|Why not have a go at the beautiful art of calligraphy?|
You will need:
|Take a look at this beautiful calligraphy.|
Calligraphy means "the fine art of handwriting".
|This one was created in black ink.|
|Red poster paint, thinned down with lots of water, was used for this one.|
|This split-lettered effect was created in blue ink.|
|Do you fancy having a go? No problem!|
Take a piece of paper and a ruler, and draw a horizontal line in pencil, across the top of the ruler.
Draw another line across the bottom of the ruler.
|Move the ruler about 1 or 2cm higher up the paper, and draw another horizontal line across the top of the ruler.|
These guidelines will help you draw letters of different sizes.
|This calligraphy isn't done with expensive pens or brushes.|
As you might have guessed from the title of this Art Attack, all you need is a lolly stick or two!
|Carefully snap a lolly stick in half.|
This will give you two calligraphy pens!
|Take some ordinary fountain pen ink. You can also use poster paint mixed with lots of water so that it's nice and runny.|
Remember to hold the stick as if it was a fountain pen.
|Dip the stick into the ink, and have a go.|
Keep the stick in the same position as you draw letters. That will give you a great thick-and-thin effect on the lettering.
|With a little practice, you'll discover the different effects and styles you can achieve.|
|If your snapped lolly stick splinters or has a jagged edge, don't throw it away. Use it in the same way to get a great split letter effect!|
|You can also create the split lettering effect by carefully snipping a notch in the stick with a pair of scissors.|
|If you eat enough ice lollies, you'll have enough sticks to make a whole set of calligraphy pens.|
Try it yourself!