Publisher’s Synopsis :
A treasure for anyone who loves writing, this book contains a world of calligraphic instruction and ideas for decorating your lettering. Whether you want to learn about formal calligraphy, or simply find inspiration for a special gift, master calligrapher Jan Pickett shows you what you need to know in this inspiring and exciting book.
The act of writing can be creative, meditative and very enjoyable. Whether you want to personalise your wedding stationary, create unique greetings cards, or add a special touch to display your poetry, decorated lettering transforms even the mundane into something personal and beautiful.
A comprehensive course in all aspects of decorated lettering; this book is suitable for beginners, experienced calligraphers and all those interested in the magical world of lettering. In fact, it is for everyone who loves letters.
About the author :
Jan Pickett’s whole life has been a love affair with of all forms of art and lettering.
She enjoys creating exuberantly colourful and fun decorated lettering as well as preparing more serious and formal calligraphic work within the commercial world.
A Fellow of the Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society and a Fellow of the Society of Scribes & Illuminators, Jan has been teaching for more than twenty years.
On the birth of Prince William, she was commissioned to prepare the gilded scroll, which was presented to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to commemorate the occasion.
A typical week for Jan is a delightful mix of teaching calligraphy, meeting lots of people and working to deadlines within the commercial world, be it lettering or illustrating. As she says 'It's a real pleasure and I feel very lucky to do something that I find so enjoyable."
Introduction to the book by the author :
Welcome to the wonderful world of lettering in all its forms – written, drawn, decorated and delicious! I love exuberantly coloured letterforms, as well as experimenting in order to use them for a wide range of applications. My approach to calligraphic and hand-drawn lettering in this book is to enhance designs with both traditional and contemporary decoration, making it visually exciting, interesting and appropriate to the subject matter.
Friends and family love receiving gifts and cards for important occasions and birthdays. These are made very special when they are handmade and personalised. This is a win-win situation, as you have the enjoyment of preparing the work, along with the pleasure of giving your work to an appreciative response – a perfect goal for your calligraphic ventures.
The first section of this book covers the materials used throughout the various projects. Following this, is a section that covers, and explains, the main differences between pen-drawn and hand-drawn lettering. Eight calligraphic alphabets are illustrated, together with the required pen angles, common group structures and stroke order. Following these more traditional alphabets are a number of hand-drawn compound alphabets, patterns, embellishments and decoration for you to use in your own artwork. They are presented with helpful tips on layout and design, and supported by a clear explanation of both the art and the science of colour, so that you can make the very best use of the included projects.
This book is a comprehensive course in all aspects of decorated lettering, suitable for beginners, experienced calligraphers and all those interested in the magical world of lettering. In fact, it is for everyone who loves letters.
The many examples I have had such pleasure in preparing are designs inspired by the countless wonderful examples we see throughout the history of western lettering of the past two thousand years, from decorated manuscripts to the imaginative works of the Victorian era. Many evolved through the sheer pleasure of playing and having fun with letters and experimenting with different materials.
Working through the chapters will help you achieve a wide range of versatile designs, using relatively simple forms of decoration, all of which are fun to do and fabulous to receive. These same decorative ideas can be readily adapted and applied to other designs, allowing you to create an infinite number of attractive designs. If all of this sounds interesting, then this is definitely the book for you.
Bookseller’s Comments :
Did you notice that this book is only £12.99!!
This is truly a beautiful and colourful book that is packed with information, hints and tips, do and don’ts, how to avoid the common mistakes, spacing issues, etc, etc. Highly recommended for accomplished calligraphers and those that are new to the art.
Whatever your experience level – be prepared to learn a lot and have a lot of fun learning!!
To give you an idea of the wide scope of this book. Its chapters include: