Simple basics of calligraphy

What is calligraphy at Faber-Castell?

In this brochure, Faber-Castell wants to introduce you to the world of calligraphy. Using our Pitt Artist Pen, we want to show you how you can magically change simple things to great artworks in a personal way. Your imagination knows no limits! 


Techniques - The basics of calligraphy

In order to achieve optimal results, it is advisable to learn the basic techniques of calligraphy first. You will enjoy experimenting with different colours, techniques and nibs.


The slope of a letter, measured from the vertical.



Nib width

The width of the writing tool. A letter written at 4 nib widths high will appear twice as heavy as one written at 8 nib widths using the same writing tool.


A stroke directed downwards towards the base line or descender line.



Cross bar

Horizontal stroke forming part of a letter (such as the „t“ or „H“).


The number, the direction and sequence of the strokes which make up a letter.


A very thin line.



Pen angle

The angle at which the nib meets the paper, relative to the base line.