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This should only take a week or so. THANKS

Posted, June 14, 2004

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Welcome SCRIBES. This website has been on the net for years. It's had thousands of visitors. The dream of every webmaster. There's a wealth of information here. AND, the links create a chain of information that stretches around the world.

Many people have helped to make this website a success. I want to thank Cynthia from CYNSCRIBE.COM (link in right col), Jim Bennett, the Calligraphy WebRing (below), and everyone who has written or linked to this site.

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Just Coffee Art is a beautiful website about two artists who create using 'coffee' and you'll enjoy the visit.

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Calligraphy has been around forever. Calligraphy is the use of pens, quills, nibs, tools, chalk, paint, and more. Calligraphy allows you to create beautiful works of art, with a minimum of investment. Money is no object. The opportunity for profit is great. Cash can be made selling your work. Free lessons are available here as are links to calligraphy and font sites.

Fonts can be added to your computer. Fonts allow you to create great looking letters in WORD or for use in your paint programs. You can use fonts on your web pages, as above or to enhance your writings.

Calligraphy offers you an opportunity to have fun, earn extra spending money, and learn a skill that transports to the world with grace and beauty. Free or nearly free information is readily available on the internet. I will provide many links later in this website.

Your ability is dictated by your practice. As with any endeavor, there is an apprenticeship, the "sweeping the floors" period, if you might. This is the time when you make lines, light curves, diamonds, and squiggles, over and over and over.

This is one area where practice really does make perfect. Actually, perfection in calligraphy is an illusion. There is always another style to learn, another project to tackle.

You can amaze your friends with just a few dollars worth of supplies. Don't go out and buy any expensive calligraphy equipment until you have finished the first few lessons here. You may find either that you have no interest in lettering, you lack the dedication to achieve a level of quality acceptable to you, or that, FRANKLY, you just can't seem to get the knack of it.

You can start with a few felt tips and get a feel for lettering. These are available at Wal-Mart for a couple of bucks.

Calligraphy is the art of beautiful or elegant handwriting as exhibited by the correct formation of characters, the ordering of the various parts, and harmony of proportions.

Calligraphy offers a wide range of aesthetic possibilities. In the Islamic world, calligraphy has traditionally been held in high regard, and in cultures using Chinese or Chinese-influenced writing, in which individual characters themselves can be aesthetic objects, calligraphy is revered as highly as painting.

Greek writing: Early Greek forms of handwriting (up to about the 8th century AD) are chiefly of two functional types: the sort of writing used to copy books and that used for documents or letters. The book hands (traditionally, although often inaccurately, called uncials are generally the more stylized and are usually written in clear, distinct capital letters. The documentary styles are much more various, reflecting the kinds of texts (private letters, official documents, etc.) for which they were used and the diverse nature of those who used them. They are also characterized as "cursive," having a rounded, flowing quality that comes with writing speedily.

The period of the Byzantine Empire produced several major developments in Greek handwriting, among them the invention of minuscules (lowercase letters). From the 12th to the 15th century, Greek handwriting showed a mixture of styles: the formal, rather stereotyped hand used in liturgical writings and the more personal, occasionally mannered hands used in personal and scholarly writings. Both were to be major influences in the development of printing type styles during the Renaissance.

Latin writing: From its first appearance in the 1st century AD until the 4th century, Roman writing showed two forms: rustic capitals, so called only in comparison to the monumental lettering of Roman stone inscriptions, which served as the book hand; and cursive capitals, which were the business hand. Rustic capitals gave way to uncials and similar book hands, while cursive writing for documents led to the development of minuscule letter forms. Under Charlemagnes rule in the 8th and 9th centuries, and more specifically under the leadership of the English cleric Alcuin, abbot of St. Martin's at Tours, several important scripts were developed, notably the Carolingian minuscule.

The humanist literary movement of the 14th to 16th centuries produced two scripts that influenced all subsequent handwriting and printing: the so-called roman and italic styles.

For 200 to 300 years after the invention of printing, European calligraphy was increasingly distinguished by bold and frequently extravagant ornamentation; manuscripts were written as much to show off a hand as to impart information. A revival of more traditional forms occurred in the late 19th century and carried into the 20th.

Calligraphy writing as an art: The term derives from the Greek words for "good" or "beautiful" and for "writing" or "drawing" and refers to what masters called the art of fair writing. It implies a sure knowledge of the correct form of letters--i.e., the conventional signs by which language can be communicated--and the skill to inscribe them with such ordering of the various parts and harmony of proportions that the cultivated, knowing eye will recognize the compositions as a work of art. In East Asia, calligraphy by long and exacting tradition is considered a major art, equal to painting. In Western culture the simpler Greek and Latin-derived alphabets and the spread of literacy tend to make handwriting theoretically "everybody's art," although in a few instances, especially since the Renaissance, it has either aspired to or attained the status of calligraphy.

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