Everyone has to start from somewhere, one day or the other. If you are just beginning to learn calligraphy in Singapore, Congratulations! You’ve already taken a step forward to drastically enhance the quality of your life by sinking into the creative world of Singapore calligraphy.
As we are some of the old guys in the world of Singapore calligraphy, we’d like to share some of our million dollar pieces of advice that would not only make the process of you learning calligraphy in Singapore faster but also ensuring that you make best out of your experience of learning calligraphy and become able to use the knowledge in practical situations including making handsome money.
1. be careful about choosing calligraphy pen:
The calligraphy pen you choose makes a huge impact on the kind of art you can produce. Even the most expert calligraphy artists can make poorest of artwork if calligraphy pen is not right. If you have zero experience with Singapore calligraphy, make some research about the best available calligraphy pens in Singapore and only buy the ones that are recommended. Buying a random bottle of ink and using any nib would never make you a good Singapore calligraphy artist. It’s also a great idea to gather details about what calligraphy pen and ink your favorite calligraphy artist are using. We, for instance, use the following:
Chinese Calligraphy Pen Black Thin Marker (Italian Ink)
2. Don’t give up:
When you start as a beginner, it’s possible to feel that learning Singapore calligraphy is impossible to learn. If you feel so, don’t get discouraged & definitely don’t give up! It is difficult for nearly everyone when they first pick up a caligraphy pen holder. You are writing with a tool that feels & works completely different than a ball-point pen. It will feel more comfortable the more you practice.
As you continue practicing, keep the earlier papers so you can see your improvement over time – this will help encourage you to keep it up when you seen how far you’ve come!
3 Avoid the temptation of jumping straight into words!
We get it, you just got your hands on the pen & ink that will let you create the thick and thin lines of your dreams and you want to get going on penning your name, your bestie’s name, your pup…you name it, calligraphy for all! But wait! You are forgetting the fundamental step of developing consistency in your letters so that they actually look like an alphabet that belong together instead of simply a collection of mismatched letters that all have thick and thin lines. You can get the consistency by sticking to basics and focusing on the key components of your letters that will make them consistent with one another to form an alphabet. Instead of writing out the alphabet every night, try working on letters that have similar letter forms so that they look like they belong together.
4.Don’t compare yourself to everyone else you see online:
You never know the full story behind another artist’s talent. Maybe she has been practicing for years even though she only recently started sharing her work online. Maybe she has experience in lettering and that has translated over to her journey in pointed-pen calligraphy lending to a shorter learning curve. Perhaps she was recently laid off and has full days to dedicate to developing her art or maybe she’s working two jobs but is so intent on getting better that she stays up until 1am practicing calligraphy. We simply don’t know what’s going on “behind the scenes” for anyone else and there’s no need for comparison. Everyone has their own style to develop and its best to be proud about it!
For being a Singapore calligraphy connoisseur, Key is to use right calligraphy pen and equipments, keep on practicing, don’t hurry and don’t compare.
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