All the right strokes

> Cal­lig­ra­phy is fast be­com­ing a pop­u­lar hobby

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SUNBIZ -

With tra­di­tional script it is all about the grip and even your sit­ting style, and later how to get the most of the tools you have. Chong said at the end of the day, it takes prac­tice – like the pi­ano, you got to keep at it.

“It is en­cour­ag­ing be­cause you can phys­i­cally see your im­prove­ment. You can look at your work to­day and a month later see that you have come so far – that you can get bet­ter slowly. In class, we en­cour­age them by go­ing around to look at their pa­pers and pick­ing out the good ones.

“We like to make it en­joy­able. We tell peo­ple that cal­lig­ra­phy is fun and not to take it too se­ri­ously. You are here to re­lax; don't put so much pres­sure on your­self that you start to hate it. It can be frus­trat­ing on days you just can't write, but some days it can look pretty good,” she said.

Chong learned the art of cal­lig­ra­phy by trial and er­ror. She talked to peo­ple es­pe­cially on In­sta­gram, and the com­mu­nity is open to share and help those who are new and give ad­vice based on their ex­pe­ri­ence. “Key is mak­ing sure you are hold­ing the pen right. A lot of us have the prob­lem with the death grip which causes the back to the pa­per to feel like Braille.

“With cal­lig­ra­phy, you write with un­nat­u­ral move­ments and that can be strain­ing on the hands and neck. It is more stren­u­ous in tra­di­tional class while for brush, you can hold it like how you hold a pen­cil.

“It is im­por­tant to make sure peo­ple learn the ba­sic drills – let­ters, how to con­nect let­ters and form words as well as the flow so that it is smooth. At the end of the class, they must be able to form words.

“You can keep prac­tis­ing A to Z, but if you don't know how to con­nect the let­ters then it is point­less. This is one of the things we put more em­pha­sis on in class than oth­ers.

“You need to have a lot of pa­tience and you have to be de­ter­mined to prac­tise. Not many of the stu­dents we teach take it to the next level. It is a lot of hard­core prac­tice and un­for­tu­nately, there is no other way about it,” she stressed.

Chong learned the art of cal­lig­ra­phy by trial and er­ror.

It takes prac­tice to be good in cal­lig­ra­phy.

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