Introduction to Asemic Writing

by Admin on December 21, 2013

Most people consider asemic writing to be a type of art. It involves lines that appear to form different words. However, these words are without any specific meaning. Sometimes, shapes of words or letters may suggest particular meanings, but every interpretation of the text is equally valid. This is because the words won’t directly relate to meanings interpreted by different readers.

Many academics and scholars consider asemic text to be a form of visual or art poetry. It is not considered to be a writing form for practical communication. Asemic text or writing involves many different philosophies and styles. The resulting art or visual medium is usually individual.

What asemic writing looks like?

Asemic Writing ExampleAs mentioned earlier, asemic writing can easily take many different forms. However, its basic characteristic or trait has always been its resemblance to conventional writing. But some distinctions include its abandonment of syntax, semantics and communication. Asemic text offers meaning to writing by way of aesthetic intuition.

It does not lead to any kind of verbal expression. Most of the time, asemic text appears similar to abstract calligraphy. It may even resemble certain drawings and try to avoid words. However, when asemic text has words, they may be damaged beyond the point of interpretation and legibility.

Regardless of the complexities related to asemic text, it can be an enjoyable experience to read and interpret it. Even when it is unreadable, it can look very attractive to the naked eye. In simple words, asemic writing does not need words to perfectly relate to words, music and colors. An author or reader’s original language will not matter. Basically, asemic text explains that not every emotion can be expressed with words. Thus, asemic text is simply an attempt to fill this void.

People Producing Asemic Writing

Most of the people producing asemic text consider themselves to be artists. Technically, they are referred to as writers or authors. According to some studies, most people produce asemic writing in one form or another at some point in their lives.

However, not every piece of such writing is artistic. In fact, most of the time, a person may write without any specific semantic goals while testing a pen, doodling or even learning to write. The perception of asemic text as an art completely depends on the visual presentation and context. It also depends on the intentions of the writer.

Styles of Asemic Text

Asemic text can be produced in many different styles. In fact, all the work produced by a particular artist may vary over a period of time. While some people let the writing flow naturally from the mind, others design the writing deliberately. The action of writing asemic text is viewed as something pleasurable on the part of a writer. It is a basic artistic process through which you learn and enhance your abilities.

These are some of the most important reasons why people create this type of art. Asemic writing varies a lot on the basis of personal interpretations. These interpretations depend on the personal experience of creating a product and the finished product itself. The experience of creating a product through asemic writing can never be directly transmitted to viewers.

Interpreting Asemic Text

Interpretations of asemic text depend on the basis of individual personalities and perceptions. They may be inspired by the words, shapes and overall product. Although some asemic texts can express emotion to some extent, you can never specifically interpret something that can be proven as a definite interpretation. Moreover, your interpretation will never be correct on an emotional level. However, asemic writing that includes pictograms can have narrower meanings than abstract text.

While most of the asemic writings are presented as two-dimensional static images in either online or print form, there are also some other effective ways in which this art can be represented. In most cases, asemic text is incorporated into large projects like works of art or books.

One of the most interesting ways to present asemic writing is in the act of producing it. This way, the writing becomes a part of the art. This helps in highlighting the relationship between the text and author. In addition to this, it plays a crucial role in developing the physical process of writing involved in the production of this art.

There isn’t a great number of books related to asemic writing. The book to the left, The Giant’S Fence, is just one of few available. Take a look and decide yourself whether you love it or not. Thanks for reading, till next time.

 

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Top Tips on How to Use a Calligraphy Pen

by Admin on November 24, 2013

Hello, my dear readers. It has been quite a time since the last post on this blog. I’m sorry for not staying in touch with you. Let’s continue our discussion focused on the art of calligraphy.

Calligraphy is well known art of writing which has been round for decades now. It has been a part of many cultures all over the globe. Calligraphers are not necessarily artists or writers. They are also hobbyists who appreciate the art of writing in such style. Though calligraphy is not rocket science, it is also not all that easy. You need to know how to utilize a calligraphy pen efficiently in order to get the desired results. Read on to find out a few tips on how to use a calligraphy pen.

Choosing the right pen

Choosing the right calligraphy pen is the first step in learning to effectively write in calligraphy. For beginners, the best option is a disposable felt tip calligraphy pen. These pens are easy to use and the ink is pre-filled in the pen. All you need to do is open the cap and use it. As you start advancing from the beginner’s level to a more advanced one, you can opt for fountain calligraphy pens. You can change the ink cartridges and nibs of these pens. Steel nibs can be the best option for projects that require detailed work and permanent ink.

You can take a look at this page for a great choice of calligraphy pens. Pay attention to user reviews as it is a great source of ideas, pros and cons for you to consider when choosing a calligraphy pen that suits your needs.

