B2769. Foundations of Calligraphy / Waters By Sheila Waters. 2006. 126pp. 9"x11.25". Concealed spiral binding. Now in its third printing. Hardcover.
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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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B3350. Italic & Copperplate Calligraphy / Winters Italic & Copperplate Calligraphy: The Basics and Beyond by Eleanor Winters. 2011. 229pp. 8-3/8"x11". Paper
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.
B3098. Calligraphy Alphabets for Beginners B3098. Calligraphy Alphabets for Beginners:The Easy Way to Learn Lettering and Illumination Techniques by Mary Noble and Janet Mehigan. 2008. 256pp. 6.5"x8". Hardcover, concealed spiral
Presents instruction for Uncial, Foundational, Carolingian, Italic, Flourished Italic Copperplate, Gothic, Lombardic Capitals & numerals. Letters are presented in groups of similar forms with ductus and stop-action photos. Final section presents adding metallics and color to letters and pieces using some newer techniques.
REVIEW: These small format hidden spiral hardcover books are very popular. They don't take up area on your work space, and unlike paperbacks, they lie completely flat. No matter how you learn best, there is instruction for you. In this instructional manual each letter is presented individually with ductus, that is the combination of the letter with the little arrows and numbers indicating stroke sequence and direction. For those who like written instructions, this stroke order and direction is put into words as well. And finally there is a three panel strip of stop action photography showing the pen as it constructs the letter. That is not totally accurate. The pen is not actually stroking the letter as there is no ink in the pens used. However, this is actually a visual plus. Because the tip of the pen is not coated in black ink, you can see how more clearly how the the pen is placed on the paper. The letters of each hand are presented in a logical sequence. Generally letters with similar shapes are presented before moving on to other letters of similar shapes. At the bottom of each page, there are one line exercises to develop rhythm & help with spacing.
The hands (alphabets) are also presented in a logical sequence. Uncial is first. Stan Knight has proposed this as beginning alphabet over Italic. Unlike italic, there is no slant to the letters. There is only a majuscule (capital) alphabet to learn. So the student can gain working facility with a basic Uncial alphabet more quickly than italic. From Uncial its Foundational minuscule (lowercase), Roman majuscules, Carolingian, Formal Italic, Flourished Italic Copperplate, Gothic, Lombardic Capitals. They finish up with numbers and the ampersand. Instruction is given only for an upright set of numbers, exemplars are provided for Carolingian and Gothic. You are left on your own for Italic, Copperplate and Lombardic Capitals. If you already own instruction books by Mary Noble and Janet Mehigan that cover these hands, you may already have the material in this book.
There is a thirteen page final section on adding color and gold to calligraphic pieces. The authors present a lot in a few pages only allowing for concise instructions.
B2979. Little Manual of Calligraphy / Pearce Little Manual of Calligraphy By Charles Pearce. 1981, 2006. 32pp. 8"x10". Paper
Handwritten throughout, this is one of the most beautiful calligraphy manuals. Each hand is presented with an exemplar alphabet with ductus. Pearce is a master scribe and his manual belongs in every calligraphers library - beginner, intermediate and advanced.
B2623. Calligrapher's Bible The Calligrapher's Bible: 100 Complete Alphabets and How to Draw Them
By David Harris. 2003. 256pp. 6.3"x8.2". Hardcover, hidden spiral.
A brief section on tools, materials and techniques is followed by an amazing array of alphabets: medieval and modern, formal and informal. Each has an exemplar alphabet with ductus, including pen angle changes within strokes for certain alphabets. The opposite page has instructions on the basic structures of the letters for the hand. Includes broad edge, pointed pen, and brush alphabets. The small size & spiral format makes it easy to use. (Note: The instructional photos for the pointed pen script alphabets do not follow the standard practice in the USA).
K104. Italic Calligraphy Beginner's Kit Use this instructional and informative workbook and a fountain pen that exactly fits the exercises.Kit contains Simply Calligraphy by Judy Detrick, A 2.0mm Pilot Parallel Pen, and a pad of JNB Graph paper.
B4091. Simply Calligraphy
FP68 - 2.0. Left hand modified Pilot Parallel Pen.
P22. JNB Graph Pad.
To see the items in this kits, please search for FP68, B4091, and P22. (separate searches).
K105. Calligraphy Dip Pen Beginner's Set Calligraphy Dip Pen Starter Kit: This kit contains everything you need to begin your journey into calligraphy: nibs and holder, ink, an instructional book and practice paper that won't bleed. These products are highest quality and come highly recommended. The Brause nibs are a well made and sturdy German product, ideal for beginners, the Higgins Ink is non waterproof and won't build up on your nibs if you rinse it off after every use, the cotton comp pad does not feather or bleed, and Calligraphy Alphabets for Beginners is an excellent manual.
Kit contents: Broad Edge Nib Sampler, Wood Holder Higgins Eternal Ink, 9x12 Cotton Comp Pad, Calligraphy Alphabet for Beginners.
B2225. Enrich Your Calligraphy / Wilson Enrich Your Calligraphy
By Diana Hardy Wilson. 1996. 175pp. 7.75"x11.25". Hardcover.
This is not a book about letterforms but about how to go about creating calligraphic pieces. Further, unlike many recent calligraphy books, this book is generous with the text rather than being a printed slide show with captions. Wilson explains how to be a maker of calligraphic work with both practical and philosophical discussions about design, creativity, and the actual production.
B2830. Finding the Flow/Jonas Finding the Flow: A Calligraphic Journey by Gina Jonas. 2006. 85pp. 8.5" x 11". Spiral bound. Paper
A new approach to calligraphy for all levels, which acquaints the scribe with the essential but largely unexplored dynamics of stroke technique. Through stroke exercises with pencil and edged pen you explore vital movement and sensitive touch. You discover how shoulder, arm, fingers, and pen combine with alternating of pressure. The exercises lead to an intimate understanding of the edged pen: a foundation for formal alphabet study, creative alphabet design, and artistic self-expression! Begin
your calligraphy practice before starting formal alphabet study by warming up, sensitizing, and integrating mind and body. Full of illustrations and diagrams.
B2629. Calligraphy for Kids / Winters Calligraphy for Kids.
By Eleanor Winters. 2004. 128pp. 8.5"x11". Paper.
A kid-friendly guide. The tools, techniques, & projects have been chosen specifically with children in mind. Alphabets are introduced with mono-line tools. Chisel-edged markers are used instead of dip pens. Includes guidelines (which can be photocopied).