How To Start A Home Based Calligraphy Business

Calligraphy is beautiful writing. It is a delightful art. In some religions, the name of God is written in various forms of calligraphy as a means to convey prayers. Calligraphy can be a fun hobby, a creative art, and even a great home based business. All you will need is a pen and paper and some space to start with. Writing is the basic prerequisite for the calligraphic artist.

You need not be an artist or a painter either. Attention to detail and some patience is all you need. An excellent piece of calligraphy inspires us to strive for excellence and touches the depths of spirituality within us. One can see the picture of the Divine in the artistic lines.

Your own Calligraphy Business
Calligraphy is an acquired art. A person with basic artistic ability can learn this special art. Many stores get orders for specialized hand letter printing which only a calligrapher can perform. Wedding announcements, address writing on cards, menus, invitations, personalized greeting cards, and certificates need to be hand written. If the order is small, commercial printing is expensive. People often prefer calligraphic type to make the card attractive.

Even if a photocopier is used to make duplicate copies, the original will still need the calligraphy. A good calligrapher can work as an in-house calligrapher with printers or a stationary store. You can also do freelance for many such organizations.

Learning Calligraphy
There are many self-help books and kits available at inexpensive prices from bookstores to teach and learn calligraphy.

A calligraphy teacher will help you in learning to use broad tipped pens to make wide vertical strokes and narrow horizontal lines. Turning the pen results in various effects, like wider, rounder or pin pointed shapes.

You can learn to master one alphabet at a time for ornate embellishment and variations in writing them. The simple alphabets transform magically into amazing artistic shapes. The words thus formed come to a strange life of their own. This is the power of the practiced and perfected art of calligraphy.

How to Start
Learn calligraphy through a kit or under a tutor. Practice until you attain perfection. Personally, call on stationery shops or printers to tell them of your talent. Leave your self-designed cards, with an idea of cost and samples of your best work. For card printing, first print your design and logo and then get it reduced to business card size, two by three and a half inches. This will give a sharp and clear look to your business card. Get multiples made with the help of an inexpensive photo offset process and finally get them embossed for expensive looks.

Make samples of cards, menus, and certificates with calligraphy and give them as samples to potential customers. This leads to impulsive purchases.

Calligraphy can be a hobby or a lucrative business venture with practically no overheads.

David Gass

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