Creating a Calligram

What is a calligram?

A calligram is a picture made out of words. Here’s the fun part, you do not need to be a great artist to make beautiful calligrams.

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A creative calligram can make a beautiful gift.

When I was first learning calligraphy back in high school (seemingly forever ago), almost everyone received a calligram for at least one occasion that year. My favorite pieces were hearts I personalized for each couple receiving them. I wish I could dig up pictures, but that was pre-digital era and I live a few states away from my childhood home.

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Let’s get started creating calligrams!

You can start by drawing the silhouette your want your words to fill. For this project I created templates that I could slip under my work. This really helps if you’re going to create a few of the same theme!

You’re welcome to download the feather and anchor templates for personal use.

The anchor template:

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The feather template:

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I had already chosen the lyrics for “Let There be Peace on Earth” for my feather. I drew out the verses down each length of the feather.

While I want the words to be readable I’m not completely focused on each word being on the ‘proper’ line since this calligram is primarily a piece of art.

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Once you’ve found templates or drawn in silhouettes you like, the sky is the limit on the type of calligram you can create.

My next piece was an anchor with a verse from Hebrews.

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This time I didn’t pencil in my words first, instead I let the placement happen off the cuff.

Watch the video of how I created both of these calligrams:

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