When we think of all the words we have available to us to read every day now, from letters on our computer screens, to books and magazines, it’s hard to believe that once everything was written by hand. Even the cursive handwriting with a fountain pen that I learned at school seems so old-fashioned now, with things I now need to write more often or not being scrawled down with a biro.
In Roman times, letters were carved into stone, then using a metal stylus on a wax tablet, then using pen onto bark. The books of the Bible, and all the Latin and Greek texts, were passed down to us in handwritten form.
William Morris studied the medieval manuscripts towards the end of the eleventh century, and realised that the letter forms were not made with a pointed pen, but by a pen with a broad edge – and his studies marked the start of a revival of calligraphy which has recently been taken to new heights with the trends of modern calligraphy and hand lettering.
I’ve wanted to try my hand at calligraphy for ages, so I was excited to hear from Manuscript Pen Company about their first World Calligraphy Day, which takes place on 16th August 2017.
Manuscript Pen Company has been in the forefront of pen nib manufacturing and design in the UK since 1856, and are hosting World Calligraphy Day to celebrate the art of calligraphy and lettering. They are hosting an event at the Birmingham Pen Museum on 16th August where you can learn about the history of the trade, create your own steel pen nib and try out different workshops on different writing styles.
You can find out more details about the event here..
Manuscript Pen Company kindly sent me a selection of their products to try out, and I couldn’t wait to have a go.
The Modern Calligraphy set contains three different pointed nibs, a turquoise pen holder and a bottle of black ink, and the all important instructions to get started.
I also tried out the amazing double tipped markers, for creative lettering and colouring.
I started off my downloading a template from their website to practice with – as you can see, I was a bit wobbly to start with, but we all have to start somewhere and it was such a relaxing activity to try! I’m looking forward to practicing some more, I think it would be lovely to make my own greetings cards using creative lettering. Or even writing entire letters on lovely stationery and sealing with a traditional wax seal! It felt a bit strange to go back to using a biro afterwards!
To help celebrate World Calligraphy Day, I’d also love to give a Beginners Calligraphy Set from Manuscript away to one of my readers.
The Beginner’s Calligraphy Set features Manuscript’s Dodec style pen with different combinations of nib widths fine, medium and 2B.
The set is ideal for the beginner as it contains just the right combination of nib widths for mastering the foundations of Calligraphy scripts.
To enter, simply use the rafflecopter below. The competition ends at midnight on Sunday 20th August and is open to UK residents only. Good Luck!
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