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B3168-P. Gilded Page PB / Whitley
The Gilded Page: The History and Technique of Manuscript Gilding by Kathleen P. Whitley. 2009. 238pp. 6"x9". Paperback.

Explains in detail the historical and modern techniques of manuscript gilding, along with recipes and helpful hints. Learn step-by-step methods of applying and burnishing gold, described in a sensible and easy-to-understand way. Learn about the tools, methods, and materials employed in flat, raised, and pattern gilding for manuscripts and paintings, along with historical mordants such as Gesso Sottile, Gum Ammoniac, Gum Arabic, and Garlic Juice; and modern mordants such as Acrylic Gesso and White Glue. Second edition; revised, with the addition of color plates and new information on ancient Egyptian Papyrus gilding.



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B3148. Uncommon Numbers II / Zoby
Uncommon Numbers II edited by Brenda Casey Zoby.
2010. 64pp. 8.5"x5.5". Paper

A further number anthology with contributions by Marsha Brady, Larry Brady, Denis Brown, Michael Clark, Georgia Deaver, Eliza Holliday, Mike Kecseg, Jean Larcher, Judy Melvin, Brody Neuenschwander, Charles Pearce, John Stevens, Sheila Waters, Ann Alaia Woods, and more.
It showcases styles, techniques, and lettering artists and also includes information about dealing calligraphically with fractions, ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd), and Roman numerals.

Essential information for every working calligraphy library.

Special Offer: Get a complete set of all three
Uncommon Numbers books in a slipcase for only $39.95.
Use item code B4133 Uncommon Numbers Trilogy.




View a page from Larry Brady and Emily Brown Shield.



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B3909. Little Book of Lettering / Donley
B3909. Little Book of Lettering by Emily Gregory. 2012. 192pp. 6.25x7.25. Hardcover

This inspirational collection of contemporary lettering - handwritten, hand-drawn and digitally rendered - is wide in scope and displays the work of a wide range of lettering artists.




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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 feature 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




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B3911. Sign Painters / Levine
B3911. Sign Painters by Faythe Levine, Sam Macon. 2012. 176pp. 7.5x 9.5 Paper

As recently as the 1980s, storefronts, murals, banners, barn signs, billboards, and even street signs were hand-lettered with brush and paint. (This skilled trade has been largely replaced by computer-designed, die-cut vinyl lettering and inkjet printers.) This book documents these dedicated practitioners, their time-honored methods, and their appreciation for quality and craftsmanship. It features stories and photographs of more than two dozen sign painters working in cities throughout the United States profiling sign painters young and old, from the new vanguard working solo to collaborative shops such as San Francisco's New Bohemia Signs and New York's Colossal Media's Sky High Murals. 200 color illustrations.




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B4097. Complete Calligraphy Skills / Lunniss
B4097. Complete Calligraphy Skills by Vivien Lunniss. 2015. 192 Pages. 7.75"x9". Paper

Provides step-by-step instruction along with online tutorials that expand on the content of the book, making this one of the most comprehensive and user-friendly calligraphy manuals available. Inside, readers will find a history of calligraphy, from its early beginnings to its 21st-century revival; the essential tools and materials needed to get started; an overview of the basic principles, letter parts and weights, pen angle, and more; and exercises for 20 fonts, from Uncials and Anglo-Saxon scripts, to Roman capitals, Gothic, and even modern, freeform, drawn lettering. More than 300 full-color illustrations.

The online movie tutorials highlight the key alphabet styles and can be accessed through QR codes and URLs and will demonstrate how each letter is created. More than 300 full-color illustrations.



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B2769-AIRMAIL. Foundations of Calligraphy including Airmail shipping
B2769. Foundations of Calligraphy 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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B2769-CANADA. Foundations of Calligraphy including Canada shipping
B2769. CANADA Foundations of Calligraphy By Sheila Waters. 2006. 126pp. 9"x11.25". Concealed spiral binding. Now in its third printing. Hardcover.

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Shipping time for airmail is generally 2 to 3 weeks. Surface takes 4 to 6 weeks

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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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Read more about Sheila and her work, courtesy of The Gettysburg Companion.



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

Price INCLUDES shipping costs via SURFACE to Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Cayman Islands, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Holland, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom

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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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Read more about Sheila and her work, courtesy of The Gettysburg Companion.



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B4089. ABC of Custom Lettering, The / Castro
B4089. The ABC of Custom Lettering by Ivan Castro. 2016. 176pp. 8.5"x10.25". Paper

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This practical and inspirational workbook features easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for hand drawing a range of letterforms, from Modern Roman and Gothic to Latin, Script, and Interlocked. Offering traditional instruction methods with a modern twist, this reference also comes with gallery sections for inspiration and accompanying projects to practice your technique.




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