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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Calligraphy lessons with Bortoletti

Knowing calligraphy terms

Here we are again with our calligraphy tips.
As you know already, to become good calligraphers, the secret is (or rather are) to know your calligraphy instruments, to know the basic rules, and to gain lots of practice and passion for this ancient art!
To understand the next calligraphy lessons, before getting down to the practical aspects we think it’s important to create a short calligraphy glossary for you.
You will always have these calligraphic terms to hand, so if you forget anything, just reach for this article again.
Don’t underestimate the importance of the technical vocabulary. It may make all the difference to your work’s success.
So here’s your very own list of the main calligraphy terms:

Writing is the action of visually laying down thoughts using graphic markings.
Calligraphy is the art of creating characters in a clear and elegant manner.
Characters are marks made according to specific rules which, depending on the given letter shapes, are given different names.
The alphabet is the set of letters of a given language, arranged in a conventional manner.
The waist line is the distance of the two parallel horizontal lines from the base line that determines the height of the middle letters.
The ascender and descender lines are straight lines that are perfect full and are separated into “ascenders” (which rise above the waist line) and “descenders” (which go below the base line).
The calligraphic degree is the unit of measurement chosen to assign proportion to the letters of a writing, and corresponds to the greater thickness of a line drawn with a nib.

Have you understood all these calligraphy terms?
If so, you’re now ready for the next calligraphy lesson from the Bortoletti Team!

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