Roman Style



Roman calligraphy writing is a universal style.  It can be easy to learn and effective for producing stationary for events, for example, calligraphy wedding invitations, posters and flyers.

To write Roman style for maximum effect, you will need a good calligraphy set and a broad tipped calligraphy pen.  You can buy calligraphy supplies from any stationery shop. 

A Brief History About Roman Texts


Years ago, people used a broad tipped instrument or a brush to build up the letterforms.  Roman lettering is a serif style, which means it has detailed flemishes on the capital letters and ‘feet’ on the base of letterforms.  The Roman style was developed in Rome during the first century when letterings were carved in stone and pained on walls.  Later, the style spread to other parts of Europe.

Producing Roman Styles Using A Calligraphy Marker Pen

Times New Roman is a great style when you want to produce art posters and flyers.  Posters are usually A3 sized and you can buy any color paper for your work.  Try to buy paper that does not allow the marker pen to bleed, such as smooth card or thick cartridge paper.

Remember that a broad nibbed calligraphy shaped marker pen needs to be quite broad to produce large letters, so ensure you plan your letters to be quite large for your poster.  Using a setsquare and a long metal ruler, measure out the guidelines, ensuring the guidelines are spaced apart.  Write your letters faintly using a hard nibbed pencil and then write your letters.

View my video about how to write in Roman Style:

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More About Roman Calligraphy Styles And Techniques

As you can see from the template shown below, the Roman Style has the serif characters.  This means that the texts have horizontal lines across the top and bottom of each letter, and the Roman style has thick and thin strokes.  You can copy the templates to help you become familiar with the letterforms.  The calligraphy pen nib needs to be held at a flat angle, basically at horizontal levels to the guidelines.  Study the letters carefully before writing them.  For very large letters, it is better not to use a calligraphy marker pen but to trace the outlines of each letter using a pencil, and then drawing the outlines carefully using a marker pen and then filling in each letter using felt tip or paint.  Experiment with different colors and effects when filling in the letters.  Posters look great using this style and you can try out any medium or shadow effects with very large Times New Roman texts.

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