• 7 Practical Uses for Calligraphy

    You know that calligraphy is fun to make — but you may not have realized how useful it can be! In this post, we’ll discuss seven practical utilizations of this versatile art.

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    I recently received an email from a reader asking me about the practical uses for calligraphy. This reader works in the corporate world, and she was having trouble justifying taking the time to learn the art. I get it! We constantly have to make choices about how to manage our days, and oftentimes you can’t justify indulging in an enjoyable creative pursuit. However, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that calligraphy can be incorporated into your day-to-day with good reason! Here’s what I came up with:

    1. You Can Use Calligraphy to Make an Impression

    Hardly anyone can fail to notice a beautiful envelope and meticulous writing. This makes calligraphy a great medium by which to help yourself stand out from other candidates for a job or an internship. After your interview, send a thank you note to the interviewer in a neatly calligraphed envelope. The recipient won’t likely forget you soon, and they’ll be impressed by your attention to detail!

    Reasons to Learn Calligraphy | The Postman's Knock
    Interviewing at Starbucks? Send the interviewer a watercolor calligraphy envelope in two different shades of green. It’s clever, creative, and professional!

    2. Calligraphy Can Make You Money

    One of the most practical uses for calligraphy is turning your skill into some healthy pocket change! If this sounds like something you’re interested in, you’ll enjoy the following articles:

    Envelope Calligraphy | The Postman's Knock
    Many brides and grooms want calligraphed envelopes for their wedding invitations! This is elegant Janet Style calligraphy, but I’ve used informal calligraphy styles for weddings as well.

    3. Calligraphy Helps Your Brand to Stand Out

    Have an Etsy shop? Include a calligraphed “thank you” in the order. Work for a café? Calligraph cards to let people know what each pastry is (or better yet: calligraph the menu!). Have an Airbnb? Make a chalkboard to welcome your guests. There’s always a way to use calligraphy to help make a brand stand out, whether you work for yourself or for someone else!

    DIY Chalkboard Art Tutorial | The Postman's Knock
    This is the feature image for our Airbnb listing. I’m convinced that the photo of this lettering and calligraphy is initially what attracts guests! (You can learn about how to write on a chalkboard in this tutorial.)

    4. Calligraphy Makes People Feel Special

    We are constantly connected via computer/phone — which is both good and bad. The perk, of course, is instantaneous and more abundant communication. The drawback is that the quality of that communication can be lacking because it’s so easy. Now more than ever, taking the time to write someone something by hand shows a thoughtfulness that will make his or her day! So, next time you want to show someone how much you care, make them some mail art. Write a note and slip it inside; you’ll be surprised at how much they appreciate the gesture!

    Flourished Autumn Envelope Tutorial | The Postman's Knock
    I adore More Love Letters, which is a website dedicated to making people feel better via snail mail. You can learn how to make mail art like this in the Flourished Autumn Envelope Art Tutorial.

    5. Calligraphy Helps You to Achieve Life Balance

    In the US and many other countries, we have a real “workaholic” mentality. For many of us, there’s constant pressure to achieve, and to give more of ourselves to our work than perhaps is healthy. If you enjoy creating calligraphy, letting yourself dedicate time to the art can help you to counterbalance that pressure.

    7 Practical Uses for Calligraphy | The Postman's Knock
    Check out A (Happy) Case for Learning Calligraphy if you’re interested in learning about how calligraphy can help you to achieve a better life balance!

    6. You Can Save Money by DIYing Calligraphy Gifts

    I believe that a handmade gift is worth much more than a store-bought gift. It tells me that the giver spent time, energy, and thought to make me something — which is more precious than money. Next time you want to give someone a gift, consider something meaningful that involves calligraphy! You can find a list of DIY gifts in the 8 Creative Handmade Gift Ideas post.

    Calligraphy Ampersand Art | The Postman's Knock
    I made this calligraphy ampersand art for my brother. It includes the names of his children, places of significance, and favorite pastimes!

    7. You Can Use Calligraphy to Pay the Bills

    For years, I literally used calligraphy to pay our bills. When we lived in an apartment, I sent a seasonally-appropriate calligraphed rent check envelope every month. It was a great creativity/calligraphy exercise for me, and I found out later that it meant a lot to the landlord as well! You can find a year’s worth of “rent check envelopes” (and read about the landlord’s reaction) in this blog post.

    Rent Check Mail Art Envelopes: A Collection | The Postman's Knock
    Some people may balk at sending mail art for important purposes like paying the rent (for fear the envelope may not make it). Follow a few simple precautions, however, and the envelope will arrive safely!

    I hope that you enjoyed this list of practical uses for calligraphy! I think there’s always a reason to go for it if you’re interested in learning how to create eye-catching lettering. For me, the most important reason is life balance! After a stressful day, there’s nothing I enjoy more than putting on a good podcast and making calligraphy. What do you think the best practical use of calligraphy is? It doesn’t have to appear on this list!

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    This worksheet set is undergoing an update that will be released on Friday!

    Thanks very much for reading TPK, and I’ll be back on Friday with an introduction to the new Amy Style calligraphy worksheet and video course! Remember that the price of these learning resources will increase by $5 apiece ($25 total cost versus the current $15), but those who purchased the worksheet/course prior to Friday will be “grandfathered in” to the new versions. If you have any questions about this, you can email me at [email protected] or comment on this blog post!

    Have a great week, and happy writing!


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