Shape The Pen To Fit Your Grip

If you’ve opted for a fountain or steel nib pen, you may need to shape it using a whetstone to ensure it fits your grip. The position of the pen when you hold it is very important in calligraphy. It is best to hold the pen so that it has a 45 degree inclination. The indication of the angle can be observed when you draw a line and it remains slanted. The pen should also be inclined towards the shoulder you’re using to write with.

Practice using the pen by drawing lines

Just as practice is needed to perfect anything, the same applies for using a calligraphy pen. Te best way to practice is by drawing vertical and horizontal lines. Your movements should be fluid with every stroke. After each stroke it is important to lift the pen off the paper. Also use the pen in both directions with the pen leaning both left and right. If you get bored of drawing lines, practice drawing curves and circles too.

Knowing the anatomy of a calligraphy pen

You should also be aware of which part of the pen creates what impressions. For example, the flat part of the nib can be used to create thick lines while the thin part of the nib is used to draw thinner lines. Don’t twist your hand to use the different parts of the pen. Just shift the direction of your hand. Your pen and entire hand should always remain steady in calligraphy writing.

Relax and write

While writing in calligraphy, it is important that you use your entire arm and your shoulder’s should be relaxed. Also use your entire wrist, elbows and writs so that you make a flowing motion so that the ink flow is smooth. An important factor of calligraphy is that each letter should be precise and smooth. Even a small hesitancy while writing can lead to inkblots.

Additional tips on how to use a calligraphy pen

  1. To regulate the flow of ink, it is important that the angle you position your pen at is the same the whole time.
  2. Ensure that the ink comes out consistently stroke. While some lines may be thinner than the others, just make sure than no blots of ink leak from the pen.
  3. Buy copies of sample calligraphy letters and style guides and keep them in front of you while practicing. Also make a mental note of the direction your hand moves while writing.
  4. If you’re using an inkwell, remember to dip just the tip on the nib in the inkwell. Even small quantities of ink last for writing many words. If you over-dip the pen, there are chances of the ink leaking and spilling over on the paper.
  5. Lastly, it is extremely crucial that you clean the nib of your pen before keeping it away after use. You can so do by rinsing it with water and drying it immediately. If you don’t dry it, it may begin to rust over time.

Calligraphy has become a lucrative hobby with time. Calligraphers are high on demand for displaying their skills on documents and other art work. It may need some practice at first but soon you can use your calligraphy skills for advanced applications.

If you’ve found yourself interested, the book Learn Calligraphy: The Complete Book of Lettering and Design
is one of the great sources to get you started. This book contains a section on advantages and disadvantages of various calligraphy pen types and teaches you how to use a calligraphy pen effectively.

 

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The last we have discussed two prerequisite steps to start learning calligraphy. This time let’s focus on the calligraphy writing surface which is an important element for proper calligraphy training. Properly prepared and set up calligraphy board will make you more comfortable and your drawn lines will become more accurate and smooth. Of course, you can do without it if you are on a tight budget or cannot invest some time into making one, but in the long run you will want to have it for achieving better looking results.

Ideally, you would need a padded surface set up at 45 degree angle. Slightly padding a drawing board will help the pen to “bite” into the paper. Making the surface angled is ideal for lettering and will help you to avoid back and shoulder pain that come from leaning over your work.

Padding your calligraphy board

Padding your board is an easy DIY task. You can make the board from thin plywood (1/8 in or 3mm will do) or Masonite. You can go as large as you want, but 20 x 14 inches (or 50 x 35 cm) probably will be sufficient for most of your projects. Having the plywood ready, follow these simple steps to make your own padded board:

  • Cover your piece of plywood with several padding sheets. Newspaper or magazine sheets will do (as long as they are soft and smooth) depending on the size you go for. Two to three sheets of blotting or cotton print-making paper, or eight to ten sheets of newspapers wild provide enough cushioning for our purpose. Trim these sheets about 1 inch (2.5 cm) smaller than the board on all sides.
  • Cut a clean sheet of smooth paper to the same size and use it to cover the padding sheets and then use masking tape to secure the edges. Using removable artist’s tape makes it possible to replace the cover sheet later.
  • Guard sheet protect your work from any inks or oils on your hand. Cut it out from a hard stock or other sturdy paper the same width and half the height as your padded area and attach it to the board with tape.

You will be writing just above the guard sheet, moving your paper up as you continue writing. This way your hand will always stay at the center of the board; it will rest on the guard sheet protecting your work from any inks you could get on your hands. Attach you work with just one or two pieces of artist’s tape to your board, since you will need to move it easily as you write.

Positioning your writing surface

As I already mentioned, having your calligraphy board at 45 degree angle is the perfect choice for lettering and correct posture with no back and shoulder pain. However, before investing into one, try propping up a flat drawing board with books on a table. Or try resting the bottom of the board in your lap with the middle of the board propped against the edge of the table.

