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Calligraphy as a Form of Art

Updated: Feb 11, 2022

More than just the pretty looking handwriting; calligraphy is an “art of forming beautiful symbols by hand and arranging them well. It is also a set of skills and techniques for positioning and inscribing words so they show integrity, harmony, some sort of ancestry, rhythm, and creative fire.”


Calligraphy is the closest one can get to hearing music with their eyes and this soothing and mesmerizing art form just calms you down. Here are a few important terms in calligraphy that you as an artist should know:

1. Symbol:

A mark that has a specific agreed-upon meaning in a language, like a letter of the alphabet.

2. Integrity:

Admirable proportions and form. 

3. Harmony: 

Describes a pleasing relationship between different visual elements in a piece of calligraphy: parts of a letter, letters, words.

4. Ancestry:

Refers to the heritage of letter-shapes, materials, and techniques which calligraphers use. 

5. Rhythm: 

Means the calligrapher's deliberate repetition and variation of marks and spaces to create feelings of pattern and emphasis when you look at the work.

6. Creative fire:

The mysterious life and individuality of any piece of art. That’s the part of it which is you.  Calligraphy in Greek means beautiful writing, but there is a distinction between ‘writing as an art form’ and ‘artistic looking handwriting’. Calligraphy is not just artistic looking handwriting, rather it evokes a deeper meaning that connects the artist and the viewer, whereas writing’s sole purpose is to be read.