Religious & Inspirational Calligraphy
Words To Live By- Religious Scripture
Religious scripture, Biblical verses, text, psalms and personal prayers are often requested in calligraphy services. Many people also have religious musical hymns that are meaningful to them. Bible text that’s written in calligraphy can be decorated with a visual background, or a beautiful and historical looking border design to give you joy and inspiration every time your eye notices the calligraphy art piece. That’s what I call, “Words to Live By”. That’s a double entendre that truly has meaning both ways. Keep beautiful words nearby to inspire and motivate and comfort you.
Bible verse calligraphy or any religious scripture can be designed to look historical, with decorated leading letters and designs. However, this is very time consuming and exacting work.
There are wonderful modern day scribes whose calligraphy services specialize in doing this ancient type of design handwork. Oftentimes these scribes who work on Bible scripture are also artists who design, paint and do raised gold illumination on actual parchment. The parchment alone, which is animal skin, can cost hundreds of dollars and take many hours to prepare for writing.
History of Calligraphy
Before there were printed books, such as the Gutenberg Bible, Europeans made handwritten books or manuscripts for more than a thousand years! Far back in history, scribes were some of the very few people who knew how to read and write. Their contribution to the future was immeasurable. Before the time of the printing press, the only way that books survived was when scribes copied them – MANY times over! The scribes, who were most often monks, had to learn how to write in a particular style of calligraphy that was the style of the place and time. Then these books were kept in Churches to preserve them for the future.
How Hand Written Books were Saved
Scribes didn’t just copy Biblical text, but also other books from their times that were considered important. I read a fascinating book about this: “The Swerve”, by Stephen Greenblatt, who won the National Book Award. The author brought out really important ideas about how the writings and teachings from the past would have all been lost if not for people who collected, protected and disseminated these important books to others throughout the centuries. From reading this book I realized that apart from some charred papyrus fragments recovered from a villa near Pompeii that survived the explosion of Mount Vesuvius, there are no surviving contemporary manuscripts from the ancient Greek and Roman world! Everything that has reached us is a copy, most often very far removed in time, place and culture from the original. And these copies represent only a small portion of the works even of the most celebrated writers of antiquity. The Swerve is a must read!
Gold Illumination with Calligraphy
Illumination is defined as the decorations that are added to the handwritten text. They are called illumination because the Biblical verses were decorated with gold or silver, which reflected the light and seemed illuminated. Raised gold leaf illumination is a very time consuming and exacting process that necessitates preparing “gesso”, the surface which is raised and sticky. That’s how to gold is attached and burnished (polished) to gleam on the paper. It’s gorgeous- but very expensive.
I am honored to write meaningful words for people from all religions. I will never discriminate against any religious group as long as the words are peaceful.
Here are some samples of previous custom Religious Scripture:
Ready to Print Pieces are Available
From the Serenity Prayer to the Prayer of St. Francis, if you’re looking for religious based inspiration you’ll find it here.
Our Deepest Fear
A Quote from Marianne Williamson.
The final size of this Giclee Print is 12″ x 16″.
Mark V. Raynham, MA