Learn to write calligraphy
Learn to write calligraphy:
The angle in which you position your calligraphy edged nib pen determines the letter form produced. Before making a mark with your pen, you must first know and understand the angle position(s) of your alphabet. Each calligraphy alphabet has its own writing angle. The angle must be constantly held at the correct angle position to achieve the thick and thin lines produced.
Angles used in calligraphy range from 0 degrees to 90 degrees. To get an accurate angle measurement you should use a protractor to mark out the angles. Practice making marks with your calligraphy pen on the angles you made using your protractor. From the base line guide your nib up, down, horizontal, vertical, or diagonally, across your page to understand what the different pen angles produce. Nibs come in different sizes and widths. The size of the nib in relation to the pens angle determines the thickness of the marks produced.
Use a protractor to measure your pen angles:
Alphabets and their pen angles:Here is a list of some alphabets and what pen angle is used to produce them:
Bellow are examples of how to measure your pen angles accurately:
- Uncial: pen angle 20 degrees
- Half Uncial: pen angle 0 degrees
- Carolingian: pen angle 30 degrees
- Rotunda Minuscule: pen angle 30 degrees
- Sharpened Italic: 45 degrees
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