It’s very rare to find nice handwriting nowadays. It’s even rarer to find someone who’s well-versed in the art of calligraphy. Gone are the days when notebooks looked less like a bunch of pages written in Morse Code and more like eye candy. This is understandable, in a way; with how far technology has come, touchtyping makes it possible to type out thoughts and important notes faster than if one were to write it down. Handwriting has become a lost art.

44 Handwriting So Beautiful You’d Be Jealous

44 Handwriting So Beautiful You’d Be Jealous

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The good news is that there are still creatives peeps out there who are keeping the "ancient" craft of beautiful manual writing alive. Cursive writing, typography, and calligraphy are turning into beautiful works of art. And for the rest of us, we get to enjoy their masterful display of great penmanship. Here are 30 gifs for your enjoyment, and I promise you – it’s difficult to stop watching.

Thick creamy precision

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Magical sparkles

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Simply beautiful stuff

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Aesthetically pleasing

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Fountain pens are awesome

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Markers are great too

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The bare minimum

Tough gangster

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Succinct satisfaction

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Primal pleasure

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Let’s meditate upon these strokes

An epiphany of beauty

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Chinese calligraphy – origin story

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Stunning even in black and white

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You don’t have to understand it

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Each piece seems to tell its own story

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Calligraphy is an experience

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Practice calligraphy on your computer too

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Bending beauty

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Wet and Wild

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Finger font makers

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This gif sums it up perfectly

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Beautiful love-lettering

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Emeralds don’t have to be green

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Golden Glittery ink makes it better

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Made you look

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Don’t you wish you could calligraph like this?

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Do you know of any calligraphy artists on Instagram and YouTube? Tell us!

Editor’s note: This is written for by Ivory Krähe. Ivory is a freelance writer, an art enthusiast, and owns way too many dolls. When she isn’t writing, she’s hunched over her desk, customizing a doll. You can check out her collection on Twitter.

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30 Beautiful Calligraphy GIFs You Can’t Stop Watching