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B2927. Mexican Blackletter / Paoli
Mexican Blackletter By Cristina Paoli. 2006. 96pp. 10"x11". Hardcover

Blackletter is a popular script in Mexico for everything from folk art to signage. This book introduces the kinds of Blackletter, the cultural connotations of Blackletter, and those specific to Mexico. It then presents the photos of many examples of uses of Blackletter in signage in its colorful variations: standard, drop shadow, extended & condensed, and deviations & unpredictable. The several full-color collage pages of collages of single letters are a visual treat. (This book is about the vernacular use rather than refined calligraphic forms.)




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B2769. Foundations of Calligraphy / Waters
By Sheila Waters. 2006. 126pp. 9"x11.25". Concealed spiral binding. Now in its third printing. Hardcover.

In the 110 pages of exemplar alphabets, instruction, and hints, Sheila shares with you the knowledge she has gathered over her decades of study and practice. She provides insightful analysis of forms and constructions and helps you learn and work toward mastery of the alphabets. The presentation is honed by her vast experience teaching calligraphers how to advance their skills and art. Sheila Waters is not only a master scribe, but a master teacher. She has made both her life's work.

Chapters include Basics & Beyond, Analysis & Practice, Design & Layout, Conception to Completion, and Applying Design Principles. Foundational, Blackletter, Gothic Cursives, Uncial & Half Uncial, Carolingian, Italic, and Italic Variations are covered with thorough instruction for each. Foundational and Italic receive particular attention.

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B1137-2. Vol II of Spencerian Script &.../Sull
Volume II of Spencerian Script and Ornamental Penmanship
By Michael R. Sull. 1989. 596pp. 8.5"x11". Paper. Spiral-bound. $29.95.

Contains the penmanship of Platt Rogers Spencer and features over 1,000 reproductions of ornamental alphabets, correspondence writing, signature designs, novelty styles, and off-hand flourishing as penned by the great master penman. Volume I is no longer available.




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DVD23. Off Hand Flourishing DVD
Off-Hand DVD: Flourishing Techniques for Ornamental
Penmanship by Michael Sull. 106 Minutes. Color.

Covers basic tools and materials: pen points, oblique
holders, papers. Continues with preparing and using colored
and gold inks including mixing a sepia ink from vermilion
sumi & Higgins Eternal, using Dr.Martin’s Bleedproof White & Schmincke metallic gouaches. Begins with the primary flourishing strokes. Presents the basic steps for cartouches, scrolls, border designs, quills, birds, title flourishing, accent flourishes, and creative patterns. Finishes with a selection of over 50 different historical designs by a range of master penmen. It’s the closest thing to having Michael in the
room teaching you!

All our DVDs are made to run on USA and Canada machines. If you live outside North America, you should check with the manual for your machine to see if it can play NTSC format DVD’s. If your DVD player can’t play our DVD’s, your computer may be able to.



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B3896. Simply Paper Cutting / Bondoc
Simply Paper Cutting: Hand-Cut Paper Projects for Home Decor, Stationery & Gifts by Anna Bondoc. 2012. 144pp. 8.5"x11". Paper

This unique approach to paper cutting features bold graphic motifs drawing on Japanese, Scandinavian, and Arts & Crafts designs. Through projects and step-by-step instructions, papers are layered and re-cut to create richly textured paper creations - works of art and craft that appeal to the eye and your sense of touch. Anna demonstrates how a single motif can be arranged in multiple ways and then shows you how to apply the various techniques to note cards, journals, and gift boxes. The book includes stencils for each project, along with suggestions for alternative sizes/applications. Tools and materials are simple: craft knife, glue, and a cutting mat.



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B3891. How To Write Copperplate / Ebrahimi
How to Write Copperplate by Hamid Reza Ebrahimi. 2010. 40pp English, 28pp Persian (Farsi). 8.5"x11". Paper

A good, thorough, and beautiful introduction to Copperplate script with letter-by-letter instruction and guide sheets. Use the book with Hamid’s online videos for comprehensive instruction. The English text, written in the author’s elegant script, is printed in dark brown on cream colored pages. 8 full-color illustrations. Hamid has taught the script since 1997.



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B2765. Books With Girth/Moote, Cherryl
Books With Girth
By Cherryl Moote. 2005. 220pp. 8-1/2" x 11". Paper.

This instruction manual covers books that have thick spines. Included are sewn books like Coptic, longstitch and Secret Belgian Binding and many unsewn books like piano hinge, interlocking signatures, and the Spectabular book. The instructions are detailed and accompanied by clear diagrams, suggestions for variations and photos of the projects. The fifth in her bestselling series of instructional
manuals.



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DVD14. Gilding for Calligraphers DVD
Gilding for Calligraphers.
By Sally Mae Joseph (Sally Teague), one of the scribes working on the St. John's Bible.

Selecting and preparing vellum, slaking plaster and making gesso, gilding using loose leaf gold, preparing gum ammoniac and gilding with transfer gold, painting with shell gold and color. 130 minutes.

All our DVD’s are made to run on USA and Canada machines. If you live outside North America, you should check with the manual for your machine to see if it can play NTSC format DVD’s. If your DVD player can’t play our DVD’s, your computer may be able to.



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DVD16. Modern Gilding for Calligraphers DVD
Modern Gilding for Calligraphers.
By Sally Mae Joseph (Sally Teague), one of the scribes working on the St. John's Bible.

Curing and cutting quills; using quills and metal pens on paper and vellum; writing with gesso; using brushes on fabric; combining traditional and modern sizes; and laying looseleaf, transfer, shell gold, & platinum on vellum, paper & fabric. 70 minutes.

All our DVD’s are made to run on USA and Canada machines. If you live outside North America, you should check with the manual for your machine to see if it can play NTSC format DVD’s. If your DVD player can’t play our DVD’s, your computer may be able to.



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B2132. Calligraphy/Mediavilla
Calligraphy
By Claude Mediavilla. 1996. 336 pp. 10" x 13". Hardcover.

An encyclopedic treatment of calligraphy: tools and materials, the history of writing & script, the historical hands (Roman caps, rustic, Roman cursive, uncial, Carolingian, gothic scripts, Renaissance writing styles - including 22 model alphabets with ductus), the writing masters, the
20th century calligraphic revival and calligraphy & abstract painting. 490 illustrations, 200 in color. Full of color illustrations from historical sources and from contemporary scribes. It is also full of Mediavilla’s work which is seldom seen in the USA. Worth the price.



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