break lines just as you wish; do it appropriately. For example, it is currently written as "Oh soul, / You worry too much" instead of "Oh soul, you / Worry too much".
2. Placards for names
Writing names on placards is a really easy project that any beginner can take on and make someone feel special (Just imagine arriving at a friend's for dinner and seeing a personalized placard, hand-written in beautiful calligraphy just as you arrive at your seat at the dinner table. How special and appreciated you'd feel as a guest!)
You can do this for dinners where you've invited guests, meetings with clients, and other occasions where you can use a placard. Best thing is: this can be easily done in just a couple of minutes!
- There must be a nice balance between empty space and space taken up by the calligraphy. So if the placard is large, write the name larger than you would for a small placard.
- Use flourishes as visual embellishments.
3. Pen Certificates
(Here's a certificate I penned for the students after they completed our Italic calligraphy course)
Although penning a certificate might be one of the more challenging projects in this list, it is very rewarding. This is one of the more difficult ones because you have to vary the size of your calligraphy, keep the lines straight and use a paper that's of a better quality and thicker than just good quality photocopy paper (you can try Strathmore 400 Series Paper)
- Plan the layout of your certificate in paper first
- Use rules and guides to make sure that the lines are all parallel to each other
- Centre the text in your certificate - in most cases, it is the most visually appealing justification
4. Make Birthday cards
Another really simple project any beginner can take on and make someone feel special.
You can exercise your creativity, add small artworks and you can create an impressive cover with minimal effort.
- There are no hard and fast rules governing the arrangement of calligraphy on birthday cards - use your eyes. And so, doing birthday cards can be really fun because you get to experiment with different designs and arrangements.
- Always use a pencil to draft your design before putting ink to paper.
4. Create personal art pieces
It's really satisfying to create something as a keepsake for yourself, and also as a tangible reminder of your own calligraphy / artistic achievement.
I've created a few of my own, and you can have fun with how your calligraphy looks - varying word size, texture, "character" of the alphabets etcetera.
The one on top was one of the first few calligraphy art pieces I've ever done, just some 30 days after having started learning calligraphy!
You can also write your favourite quotes and have them framed up on your wall or placed in a stand, displayed on your desk.
- Dare to experiment, and have fun doing so!
- Try to keep the lines of calligraphy equidistant from each other.
- Use different graphic elements, it doesn't always have to be plain calligraphy when you are creating personal art pieces!
5. Addressing Envelopes
Write a letter to Mr. Stephens down the street or drop one to your long lost pen-pal.. while addressing the envelope using beautiful calligraphy!
Nothing looks classier than an envelope personally addressed in calligraphy.
Add a little bit of flourish to your words and mesmerize your addressee even before he/she has opened the envelope.
- You will have to get envelopes which are made of paper that isn't too thin or too absorbent. Most cheap envelopes won't be able to keep the ink that you use for calligraphy sharp and crisp, and will cause bleeding (i.e. ink to feather).
- Keep the lines equidistant from each other. This keeps a sense of proportion within the envelope.
- Just try not to make your letter too alluring.. For all you know a mesmerized postman may just keep a letter or two for himself! 😛 (Just kidding!)
6. Writing a full letter in calligraphy
Now... this is going to be tedious but it's gonna be a hell of letter once it has been completed!
Just imagine how delighted your friend would be, receiving a letter fully written in calligraphy by you!
It's going to take quite some time but if you do have some time to spare it's an endeavor worth trying out.
- Use calligraphy guide lines because somewhere along the line you will start slanting upwards.
- Be patient!
Now.. get your tools out and get started on these easy calligraphy projects that every beginner can accomplish!