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MR Silver Guard by draconis-regena
Rohan Scroll by Breogan
Stolen Child by Trauermei
Celtic Blue by obscurarts
Long texts
Prayer at Dawn by Gianni36
Birthday Calligraphy for my favorite Kalmyk friend by genggiyen-ejen
Christmas Manuscript by Galejro
Belarusian calligraphy: Happy New Year! by genggiyen-ejen
Je Suis Fou de Vous! by fmr0
Theophilia - Meet the Artist Meme by Theophilia
I am... by NobleFate
Celtic Seasons by RedgoldsparksPress
Decorative Initial by fmr0
Dragon Mandala by nikeyvv
Cadel Letter O by calligraphyartworks


Acrobat by bboyle Acrobat :iconbboyle:bboyle 6 0 Grace by bboyle Grace :iconbboyle:bboyle 1 0 Illuminated Fungi from Yuggoth Sonnet 22 Azathoth by DrizzleDrazzle Illuminated Fungi from Yuggoth Sonnet 22 Azathoth :icondrizzledrazzle:DrizzleDrazzle 9 3 Letter B by patty-space Letter B :iconpatty-space:patty-space 2 3 Latin Quote II by elhalfling Latin Quote II :iconelhalfling:elhalfling 24 22 Anastasia by hiepropemorstest Anastasia :iconhiepropemorstest:hiepropemorstest 4 27 Manuscript by DanielleHope Manuscript :icondaniellehope:DanielleHope 20 14 Wizard D by dkpalmer Wizard D :icondkpalmer:dkpalmer 3 4 Impossible Dream calligraphy by dashinvaine Impossible Dream calligraphy :icondashinvaine:dashinvaine 78 24 Happy Birthday_ Butterflies by JoannaBromley Happy Birthday_ Butterflies :iconjoannabromley:JoannaBromley 77 20 Calligram in your Soul by Vic-Perfecto Calligram in your Soul :iconvic-perfecto:Vic-Perfecto 113 36


Pretty Words

I love bright words, words up and singing early;
Words that are luminous in the dark, and sing;
Warm lazy words, white cattle under trees;
I love words opalescent, cool, and pearly,
Like midsummer moths, and honied words like bees,
Gilded and sticky, with a little sting.

- Elinor Wylie, "Pretty Words"
Welcome, fellow lovers of written words!
This group has been created to make a collection of traditional calligraphy pieces here, on DeviantArt. We want to concentrate on European art of illumination, which seems to be almost forgotten nowadays. Here everyone looking for it will be able to find it.
Please, contribute to the galleries, if you do calligraphy, or suggest favourites, if you see anything interesting. :woohoo:

Here are a few rules to keep the galleries neat and tidy:

Gallery submissions:
:bulletred: only traditional calligraphy pieces are allowed
:bulletred: we are looking for European calligraphy (i.e. Latin alphabet). Why? Mainly because there are many groups focused on typography, but European calligraphy is hard to find. It is easy to find Islamic or Japanese, or other Eastern typography, yet European languages seem to be unappreciated.
:bulletred: please submit only your own pieces to the gallery folders. The folders are as follows:
- Long texts – texts longer than one sentence
- Phrases – one sentence or one word pieces
- Initials – single decorated letters
:bulletred: submit finished works, that you are proud of. I understand that not everyone has access to a scanner, but I will not accept pieces that are blurred or in other ways unclear on the screen.
:bulletred: submissions to the “Featured” folder are not allowed – here I will put the best works found in the gallery.

Favourites submissions:
:bulletred: here you can submit works that are not yours, yet are linked to traditional calligraphy.
:bulletred: the Favourites can be described as collection of inspirations and generally useful “stuff”;)
:bulletred: The folders are as follows:
- Featured – texts/phrases/initials – any traditional calligraphy pieces.  
- Tutorials – if you find any good tutorial (e.g. how to write with left hand, how to make Celtic knots, etc.), please share it:)
- Stock – borders, background, etc. Sometimes the scan does not show the texture of the paper on which the text was written, and a background has to be added on computer. Should we call it cheating? Well… perhaps.;) Also, the borders are good inspirations.
- Pretty patterns – self-explanatory, I guess ;), Celtic knots, medieval flourishes, anything you feel is related, although it does not have text on it.
:bulletred: if you suggest a favourite of a group member’s artwork, don’t worry, I’ll move it to the main gallery.

I hope you will enjoy the group:)

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Galejro Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I gotta question for the community. What's the professional name for writing in blood. Cyrography? Sangrigraphy?
NeusZiel Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for accepting me!
juhhmi Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for accepting me as a member too!
Aurore-Calligraphy Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for accepting me ^^
IvieMoon Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thanks for accepting me! :)
historyfreak Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for letting me in, I look forward to contributing to the group.
Bnspyrd Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
beautiful gallery :love:
zalezsky Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this looks like an awesome group! great idea
and-amore Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I'm glad I found this group. It's lovely, a great idea. :love:

Good luck and keep on growing! :#1:
patty-space Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi...I'm the second thanks to :iconobscurarts: post. :) Looking forward to being part of this group.
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