Do you take pride in your penmanship? Do you like to create beautiful letters? Then try your hand at calligraphy! Not only will you learn to how to shape letters from traditional and modern alphabets, but you'll also find lots of fun projects to show off your new flair for writing.
The Italic alphabet is a good place to start, since it's one of the most popular calligraphy styles. Practice each letter carefully till you've mastered them all, then try writing a sentence or two. You can work your way up to creating invitations and notes-all in Italic!
And don't forget about Gothic. The Gothic alphabet began over 700 years ago in the Middle Ages. Yet Gothic is what many people today think of when they hear the word calligraphy. The letters are tall and narrow, and are written closely together. You'll also learn a modern Gothic style that's fun to write. The letters begin and end with thin lines and seem to dance along on the page.
Now you're ready to create several cool projects. Write a favorite poem in calligraphy and hang it on a wall. Design personalized stationery with your name in initials, and beautifully address envelopes to match. Turn your thoughts into words for a sign to put on your bedroom door or desk. Or try calligrams, pictures made from words or letters.
With 1-2-3 Calligraphy! you'll be on your way toward becoming a pro. All it takes are a pen and a few sheets of paper to begin.
From cards to signs to invitations-hand lettering makes everything look much nicer. If you already like calligraphy, expand on your knowledge. If you're a newcomer, don't worry-with 1-2-3 Calligraphy! you'll be creating fancy lettering in no time. The simple exercises early on will prepare you for the projects at the end. After that, the sky's the limit! Use your imagination to develop your own bright ideas to test your calligraphy skills.
Calligrapher and artist Eleanor Winters's work has been featured in New York's Franklin 54 Gallery. She is the author of Calligraphy for Kids. Eleanor lives in New York and France.
1st edition, 2006, Hb, 128pp, full colour throughout, 22.3 x 28.5 cm