Calligraphy in sign language writing

Sign language writing has its many potentials for calligraphy, the beauty of writing. In this post, we explore materials to use ASL calligraphy (in American Sign Language), in part, inspired by Japanese/Chinese calligraphy.

Video posted in January 2017.

Traditional material ideas for ASL writing: Japanese or Chinese ink (either in liquid or stick), brush, and rice paper.

Digital materials to explore: a tablet, a stylus, and apps.

Everyday materials: paper and pen. Fountain pen or regular ink pen.

calligraphy exercise

Image above: exercise in ASL calligraphy by Jolanta Lapiak, November 2017. Experimented with manipulating the lines and how to work with watercolor materials.

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