B3948. Modern Calligraphy / Thorpe B3948. Modern Calligraphy by Molly Suber Thorpe. 2013. 192pp. 8.5"x9.5". Paper
Teaches Molly's bold style of Copperplate that looks stylish and fresh, yet still refined. After an overview of supplies, you learn letters, words, then phrases with the clear instructions and exemplars. You then learn how to write with gouache and watercolor and how to digitize your calligraphy for printed items. The 20 projects provide inspiration for weddings, entertainment, and personal stationery. The final section is practical info for the working scribe, including strategies for large-batch projects and hints for left-handers.
B3910. Mastering Calligraphy / Godfrey B3910. Mastering Calligraphy: The Complete Guide to Hand Lettering by Gaye Godfrey-Nicholls. 2013. 288pp. 9x10. Hardcover
This elegant book presents historical hands (such as Roman Capitals, Foundational, Uncial, Carolingian, Gothic, Italic); gestural and ruling pen forms; pointed pen alphabets and brush written forms. For each hand, a main alphabet with ductus is paired with variations and interspersed are profiles of calligraphers and examples of their work that features the hand. In addition, at the end of each section there is a related gallery (there are over 125 works shown). Chapters cover backgrounds and colors, layout and composition, illumination, digitizing hand lettering, and creating digital forms.
Gaye Godfrey-Nicholls is a professional calligrapher and teacher based in Perth, Australia
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.
B3350. Italic & Copperplate Calligraphy / Winters Italic & Copperplate Calligraphy: The Basics and Beyond by Eleanor Winters. 2011. 229pp. 8-3/8"x11". Paper $24.95.
Covers letter variations (form, weight and proportions), flourishing and design, commercial and personal calligraphy, and calligraphic writing. The book shows how many principles and applications apply to both hands. Displays the work by many well-known calligraphers, showing their use of Copperplate and Italic. This is an intermediate-level book, but it also contains a good review of the basics.
Eleanor Winters' Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy is a thorough beginner's manual and highly recommended as your first instructional book on this hand. This brand new book builds on the skills you learned with her first book by providing additional Copperplate (and Italic) instruction.
B1109. Mastering Copperplate / Winters Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy: A Step-by-Step Manual by Eleanor Winters. 1989. 192pp. 8.25" x 11". Paper.
A self-contained manual for serious students, including beginners. Part one places Copperplate in historical context. Part two begins with a glossary and detailed information on pens, paper, ink, and other materials. It includes indispensable technical tips, guidelines, how to use the pen, and 99 pages of detailed instruction covering minuscule, capitals, numbers, punctuation, and writing in various sizes.
Part three deals with writing in color and the design and execution of simple projects, such as envelopes and small poems.
B368. Ames Compendium of Practical.../Ames Ames Compendium of Practical & Ornamental Penmanship By Daniel T.Ames. 1883. Reprint 1978. 60pp. 8.5"x11". Three-ring Binder
Eight pages of good instruction on writing and letterforms
(Spencerian & copperplate) are followed by examples and alphabets. Flourishing (birds, feathers, etc.) is next, followed by pages of 19th-century ornamental lettering of all sorts. If you are interested in pointed pen writing, this book is a must buy.
B145. Zanerian Manual of Alphabets and Engrossing The Zanerian Manual of Alphabets and Engrossing. 1981. 140pp. 8"x10.5". Spiral.
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The first 21 pages by E.A. Lupfer provide some of the best Copperplate instruction available. He was a master of the hand. Other engrossing alphabets are shown, as well as many examples of engrossed pieces. Revised & reissued at intervals since it was first published as Zanerian Alphabets in 1895. This latest version is printed on glossy paper. The quality of some images is not as good as others.
K100-B. Copperplate Kit: Basic with Book Basic Copperplate Kit with Book
Contains the basic items you need to learn copperplate. Includes the instructional book Mastering Copperplate by Eleanor Winters and materials that go along with her book: Hunt plastic oblique holder, 6 Nikko G nibs, Higgins Eternal ink, Boris Layout Pad (9"x12", 50 sheets).
For beginners, Eleanor now recommends Nikko G Nibs, which were not available when she wrote the book.
All the items you need to learn copperplate. Contains the instructional book Mastering Copperplate by Eleanor Winters and materials that go along with her book: Blackwell Plastic Oblique Holder, Gum Arabic Powder, Boris Layout Pad (9"x12", 100 sheets), Canson Pro Layout Pad, 6 Nikko G nibs, 3 Hunt 56 nibs, 1 Zebra G nib, Higgins Eternal Ink.
The Blackwell Plastic Oblique Holder has the metal flange that allows you to easily use most any pointed nib and also adjusts the angle of the nib to the paper to reduce catching on upstrokes.
For beginners, Eleanor now recommends Nikko G Nibs, which were not available when she wrote the book. This kit inludes 6 Nikko G Nibs, in addition to the nibs above.