My love for calligraphy isn't something new. Though I just started practicing it a while back and that's probably the best thing I've ever done as in case of creative works.
To be honest, I'm a basic hand writing person, by basic I mean really basic. Like, I get along with it. But calligraphy is a lot more fancy than any casual handwriting. When I made an attempt for it, I didn't have any idea how it was going to be. It could be fun or an absolute fail. But it turned out to be a mixture of both, only getting better with practice and time. Haha!
It's simple as any hobby. Just like you can self-train yourself for painting or singing, it goes the same way. I know a lot of people who want to start calligraphy but never actually start it.
To make a start, you need to know what styles suit you best. I have always loved stretched + san serif fonts so I picked my favorites and scribbled them down on paper. One word at a time.
Once you get the hold of each letter in your favorite script, you can keep adding new styles of your own and make your own patterns. Like I do. I stretch the middle letters in a word to make it look good.
At first, I recommend using a pen or pencil. A normal one. On any kind of paper or sheet. Try using a blank white sheet because it gives freedom or creativity (I just made this up) . Once your lettering is set, you can now switch to ink and brush. Grab a ink pot of any kind and thinnest brush you can easy handle to draw letters.
I am not a pro calligrapher of any sort. I just love doing it so I wanted to share it with anyone who may start it or want to start it. I plan to make it a pro-thing one day, hopefully. I will also be starting digital calligraphy, only waiting for my graphic tablet to arrive (wooo!!!!)
It only takes a lot of practice and patience to get better in calligraphy or even in anything. You need to be calm and completely optimistic for the output of your effort. I am SO glad I started something I wasn't sure of actually being able to do. If you're stuck somewhere between "should I do it?" or "I can't do that" , then do it for once. It may not turn out exactly what you concluded but it will be something.
Do you like calligraphy? What could be your hidden talent?