Calligraphy has an relaxing effect
To me it feels like meditation.
It can be very calming to sit down with a pot of tea, your favorite music, your nibs and ink, and just fill pages and pages with letters.
The personal connection to the materials and the haptic effect is very fulfilling. Also, repetition can actually be calming to the nerves. When you practice, you don’t have to achieve something particular, you’re just there in the moment, and that’s good how it is. I found that to be very soothing when I started out.
The possibilities are almost endless
After discovering and mastering the basic techniques, you may find experimenting with new tools very fun and gratifying. There are a lot of possibilities to explore with calligraphic equipment, from obscure nibs and historic inks to exquisite papers and unusual writing surfaces like chalkboard – all of that is possible with calligraphy.
You see instant results
Unlike many other things you can make, writing a word doesn’t take very much time. You’ll get the instant gratification of having produced something with your hands. Knitting or woodworking are absolutely wonderful crafts, but they can take a lot of time. Writing down a word in calligraphy, even one with great flourishes, can be done in 15 seconds if you want.
Sure, you’ll have to practice to get stunning results, but this will happen sooner than you think, as the practice is actually fun.
Handwriting has become rare
We live in a world where handmade crafts disappear more and more, and people long for handmade things that require a lot of skill and attention. Calligraphy is often described as a “lost art”. Writing in script isn’t even being taught in a lot of schools anymore – and this raises the question if we should still embrace and keep alive such skills as beautiful handwriting when there are computers, mobile phones and speech to text apps everywhere around us.
I think we absolutely should, and whenever I get feedback from others I feel confirmed – people absolutely love calligraphy and they’re impressed that someone takes the time to actually make something. Something handwritten in which they invested time, and thought, and effort.
Your handwritten greeting cards, invitations or menus will look stunning
I’ve only ever gotten positive remarks when I’ve sent out beautifully handcrafted cards or calligraphed envelopes. Apart from the fact that people appreciate it if you spend time for them, a calligraphed card is like a little artwork in itself that makes the occasion even more special.
You can create whole invitation suites with calligraphy – for just about every occasion: save the dates, thank you cards, invitation cards, place cards, menus, signs, the cards for your next summer party…if you’re really dedicated you can even design a whole wedding invitation in calligraphy.
Calligraphy is not very expensive to learn
Calligraphy is easy to get started. You can get all the necessary supplies for under $20. I wouldn’t recommend pre-made kits, as you can often get them in art supply stores or online, and rather assemble your own kit with high quality materials. If you want to know how to assemble such a starter kit, I’ve written an article about which supplies you should add to such a calligraphy starter kit.
Further down the road you’ll probably fall prey to the “ooh-new-supplies syndrome”, but to get started you absolutely don’t have to spend a lot of money.
There are surely many more reasons to learn calligraphy, but the most important one for me remains: I enjoy to do it so much, it’s so much fun, it makes me happy when I do it. So give it a try, it might do the same for you.