One of the occasional stumbling blocks of working on calligraphy is the issue of source material. Now if you’re a naturally poetic person, you can come up with all your own words – and gods love you if you do. But some of us need help, so here are a few places to go if you need things to write down.
I’ll start on Reddit, because I get so much material from there. First of all, if you’re not on /r/calligraphy then you should most certainly join. It’s a good place to meet others at a variety of skill levels and there is a regular Word of the Day and Quote of the Week for you to use as practice material. If you need more to practice with, I usually go to either /r/logophilia or /r/wordoftheday and start plowing through the listings. Off that site, you can go to places like Luciferous Logolepsy or The Phrontistery and take some interesting words from there.
Pinterest also has a lot of good inspiration for calligraphy projects that you might be able to be inspired by. Want to practice your envelopes? Go to a fake name generator and go to town. Behind the Name has a wonderful random name generator if you want to work on your ornamental penmanship.
The point is that there is no end to the amount of resources available to you for inspiration when you need to practice. The doldrums can be unpleasant, so switch up what you’re doing – try a new script or a new resource and see what kind of creativity bubbles up.
As a bonus, here are a few of my resources for you:
Have great sites or other resources of your own to share? Let us know in the comments!