In an age obsessed with e-mail and computers, many of us have forgotten the beauty of hand-lettering and have little understanding of letterforms and how they were originally crafted. The traditional art of calligraphy allows you to create uniquely individual pieces and Calligraphy - A Guide to Hand-Lettering provides a practical and inspirational guide to hand-lettering.
Beginning with a brief history of calligraphy, from Roman hands to Caroline; Gothic and Renaissance scripts, Calligraphy - A Guide to Hand-Lettering re-examines the source of letters we see and use every day. A series of alphabets then describes the strokes and characteristics of various calligraphic styles, backed-up with information on pens, inks and papers, using margins and judging line spacing, as well as techniques such as gilding, to provide the solid technical base you need to produce beautifully crafted pieces. Practical projects give examples of the wide range
of items that can be embellished with a distinctive script, from personalised stationery to greetings cards, invitations and keepsakes.
Offering guidance and inspiration to beginners and those with some experience of calligraphy alike, Calligraphy - A Guide to Hand-Lettering will open up the exciting possibilities of pen, paper and inks and encourage you to create highly individual projects.
Calligraphy - A Guide to Hand-Lettering explains the stylish art of beautiful calligraphy, guiding you through the essential techniques of hand-lettering, from mastering the pen to understanding and perfecting letterforms.
About the author
- 12 exciting projects, from practice pieces for beginners to more elaborate designs, including a multi-lingual calendar
- Practical advice and guidance on materials, tools and techniques
- Includes exemplars of the major scripts, explained and illustrated in detail
- Beautiful photography and designs will inspire those familiar to the art of lettering and would-be calligraphers alike.
- Written by Margaret Morgan, a professional calligrapher
Margaret Morgan is an experienced calligrapher. Trained originally as a graphic designer, she has worked in a variety of fields, including display design, packaging and advertising. A member
of both the Society of Scribes & Illuminators and the Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society, she regularly accepts public and private commissions. This is her second book.
1st edition 2001, Hb, 80pp, full colour throughout, 23.7 x 27 cm