The oriental aphorism says that the human beauty lies is the beauty of their writing. In our creative tasks we express ourselves; looking at the world we share our positive experience. Calligraphy is an art that can help us present our words in a unique and outstanding manner, making them not only speak, but act from your behalf. That's why calligraphy turned into some sort of a crossing point between drawing and writing.
When I was a child, I considered calligraphy as something ancient and boring. However, growing up, I became really fond of this thing and even created some fonts for my own projects. But there is one point that I was actually right about in childhood: calligraphy is really old as a time.
Moreover, Western calligraphy emerged out of antique writing formed in the ancient Rome. Earlier forms of calligraphic alphabet appeared in 3-rd millennium B.C. The predecessor of the Latin alphabet was an Etruscan alphabet. Initially used only when writing uppercase letters, lowercase emerged later, during the Carolingian period.
The spread of Christianity gave rise to calligraphy in the West, due to the fact that it was necessary to copy Bible in a large circulation as well as other religious texts. The art of calligraphy reached its prosperity in VII-IX centuries in the Ireland and Scotland, where the monks created illuminated Gospels - masterpieces of medieval art.
Now I'm really amazed by calligraphic writing. Some letters look quite mysterious and out-of-this-world.
These days calligraphy writing is really popular, especially among tattoo maniacs and auto tuning fans. So let's have a look how such lettering is created. In this video you will see how Glen Weisgerber demonstrates single stroke lettering technique. He teaches pinstriping and lettering at the Airbrush Getaway Workshops. If you're interested in learning how to write like that, you can see his other demos on YouTube.
If you're not good at holding your felt-tip pen or a brush like that, you can use some free calligraphy fonts that we've gathered for you. Below you can see their demos and download them one by one, or get a whole pack clicking this link.
As you can see, there are lots of cool calligraphy fonts that were crafted to spice up your web projects. The thing is that lots of people are like me in childhood: they mention calligraphy as an old-school stuff that should be better forgotten. Anyway, I hope that this beautiful free calligraphy fonts collection will change their minds, and will evoke love and respect to this kind of art. Stay tuned, and do not forget to treat this post with your likes and shares!