Expert Answers to the Questions Every Calligrapher Asks
From making sure you have the right equipment to fixing common mistakes, this book has all the reliable answers you need to build your confidence and reach new levels of penmanship.
Whether you want to find the right pen angle, correct a word spacing mistake or create rewarding projects, like a letterhead, this book answers 200 questions on a vast range of important topics.
Introduction to the book by the author
- Detailed step-by-step photographs and illustrations help explain techniques and effects - ideal for both beginners and more experienced calligraphers
- Valuable and reliable advice from a leading expert on all aspects of the art of beautiful handwriting
- Chapters cover choosing the right equipment, how to write in different scripts; creating embellishments and borders using colour effectively and guidelines for successful layout and design
Calligraphy, the art of beautiful writing, is steeped in noble history and cultural richness. At its peak, it was used to create beautiful Books of Hours and other religious, scientific, astrologic and literary books during the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. Previous to that, it was seen in elaborately written and decorated manuscripts such as The Book of Kells and the Lindisfarne Gospels as early as the eighth century. Were it not for the innovative calligraphy work of Edward Johnston (1872-1944), creator of the Foundational hand, calligraphy might not have risen from the dead following the invention of movable type by Gutenberg (1398-1468). Thanks to Edward Johnston's work, calligraphy resurfaced and was set on a path of revitalisation during the early part of the Arts and Crafts movement and it continues to enjoy popularity as an art form and foundation for a multitude of design studies.
This book, in an easy-to-use, question-and-answer format, includes calligraphic examples from many lettering artists working today. You will find directions here for practising the basic strokes that make up each letter, full alphabets with instructions for re-creating them and a section on tools and materials as well as suggestions on how to organise your workspace. There are expert tips throughout, advice on creating embellishments, borders and decorated letters and some important guidelines for the successful layout and design of your calligraphic work. Finally, there are projects that will show you how to use and develop your lettering skills to create unique books, posters, invitations and letterheads.
It is my hope that this book will provide inspiration and guidance for the novice calligrapher, tips to help the experienced solve problems and design techniques for the more advanced. Photos and diagrams clearly illustrate the methods described, providing a reliable and useful reference for many years to come as the reader advances through new levels of expertise.
One aspect of calligraphy that may come as a surprise is its therapeutic quality. Because of its careful, deliberate strokes, it makes every calligrapher slow down, concentrate and let go of the day's busy demands. Therein lies one of calligraphy's most gratifying attributes. When forced to slow down and focus on the task at hand, we discover how joyful the creation of a thing of beauty can be!!
1st edition, 2012, paperback, 224pp, full colour throughout, 15 x 20 cm