Get artsy with this calligraphy starter kit

Ari Bines
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A lot of people are getting back to the basics of tearing their eyes away from technology. Those who are indoors have picked up a puzzle or a coloring book to pass the time. But over 9,000 art newbies have picked up calligraphy from this one kit.

Calligraphy may not be the first art form that comes to mind when picking up a new skill. However, now’s the best time to learn something out of your comfort zone. Etsy shoppers have found this calligraphy starter kit to be a saving grace — especially for those who consider themselves artistic. The designer of the book, Ashley Gardner of Printable Wisdom, explains that she was impatient when she first wanted to get into calligraphy. Bringing other fidgety learners up to speed, this calligraphy starter kit brings together everything you need to make you a pro.

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Included in the kit is a whole lot. You get a one calligraphy brush pen from the designer’s brand. You’ll also get two sample alphabets, plus pointers on how to do strokes, flourishes, connections and other calligraphy tips. There are activity pages to test examples on your own, three projects from Gardner’s own portfolio and six pages to create your own style of calligraphy.

The starter kit has five stars on Etsy and is listed as one of the brands best-sellers. Whileyou don’t get a ton of pages in the book, the guide pushes you to learn your own calligraphy style rather than the usual stilted or rigid lettering. Out of the 9,000 reviewers, one shopper said this one kit was easier to follow than a lot of others on the market. Another shopper said they bought it for a 12-year-old who “wants to write fancy,” while other customers who bought it for their kids found that they were calligraphy masters in minutes. This is a kit that’s less intimidating than a lot of in-depth art books. And if you keep up with this calligraphy kit, you might just find yourself designing your own thank you cards one day.

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