Why not have a go at the beautiful art of calligraphy?

You will need:
  • lolly sticks
  • paper
  • ink or watered down poster paint
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • scissors
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!