If you find it comfortable and decide to go for a slanted board, you have few options here. Making one yourself is possible if you are good with hand tools and have proper supplies. However, for most of us, visiting a local arts store or buying a board online would be a better choice. It is solely up to you which way you decide to go. A drafting table with the top set up at 45 degree angle will also work, but I believe this is not the greatest choice as you will need to put your supplies somewhere else. Having a tabletop version of slanted drawing board with calligraphy supplies positioned to the left and right of it look much more convenient. Take a look at two excellent options below to get started.

 School Specialty Advantage Adjustable Writing Slant Board

 School Specialty Advantage Adjustable Writing Slant Board

This lightweight board is 12 x 12 inches (30.5 x 30.5 cm) in size, folds flat for storage, is made from sturdy aluminum. Angle is adjustable from 20 to 40 degrees. Features a clip at the top to hold your work securely.

 Martin Portable Art Studio Drawing Sketch Board

 Martin Portable Art Studio Drawing Sketch Board

This lightweight board comes in two sizes, 20 x 26 inches and 16 x 21 inches. Be careful, the smaller version does not have adjustable height which can be somewhat limiting. The larger one has adjustable height and two clips to hold your paper securely. Both versions feature comfortable handle to carry the board with you.

I hope that by following these instructions you make yourself a simple yet wonderful calligraphy writing board. Thanks for reading. Till next time, friends.

 

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The First 2 Steps to Learn Calligraphy

by Admin on April 28, 2013

The last time we took a look at the most common and versatile calligraphy alphabet types. I believe that by now you already have decided for yourself, whether you would like to learn calligraphy or not. If you do, please read on, since this article focuses on some basics essential for starters. We are not talking about mastery yet, we are just starting out way towards calligraphy excellence.

Start to learn calligraphy with these basic steps

So, before you start learning to write calligraphic letters and sentences, there are few basic steps that need to be accomplished:

  • Gather your tools and supplies. Although calligraphy does not require significant investments into tools and supplies, you still need to decide on what exactly you will use for creating your beautifully crafted letters.
  • Get comfortable with your working place, try out your tools and learn to do basic strokes with them.

Gathering calligraphy tools and supplies

Calligraphy Writing ToolsThere are few items that are needed for starting to learn calligraphy. Don’t go fancy at first, as this will distract you from the main goal. Remember that it is not as much about tools as it is about skill. The more skills you acquire with your basic tools, the more other tools you can try in order to explore various sides of your creativity. So the basic tools are:

  • Writing instruments. Most commonly used instruments include calligraphy fountain pens (do not confuse them with the regular fountain pens used for writing), dipping pens (traditionally used by calligraphers), markers (care must be taken when choosing markers for calligraphy, I’ll explain that later), quills and reed pens, and brushes. I would suggest going for dipping pens at first, as they are both traditional and cheap.
  • Inks and paints. The most common is calligraphy ink used for dipping pens or calligraphy fountain pens, followed with india ink, acrylic inks, sumi and Chinese stick inks, fountain pen inks, metallic pigments and inks, artist colors, calligraphy gouache, tube watercolors, and acrylic paint. Try getting simple calligraphy ink for dipping pens, nothing fancier is needed to get started.
  • Paper. The choice of paper is quite vast these days, but inexpensive thicker notebook paper will do for practicing calligraphy. Then there is a special paper for ink, Bristol, parchment and vellum, printmaking and watercolor paper, commercial paper and other types of art paper.
  • Art supplies. The most common supplies you might need are T-square, a ruler, pencils, erasers, a utility knife, scissors, craft glue, drafting tape, paper towels, and a tabletop or drawing board. Many of these items can either be found in the household , or are not that expensive anyways.

Getting comfortable with work station and tools

Calligraphy Work StationBeing able to get the most out of your tools is the secret to mastering calligraphy. Each tool requires its own slightly different set of skills. The main goal here is to stop tools getting in the way of your creativity and turn them into trusted and convenient friends of yours. To do so, you need to take care of the following:

  • Prepare the writing surface. It is important to have slightly padded surface beneath your writing paper – it helps the pen to “bite” into the paper. A simple drawing board can be made from a piece of plywood, but it’s a subject for another article.
  • Set up your workstation. It’s convenient to put your tools and supplies the same way every time you do calligraphy. An important aspect is the source of light, as well as maintaining proper posture and having a drawing surface ideally at 45 degree angle. Again, this subject deserves an entire article.
  • Try out your pens. It would be nice to have at least a dipping pen, calligraphy fountain pen and calligraphy marker to get an idea which one you like the most. If it’s just a dip pen you have, don’t worry, and just focus on holding your pen properly. You may try other tools later.
  • Learn the basic strokes with the tools of your choice. There are about two dozens of basic strokes that make up most calligraphy letterforms. Their shapes and angles may wary depending on your personal style and the kind of calligraphy alphabet being used. Continue writing them repeatedly before proceeding to learning specific calligraphy alphabet letterforms.

