Western calligraphy emerged out of antique writing formed in the ancient Rome. Earlier forms of calligraphic alphabet appeared in 3-rd millennium B.C. The predecessor of the Latin alphabet was an Etruscan alphabet. Initially used only when writing uppercase letters, lowercase emerged later, during the Carolingian period.
The spread of Christianity gave rise to calligraphy in the West, due to the fact that it was necessary to copy Bible in a large circulation as well as other religious texts. The art of calligraphy reached its prosperity in VII-IX centuries in the Ireland and Scotland, where the monks created illuminated Gospels - masterpieces of medieval art.
I’ve always been amazed by calligraphic writing. Some letters look quite mysterious and out-of-this-world.
These days calligraphy writing is really popular especially among tattoo maniaks and auto tuning fans. So let's have a look how such lettering is created. In this video you will see how Glen Weisgerber demonstrates single stroke lettering technique. He teaches pinstriping and lettering at the Airbrush Getaway Workshops. if you're interested to learn how to write like that you can see his other demos on YouTube.
If you're not good at holding your felt-tip pen or a brush like that, you can use some free calligraphy fonts that we've gathered for you. Below you can see their demos and download them one by one, or get a whole pack clicking this link.