Practice Drawing Swirls
Try experimenting with different styles and marks with your calligraphy pen, for example draw some illustrations or patterns around the letters. You can use any pen or paintbrush you wish and you can experiment with different colors or try different mediums or colored inks to set off your work to make it look impressive. A fine nibbed fountain pen can make some great outlines and detailed illustrations around the calligraphy writing.
You can try the drop shadow effects. Having a faint shadow below your letterforms can create a 3D effect. Try any colour you wish. This is a simple but effective technique.
Outlining Letters and Fonts
Another easy but effective technique is to outline your letterforms with another line. Fill in the centre part of the letter with a color of your choice, but leave the gap between the letters and the line blank, and draw the outline with a fine nibbed fountain pen, rotring or rapidograph pen.
Experimenting With Serifs
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You can end serif forms with graceful and impressive curves and swirls to set off your calligraphy work and for it to look elegant and impressive. This is especially true with upper case letterforms, which can look distinctive. With the lower case letters, you can introduce distinguished looking serifs by ending the letters with sweeping, graceful and harmonious pen strokes.
Artistic Ideas with Letters and Typefaces
Experimenting with fluid lines and colors is endless. You can draw letters inside its inner spaces, allowing you to fill it in with color or textures by hand. You can use different types of mediums, such as watercolor, gouache paint, which is similar to watercolor but has an opaque quality. You can try oil painting, pencils, inks, charcoal, pastels even carving letters in stone and wood. The list is endless.
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