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An Introduction to the Calligraphic Hands.

The Poem to My Bride, by Wilferd Arlan Peterson has been lettered in various calligraphic hands to show what effect that the different lettering has on a poem.

Each calligraphic hand has its own unique set of characteristic and style of artwork to compliment the letters.

Fraktur Gothic Calligraphy letter examples

The characteristics of this hand being:-

the blending of straight lines and curves which are quite pleasing to the eye.

The name Gothic makes a picket type fence come to mind because of its straight and quite dense letters.

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Copperplate Calligraphy letter examples

The characteristics of this hand being:-

The thick and thin hairlines are achieved by the pressure of the hand when writing.

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Flourished Italic Calligraphy letter examples

The characteristics of this hand being:-

a compressed shape with a slight forward slope and the serifs arching to the right at the top of the ascenders.

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Formal Italic Calligraphy letter examples

The characteristics of this hand being:-

oval bodies and connecting springing arches that spring from the base of the letter forms.

The minuscule letters have a rhythmic style which reveals their close relationship to hand writing.

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Spencerian Calligraphy letter examples

The characteristics of this hand being:-

a combination of thick and thin lines a more ornamental style of lettering

This calligraphic hand is perfect for love letters and poems, along with romantic roses for illumination, the perfect gift.

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Uncial Calligraphy letter examples

The characteristics of this hand being:-

a grid like quality of evenly placed letter forms.

Uncials were an early Christian book hand that was used for copying the Bible circa 3-8 century, and still has many uses today.

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