1. Letters & Envelopes
This is the absolute classic and I can’t think of a better application of calligraphy than envelope addressing. It’ll make someone happy before they even open the letter. In some countries like Germany, the mailman will look a bit suspiciously at you, because letters aren’t allowed to be too heavily adorned and colorful, but as long as you keep everything readable you should be fine.
2. Greeting Cards
There are so many occasions on which you can create a greeting or birthday card from scratch, not even with a very complicated layout, and it will leave all the store-bought cards behind and whoever you send it too will keep it in a very special place.
You can either write out originals in small batches, or take your calligraphy and digitize it to have it printed. Calligraphy invitations can look romantic or whimsical, elegant or crazy.
4. Love Letter
This is one of my favourite applications – write a heart-felt letter to your partner, express your feelings in beautifully written calligraphy and make it extra special that way. Especially if you’re a male calligrapher, this is a great project and will earn you many many cookies. :)
5. Artwork to hang on your wall
I still create a lot of self-initiated art projects just for myself, and I find this to be the most satisfying. Personal projects are a great way to try out something new, and I love framing the finished artwork and finding a beautiful spot for it on the wall.
If you’re more the practical type, find places in your home that need labeling, like drawers, tea and spice jars, boxes, folders, etc. It can look lovely with some custom calligraphy on it.
7. Combining calligraphy with other creative pursuits like journaling or scrapbooking
This is actually a thing a lot of you readers write about when you tell me why you got started with calligraphy. I think it’s great to explore different techniques for your daily journaling. I hope you guys know about Frida Kahlo’s diary or Vincent van Goghs letters? While not linked directly to calligraphy, both artists had lovely handwriting and included small sketches and sometimes quite colorful art into their written works. I think these are great inspirations.
Now, the following two points are not for everyone, because they indicate you can or should earn money with your calligraphy. This doesn’t have to be the case for you. Yes, you can go down the route and become a professional calligrapher, but the reason I have put this at the end of this list is that this thought should come after a ton of practicing – I’d say at least a year of intense practice where you see considerable progress on your technique and develop a style. I also advice everyone who wants to take that route to first acquire some decent graphic design knowledge and software skills – you won’t survive without it.
Also, not everyone wants to turn a creative hobby into a business. But I know some of you are interested in this, so here are two popular ideas:
8. Wedding Invitations, event calligraphy or working with stationers
This is the classical route to take for aspiring calligraphers. You’ll likely start with envelope addressing and event calligraphy, and as you get more experienced you will sometimes write or design whole invitation suites. Some stationers are looking for calligraphers to work with on a regular basis.
9. Blog Graphics & Logos
You can work with small business owners and design write blog graphics or brand logos in calligraphy. This is pretty en vogue at the moment, either with real or brush calligraphy.
I hope you’ve liked these ideas or found ideas for a new project, if you find anything you do with your pointed pen knowledge is missing from this list, drop me a line, I’d love to know!
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