This concludes the introduction to the basics of how to start to learn calligraphy. Most of the topics mentioned above will be uncovered in greater details in later posts. Stay with me for more information on learning and mastering calligraphy writing. Till next time, friends.

 

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Popular Calligraphy Alphabet Types

by Admin on March 24, 2013

Calligraphy writing is not just about patience and accuracy. Let’s continue our discussion with something as much important. Being able to write beautiful and accurate strokes and shapes nonetheless could lead to a messy and barely readable text. That’s because all letters within a portion of text should follow a general pattern, so they don’t fight but rather supplement each other. That’s where calligraphy alphabet or style comes into play. The alphabet is historically established set of rules, forms and shapes that makes all letters within a word, sentence, paragraph or entire text look great together. Let’s move on discussion of some most popular alphabet styles used in calligraphy.

Basic calligraphy alphabet: Italic

Italic AlphabetThe first alphabet that a lot of people are willing to learn is Italic. Italic one amongst the most popular, the most versatile, and the most useful alphabet which you can learn. Italic alphabet often is also called Chancery or Chancery Cursive. It originated in Italy during the Italian Renaissance and used at all levels of society – from official documents to personal correspondence. Leonardo da Vinci used a variation of the Italic alphabet.

Blackletter alphabet

Blackletter Calligraphy AlphabetBlackletter alphabet name originates from this alphabet’s dense, dark appearance, particularly when you see entire page covered with these letters. Blackletter sometimes is also called Gothic, because it originated in the Gothic or Medieval era when monks and scribes used it for copying church documents. Nowadays Blackletter is used mainly in headings on certificates and diplomas. Many newspapers use versions of this alphabet in their headings.

Blackletter has wonderful visual appeal, it looks really wealthy official. One of the popular versions of this style is called Old Englsh. What surprises regarding this difficult-looking style is how amazingly easy it is to learn. The lower case letters are all produced from just seven basic strokes, and of those seven strokes, four are used in only some of the letters. That results in just three basic strokes that are used in a variety of combinations to produce the majority of the letters. However, it cannot be lettered as speedily as some other alphabets like Italic. It is also not always easy to read.

Roman alphabet

Roman Calligraphy AlphabetIt’s called in this way due to the fact that the ancient Romans actually invented it, why it is considered the oldest known calligraphy alphabet. Nowadays the Roman alphabet can be seen just about everywhere. The majority of the Western alphabets, typefaces, and fonts that we employ are based on these letters. The Roman alphabet is convenient to read, and it symbolizes classical elegance in its finest form. It combines well along with other styles and is particularly suitable for titles.
Getting the hang of the Roman alphabet entails studying both the formation of the letters and the pen angle. It is far from simple to do, in fact it challenges your skills as a calligrapher; because of the simplicity of the letters the flaws or mistakes stand out and can be easily noticed.

Manuscript alphabet

Manuscript Calligraphy AlphabetIt is recognized by a number of different names, such as Manuscript, Bookhand and Foundational Hand. It’s a variation of the Roman alphabet. Due to the fact it looks less formal than classical Roman alphabet and is less difficult to do, it has far more practical applications. It was initially used for lettering manuscripts and books, and with time transformed into many of the font types we see in books these days.

This alphabet has been a favored as a starters alphabet with many calligraphy teachers. It’s amongst the easiest styles to learn. The letters are consistent in structure and the strokes are incredibly natural. The Manuscript alphabet demands no extraordinary manipulation of the pen. Despite this fact, its value really should not be underrated. It is very beautiful and convenient style that should not be unappreciated.

Uncial alphabet

Uncial Calligraphy AlphabetThe Uncial alphabet is likewise one of the easiest and most favorite alphabets nowadays, favorite for a lot of students. It is looking amazing and has a rich historical past. It exhibits the variety of gorgeous strokes that can be produced using the broad-edge pen. This alphabet is quite forgiving in relation to mistakes in letter sizes and shapes. They can be not quite accurate but nevertheless look good. All that is needed is to have the strokes steady and smooth. All the letters are wide and fat, additionally there are no lowercase letters – they all are capitals.

This concludes our overview of the most useful calligraphy alphabet types. It is up to you to choose one them and start practicing your calligraphy writing right away. I wish you good luck in practice, stay with me for further updates.

 

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The Art of Calligraphy Writing

February 7, 2013

Hi folks! I’ve created this web site to help men and women willing to develop or improve their calligraphy writing skills. Calligraphy – from the Greek word for “beautiful writing” – is lovely to look at and a joy to create. Even in today’s world beautifully written words have a special place. It has a [...]

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