Have you ever thought that a letter or an alphabet that you learnt in your school days would enjoy the esteem of a grand painting on your wall? It is a letter that communicates with you in a much deeper manner than you think. It provokes you to be more creative and energetic. It’s nothing but a calligraphy painting!!!
Every alphabet has its own design value; calligraphers put it in a different frame through his creative lence.
When it comes to painting and depicting beyond just a meaning of a word or letter; letters and symbols are combined. Say for example mashallah calligraphy painting. Here the word “allah” has been written in so many beautiful ways that every time you see at painting you can feel the depth of emotion that drives you towards “allah”.
Another example of such painting is the syllable “Om’s” painting. Om has many meanings and auspicious feelings attached to it. It has been proved that chanting Om in appropriate methods and repetitions enhances positive impact on mind and body. For many the syllable has the connotation of Lord Ganesha. Therefore Om paintings have enjoyed significant admiration in calligraphy painting.
Let us understand more from the point of view of calligrapher all over the world.
Types of Calligraphy
In a broader sense there are three types of calligraphic styles or we can say scripts are broadly divided in these 3 categories
Eastern, Western and Arabic.
Calligraphy art is developed from the ancient era when there were no-printing methods available. Rather those were the days when hand lettering enjoyed its utmost value because then people used to write every single word to preserve the document.
To write the matter aesthetically beautiful artists had practiced hand lettering with perfection and patients for many many years and developed several styles.
Like any other classical art form this process has been evolved from generation to generation.
Even today It’s been easily observed that many old churches and mosques have preserved beautiful calligraphy art engraved on stones. Churches and mosques have Roman and Arebic calligraphy respectively. Artists used to engrave letters on stones and later the stones were used to build/ decorate those churches or mosques.
Arabic calligraphy is the artistic practice of handwriting and calligraphy based on the Arabic alphabet. It is known in Arabic as khatt, derived from the word ‘line’, ‘design’, or ‘construction’. Kufic is the oldest form of the Arabic script.
From an artistic point of view, Arabic calligraphy has been known and appreciated for its diversity and great potential for development. In fact, it has been linked in the Arabic civilization to various fields such as religion, art, architecture, education and craftsmanship, which in return have played an important role in its advancement.
As we all know in most of the Western countries Roman Script or ENGLISH language is used very commonly. Therefore Hundreds of styles had been developed by the calligraphers and typographers. “Gothic” is an example of one of the most famous and elegant forms of calligraphy style.
Later it got converted into a font. But one can notice a visible difference in calligraphic word and word which is typed in Gothic font.
Chinese Calligraphy Painting
Chinese calligraphy, the stylized artistic writing of Chinese characters, the written form of Chinese that unites the languages (many mutually unintelligible) spoken in China. Because calligraphy is considered supreme among the visual arts in China, it sets the standard by which Chinese painting is judged. Indeed, the two arts are closely related.
Marathi Calligraphy Painting
Marathi syllables have been adopted from Devanagari script.
Here are some example
Let us come to the actual doing part of it – Advance Level and Calligraphy Painting
Advance level always challenges your skills, your thinking and your comfort zone. So even calligraphy painting is no exception to this.
Every alphabet or a thoughtful stroke has its own value, weightage, rhythm and balance in the painting. It defines its own space on that particular canvas. The artist always tries to catch that abstract version of a painting on his/her mind. Mere Beautification can not limit the artist’s process of thinking and bringing those thoughts on the canvas. The experience is always beyond words.
It’s just impossible to express it in words and still you fall in love with words and those alphabets again and again. That’s the beauty of painting, there lies the inspiration. It is the same as “reading between the lines”. When you can talk with that “blank space” you automatically find yourself at an advanced level of your friendship with letters.
Calligraphy Painting Techniques
The shape, size, stretch, and type of hair in the brush, the color and density of the ink, as well as the absorptive speed and surface texture of the paper are the main physical parameters influencing the final result. The calligrapher also influences the result by the quantity of ink/water he lets the brush take up, then by the pressure, inclination, and direction he gives to the brush, producing thinner or bolder strokes, and smooth or toothed borders. Eventually, the speed, acceleration and deceleration of the writer’s moves and turns, and the stroke order give “spirit” to the characters by influencing greatly their final shape.
The “spirit” is referred to yi in Chinese calligraphy. Yi means “intention or idea” in Chinese. The more practice a calligrapher has, his or her technique will transfer from youyi (intentionally making a piece of work) to wuyi (creating art with unintentional moves). Wuyi is considered as a higher stage for calligraphers, which require the calligrapher to have perfect control over the brush and wrist and follow his or her heart.
Calligraphy Painting Quotes
To start with you can write your favorite quotes in calligraphy. Do not expect perfection at initial days. You have to take decisions at every stroke you make. Rather this process happens so fast that before you know what you were thinking; it’s already there on the canvas. And slowly as your hand eye and brain coordinates powerfully with each other you become better and better at every attempt (that’s how calligraphy helps to achieve mindfulness, I will come to that part letter on my blog)
As I said, customized quotes can be written in calligraphy. These quotes can be the inspiring thoughts for an individual or they can be the some important wordings of the company like their vision and mission statements. Calligraphy painting on canvas is really a great option for such requirements.
Calligraphy Paintings as a Personalized Gift
Calligraphy paintings are highly expressive art forms. It conveys the message deeply and hence it is very effective when it comes to personalized gifts.
On my website, you can see some examples of these personalized calligraphy paintings / gifts. It also includes simple calligraphy quotes or names of my near and dear ones.
You can choose any quote you like, send it to me and I will calligraphy it. Get them printed on various things like canvas, cloths, mug, paper, T Shirt etc.
If you are an individual, you can buy the calligraphy painting as a personalized gift for your family members, friends and relatives. If you are representing a company, you can provide personalized gifts to your employees on their birthdays or for any important annual function of the company. I will help you to create a unique design with a calligraphic message. As a company you can also provide gift frames with personalized calligraphic messages to your premium customers or other companies with which your company has a good relation and business.