Is that Calligraphy or Hand-Lettering?

Updated: Jul 29

Hello, Dah’lings!

I often find that most people assume hand-lettering and calligraphy are the same thing, but they're not. In fact, there’s apparently a lot of people confused by this distinction, so I’ve included my favorite explanation about that from Lettering Daily. Another issue that always gets confused is fonts vs. hand-lettering vs. calligraphy. So often, I see stationers posting pictures of handwritten calligraphy or hand-lettering that they grabbed from Pinterest, asking colleagues to identify the "font." They get very frustrated when they learn it was all handwritten. As an aside, it should also be noted that a calligraphy 'hand' is not a font. If you use the terms interchangeably, it's okay; no one is going to throw a brick at you, but I assume you'd like to know the difference. (Also, here's a quick run-down of the difference between a font and a typeface.) I know — there's so much detail! Each discipline— calligraphy, hand-lettering, typesetting, layout and design— require their own guidelines, principles, and production techniques.

I’ll continue to use the iPad Pro and Procreate for calligraphic elements, and I encourage anyone who is learning the art to do the same! You’ll find it to be an amazing tool for calligraphy, hand-lettering, and art in general. You apply the same skills you would on paper onto your canvas in Procreate. The brushes and pens have evolved to be super responsive, and they can provide you with endless joy (until your battery is dead, of course). Remember… if you decide to use the iPad for calligraphy practice, make sure you maintain consistency with your posture and pad-to-pen positioning as you would if you were practicing calligraphy on paper.

With all of that said, I look forward to sharing my calligraphy journey with you! Thank you all for your patience, support, and friendship!


Pointed Pen Calligraphy using the vintage Blanzy 2552 nib, Dr. Ph. Martin's iridescent white ink on black envelopes.
Pointed Pen Calligraphy using the vintage Blanzy 2552 nib, Dr. Ph. Martin's iridescent white ink on black envelopes.

Warmly,





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