Calligraphy Markers

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Calligraphy is the art of decorative handwriting or handwritten lettering. Many professional calligraphers use either pen tips or brushes with ink. Calligraphy markers are also available as a form of brush calligraphy, containing ink in their barrels and different tip shapes and sizes to transfer the ink onto paper. The markers are cutting-edge writing implements used for a meaningful art form that can be a serious hobby or a professional pursuit.

Calligraphy Markers Have a Wide Range of Applications
Many events and sentiments are much more impressive when expressed with decorative handwriting. Birthday and holiday greetings, wedding and birth announcements, and reunion and party invitations all have more style and flair when decoratively written with calligraphy markers. Thank-you, condolence and remembrance notes are best expressed with cards in personal calligraphic writing. Using markers to prepare your own announcements, greetings and notices is a good investment over the cost of purchasing prepared cards for all the occasions in your life, not to mention having the permanent markers on hand for handwritten copy like name tags, signs, banners, place cards and memory albums. The markers are also a no-mess, no-trouble option over pens and brushes, since they don't require separate ink bottles and are just throwaways when the ink runs out.

Calligraphy Markers Are Easy To Use
Dry erase markers for decorative handwriting are especially suited for beginners, since they're available in different ink tips that make narrow and broad strokes effortless. Many professionals say that the only steadfast rule in marker calligraphy is to keep your hand at a 45-degree angle to the paper. Calligraphy markers have sharp-point tips, chiseled or angled tips or flat-edge wedge-shape tips. Sharp tips come with ultra-fine, fine and broad points. Most chiseled and wedge-shape tips come in different widths, ranging from 1 millimeters to 5 millimeters.

What Colors Can You Get?
Ink technology has advanced to the point where synthetic pigments have essentially replaced natural-based foundations. The benefit is truly a rainbow of color options available in marker inks. Manufacturers are creating inks with unusual names that you'll generally find on Pantone paint swatches. Specialty colors are also available, like metallic gold, silver and bronze.

What Type of Ink Do Calligraphy Markers Contain?
Most of the ink in the markers is water-based, which, compared with an oil foundation, creates a smoother and denser marker line on paper, and you don't have to work as hard at putting it on paper. Manufacturers also formulate inks with special substances that make them fast drying and fade-resistant. Most marker inks are acid-free and nontoxic, and they have little or no odor.

What Kind of Paper Works Best With the Markers?
Most original calligraphic designs require some trial and error initially, to get just the right size and shape lettering. Good paper for practicing includes plain inkjet paper and bleed-proof marker paper. Professionals recommend hot press watercolor paper for end-stage calligraphy work. Staples stocks all these types of paper, and they come in reams, blocks or pads, packs of two sheets and individual pages. Add a new set of calligraphy markers to your next school supplies list.