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Beautiful Handwriting Styles, Lettering and Calligraphy

        Handwriting seems to have lost some of its attraction over the last years. Nobody writes beautiful handwritten letters, and uses digital means of communication with smileys, abbreviations and standard lettering instead. And that’s a pity. Since handwriting is unique, it has a tremendous expressive power a standard lettering isn’t able to achieve.

        Handwriting styles seems to have lost some of its attraction over the last years. Nobody writes beautiful handwritten letters, and uses digital means of communication with smileys, abbreviations and standard lettering instead. And that’s a pity. Since handwriting is unique, it has a tremendous expressive power a standard lettering isn’t able to achieve.

        More than that, handwritten text can be incredibly gorgeous. In fact, there is nothing more valuable than a beautiful handwritten letter sent to your beloved ones. And this post attempts to prove just that.

        In the overview below you’ll find excellent examples of beautiful handwriting, creative lettering and professional calligraphy. It’s really amazing to see what one can create out of simple letters drawn with a pencil on a small piece of paper.

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        Calligraphy

        1800s Lettering Sketchbook Journal Beautiful calligraphy from 1800s.

        Handwriting Styles - 1800s Lettering Sketchbook

        Experiment with photographic paper Written by Marina Marjina, a type designer and letterer from Russia.

        Handwriting Styles - Experiment with photographic paper
        Lettering and Handwriting - Experiment _process2
        Lettering and Handwriting - IMG_8181
        Lettering and Handwriting - The sketch_fragment

        Claredon Press, Flower A book cover from 1987. Published by Claredon Press. Created by Sheila Waters.

        Lettering and Handwriting - Claredon Press, Flower

        Cronica de los reyes catolicos, XVI century. A Spanish manuscript from Berkeley, University of California, The Bancroft Library.

        Lettering and Handwriting - Cronica de los reyes catolicos, XVI century.

        Extra: Natasha Mileshina Natasha Mileshina’s work. Moscow, Russia.

        Lettering and Handwriting - Extra: Natasha Mileshina

        Daily Type Calligraphy by Vera Evstafieva.

        Lettering and Handwriting - Daily Type

        Pool Word

        Lettering and Handwriting - IMG_8570

        Tom Gourdie’s gallery Shakespeare’s Sonnets by Tom Gourdie. Handwriting master’s pieces from 1980s.

        Lettering and Handwriting -

        French Notarial Handwriting From Michael Twyman’s 26 November 2007 presentation.

        Lettering and Handwriting - French Notarial Handwriting

        Scripture and Calligraphy By Denis Brown.

        Lettering and Handwriting - Scripture, Denis Brown

        Erin K. Nolan

        Lettering and Handwriting - Digeridoo Festival

        Handwriting Styles, Doodling and Lettering

        British Ariways B/W Font Alex Trochut’s work for British Airways. Sexy, sweet and beautiful lettering!

        Lettering and Handwriting - British Ariways B/W Font

        Panasonic Advertisement The design by the agency Lowerporta from Chile. An advertisement for Panasonic digital devices.

        Lettering and Handwriting

        Art and Life Joei Lau’s project. Beautiful curves.

        Lettering and Handwriting - Art and Life

        all the best Wishes from Ale Paul.

        Lettering and Handwriting - happy holidays and wishes
        Lettering and Handwriting - all the best

        Estrella Levante Posters Tasty typography!

        Lettering and Handwriting - Estrella Levante Posters
        Lettering and Handwriting - Estrella Levante Posters

        Extraverage x The KDU Karoly Kiralyfalvi, graphic designer from Budapest, Hungary.

        Lettering and Handwriting - Extraverage x The KDU
        Lettering and Handwriting - Lettering
        Lettering and Handwriting - Aquasky flyer

        Typography Jeff Finley’s work.

        Lettering and Handwriting - Typography

        Split in Two Created by Pawel Janczarek.

        Lettering and Handwriting - Split in Two

        Doodles! Beautiful doodles from Austin, TX.

        Lettering and Handwriting - IMG_2809

        Handwriting By Yury Ostromentsky.

        Lettering and Handwriting - Daily Type

        takin’ it Lettering design by Jon Contino.

        Lettering and Handwriting - taking it

        “R” By Zeptonn, an illustrator from the Netherlands.

        Lettering and Handwriting - R

        1961 William Mitchell Pen Catalog

        Lettering and Handwriting - 1961 William Mitchell Pen Catalog

        inspiredology.com | inspiredology.com

        Lettering and Handwriting - inspiredology.com | inspiredology.com

        Zapf Games 2005 By Alexander Utkin.

        Lettering and Handwriting - Zapf Games 2005

        Daily Type

        Lettering and Handwriting - Daily Type

        inspiredology.com

        Lettering and Handwriting - inspiredology.com

        Sostav.ru

        Lettering and Handwriting - Sostav.ru

        Unit.nl

        Lettering and Handwriting - Unit.nl

        Daily Type

        Lettering and Handwriting - Daily Type

        on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

        Lettering and Handwriting -

        zutto

        Lettering and Handwriting - zutto

        STEREOTYPE

        Lettering and Handwriting - STEREOTYPE

        Typography

        Lettering and Handwriting - Typography

        Arabic calligraphy

        Lettering and Handwriting - Arabic calligraphy | creativebits

        si scott design

        Lettering and Handwriting - si scott design

        Rolling Stones: Rolled Gold +

        Lettering and Handwriting - Rolling Stones: Rolled Gold +

        timeless

        Lettering and Handwriting - timeless

        on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

        Lettering and Handwriting -

        Marian Bantjes: Yale Alumni Magazine

        Lettering and Handwriting - Marian Bantjes: Yale Alumni Magazine

        When Love Dies

        Lettering and Handwriting - When Love Dies

        Libertyland grand selection

        Lettering and Handwriting - Libertyland grand selection

        Funeral of the Heart by Leah Hayes - front cover

        Lettering and Handwriting - Funeral of the Heart by Leah Hayes - front cover

        Experiments with type

        Typolight Type with light.

        Lettering and Handwriting - Typolight

        Feliz Natal | Merry Christmas By Marina Chaccur. “The 2006 online christmas card started being very real. In the beginning the letters were drawn by hand, then after the final layout was chosen, the white beads were arranged onto a paper with a very pale outline of the lettering. In the end, the paper was photographed, the image was altered in Photoshop, and the beads went back to the package.”

        Lettering and Handwriting - Feliz Natal | Merry Christmas
        Lettering and Handwriting - Feliz Natal | Merry Christmas
        Flickr in Lights 2
        Lettering and Handwriting - Flickr in Lights 3
        Lettering and Handwriting - Flickr in Lights 2
        Arabic Poesie Type and light.
        Lettering and Handwriting - Poesie
        Caligrafia na pele Calligraphy on the body.
        Lettering and Handwriting - La Grafía: Caligrafia na pele
        Daily Type Hmmm, tasty!
        Lettering and Handwriting - Daily Type
        Stephanie DeArmond - Gallery Typographic sculptures.
        Lettering and Handwriting - Stephanie DeArmond - Gallery
        Lettering and Handwriting - Stephanie DeArmond - Gallery
        Lettering and Handwriting - Stephanie DeArmond - Gallery
        Lettering and Handwriting - Stephanie DeArmond - Gallery

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