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Just a few tips.........

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  • Started 9 years ago by haroun.hunter
  • Latest reply from Barry
  1. haroun.hunter

    Hello all

    As-Salam Alikum (Peace be upon you)

    Just a few tips that I think would help you if you about to do Arabic Calligraphy or thinking about it.

    Now, these are just tips of my own opinion. Your welcome to add to them.


    1. Have a clean working area. You should remove any thing that can distract you or annoy you while writing.

    2. Have clean & dry hands. This is very important because you don't want to mark your beautiful work or even damage it with dirty hands. Also make sure they are not wet or have oil on them.

    3. Have good lights, so that you can see your work well & deal with shadows of your hands. (I personally use 2 lights, one on each side)

    4. Have all of your equipment ready at your desk/ work area.

    5. Don't do calligraphy when you are in a bad mood because it will reflect in your work. It is good to do calligraphy during the quiet times in you day or week.

    These are just a few tips of mine. Hopefuly they will help you.


    Posted 9 years ago #
  2. JoshBerer

    All excellent points!
    I'll add a few technical points:

    -always have a tissue handy to wipe the pens clean when you're done, you'll get a lot more life from your pens if you don't allow ink to dry on them.
    -always use the likka and never let it get too saturated with ink.
    -If you screw up a letter, leave it. The more times you touch a letter trying to correct it, the worse it gets, in my experience.
    -don't give up when your work is hideous at the beginning. You really need to put in some hours to get over the hump to where your work actually looks ok. It can be incredibly frustrating, but when it finally does look too, it is so rewarding.
    Good luck to all!

    Posted 9 years ago #
  3. ilm.calli

    All good points.

    In my experience so far, practice is critical. Do not lose heart if you do not do well on a day.

    It is extremely important to observe the works of the masters. Kalemguzeli.org is an excellent website. Also look at youtube videos of mohammad ozcay, sabah erbili, khurshid gohar qalam (tons of videos of this fabulous pakistani calligrapher), aziz qassim of bahrain. Observe the way they hold the pen and shape the words.

    There is so much work produced over centuries. Observing and copying the work will significantly improve the skills.

    And you need to be crazy about this art! There is nothing like this in the world.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  4. ash

    i need help...i m very much interested in arabic calligraphy and i want to learn it....where can i get the qalam and how to make the ink....please suggest

    Posted 8 years ago #
  5. Barry

    What tips would you suggest for making it easier to do long vertical and horizontal lines? I tend to move the hand toward the end or the lines go skewed so I was wondering if any of you had tips to improve making them solidly horizontal and vertical?

    Posted 8 years ago #
  6. ekvernen
    Key Master

    Practice is the main way to keep your hands steady as you write. Sorry, that's not an easy tip!

    Posted 8 years ago #
  7. Barry

    Yarrrr... I see myself with hours of doing straight lines! Incidentally this isn't Arabic calligraphy, but I'm doing but my own script with a similar calligraphic style so I find tips here to be useful for my own work (Josh Berer has seen some of it). But agh... long straight lines or sweeping ones without bumps is so difficult. The road is long!

    Posted 8 years ago #

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