Calligraphy, or the art of beautiful handwriting, is one of the oldest and most popular forms of visual art and communication; dating all the way back to 600 BC and ancient Roman times. Since then, calligraphy has evolved into all kinds of styles, as you’ll see by this sampling of our favorite calligraphy fonts.
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1. La Sonnambula
La Sonnambula falls under the umbrella of cursive calligraphy fonts. With its long, sweeping lines and light spacing between letters, La Sonnambula is an excellent choice for almost any calligraphy project.
2. Children of the Starlight
Children of the Starlight is another of the cursive calligraphy fonts and is characterized by bolder “brush stroke” type letters with shading. Shading in calligraphy can be achieved by manipulating the pen or calligraphy tool with differing amounts of pressure within each stroke.
3. Congrats Calligraphy
This is a fun calligraphy font that incorporates looped shapes within the capital letters. Cursive calligraphy fonts are often distinguished from one another by these types of nuances, and Congrats Calligraphy is no exception! It’s beautiful, elegant, and appropriate for a variety of calligraphy art.
Honilad may look familiar to you, as it is a very popular style and considered to be one of the best calligraphy fonts around. The key characteristics of this calligraphy font are bolded strokes within the formation of each letter and lighter strokes connecting letters and completing letter details.
5. Walking Stones
Walking Stones is another popular and versatile calligraphy font. Letters are tall and thin, and spacing is sparse between each letter. It’s a lightly bolded font that is perfect for both serious and lighthearted projects.
6. Black Chancery
This printed calligraphy font is reminiscent of calligraphy’s origins in block script lettering. It is styled after brush strokes, showing variations in thickness within each letter, and it’s a bit of a more serious font. You might find Black Chancery in logo work or in apparel screen printing.
7. Acryle Script
Acryle Script is fun, whimsical, and easily one of the best calligraphy fonts! This font incorporates loops, lines crossing, and varying levels of boldness to render a design that works just as well for a birthday celebration invitation as it does for commercial advertising campaigns.
8. Affectionately Yours
Affectionately Yours is one of the most beautiful easy calligraphy fonts. It is a great font for beginners and seasoned calligraphers alike, and it allows for an added layer of fun through the use of shapes, such as the hearts displayed within the image above.
9. Dillon the Cat
Dillon the Cat is a bolder-style cursive calligraphy font that works in just about every context. With its thicker, more forgiving lines and easy-to-mimic curves, this is also great for newer calligraphers who are looking for practice fonts.
Eleganta is, as the name suggests, one of the most elegant calligraphy fonts. Similar to “Affectionately Yours,” Eleganta allows for the addition of shapes and loops to enhance not only each letter but also the overall design of words created with this font.
11. Feel My Heart
Feel My Heart is a beautifully fanciful calligraphy font with no shortage of curly-cues and looped lines. Almost resembling a beloved grandmother’s handwriting, this font is perfect for calligraphers who want to elicit a bit of emotion within their work.
When it comes to easy calligraphy fonts, Haruka is as playful and fun as they come! This font does not require perfectly straight lines or clean connections between letters but rather, invites the artist to be creative with their strokes and to play with boldness to create anything from a graphic novel title to a kitchen canister label.
13. Italianno Regular
Italianno Regular is a more traditional cursive calligraphy font marked by consistent strokes and light italicization. It, too, is a great font for both beginners and seasoned calligraphy artists because it is so uniform in design, yet still lovely to view!
Millythea is a wonderful example of calligraphy fonts that use line ornaments. This design element allows the calligrapher to have a bit more creative license within their work and to include something that is perhaps unexpected.
15. Brayden Script
Brayden Script the type of calligraphy font that works well for everything from book cover art to store signage. It uses thin lines, which are typically easier both to create and to read, and renders a lovely result!
Phraell is a more advanced calligraphy font characterized by bold, italicized lines and thinner letters with clear connections. It is appropriate for a variety of scenarios and work, and it is best created with traditional calligraphy pens and tools or in a digital setting.
17. Monsieur La Doulaise
This elaborate calligraphy font is deeply rooted in traditional style. Monsieur La Doulaise is intricate and heady, with very little bold and lots of curved lines, and is most often seen in wedding invitations or other formal texts.
Oregano is a printed calligraphy font that is fun and straightforward. Most of the personality of this font lies within the fun curved style of each letter, and the exaggerated accents at the apex of rounded letters, such as the lowercase g above.
19. Transatlantic Cruise
Transatlantic Cruise is a unique calligraphy style that uses seemingly simple letter outlines to make a big statement. The serifs and details of each letter are created singularly but the letters themselves are formed with tandem lines that render beautifully.
20. Canela Bark
This calligraphy font appears a hybrid between script and printed fonts. Not all lines are connected between the letters, and it is only slightly bolded. Canela Bark would be a great choice for a restaurant menu or for website design.
21. Distant Stroke
Distant Stroke is a printed font that falls within the category of “easy calligraphy fonts.” Though it seems a bit complicated at first glance, a closer look shows that the letters are created with long strokes and thin lines that are simple to recreate, whether you’re brand new to calligraphy or you’ve been working with calligraphy fonts for years.
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Now that you’ve familiarized yourself with different types of calligraphy fonts, you’re sure to have questions about how to begin and how to learn more.
Which is the Best Font for Calligraphy?
While the answer to this question is largely based upon the individual artists, most calligraphers prefer script fonts. The letters are generally formed with broader, longer strokes, and you won’t need a lot of special tools or pens to create these fonts—a simple nib pen will do.
Bryn Chernoff’s Skillshare course, Calligraphy II: Finding Your Personal Script Style is a great resource for finding your own style and identifying the best calligraphy fonts for you.
What is the Prettiest Cursive Font?
This question, again, is best answered by each artist and their personal style, but there are endless cursive calligraphy fonts from which to choose. Whether you tend toward something more traditional, like Italianno Regular, or something more whimsical, like Acryle Script, you’re sure to create something beautiful.
Skillshare instructor Mary-Jane Roussel offers two courses in French Cursive Calligraphy —covering both lowercase letters and uppercase letters—that are an excellent starting point for those calligraphers looking to explore cursive fonts.
How Do You Write Words in Calligraphy?
Writing words in calligraphy style fonts is not nearly as difficult as it seems—you just need to practice. The best way to begin is by studying easy calligraphy fonts and trying to replicate them, letter by letter. Once you have a mastery of one font, it is easy to move on and expand your work into other calligraphy fonts and designs.
Jackson Alves, Skillshare instructor, teaches a great course called Calligraphy for Beginners 1—The Foundational Styles of Calligraphy. Covering everything from how to hold your pen to how to form letters, the course is an excellent point of origin for writing words in calligraphy.
Whether you’ve been working in calligraphy for as long as you can remember or you’re a brand new calligrapher, it never hurts to have a few (or 21) favorite calligraphy fonts to call upon when you sit down to work. Just remember not to be too rigid—part of the fun in calligraphy is the wide margin for creativity and finding your own style!
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