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B2054. Arteffects / Green Arteffects by Jean Drysdale Green. 1993. 208pp. 8.25"x11". Paper.
A visual sampler, including step-by-step demonstrations, for experimenting with inks, watercolor, acrylics, oils, pastels, and unusual materials to achieve hundreds of different effects to use in your paintings. ArtEffects is divided into five sections that cover the most-used painting mediums: inks, watercolor, acrylics, oils, and pastels. Each section begins with a general discussion of the specific medium's unique properties, physical makeup, and methods of application, followed by a list of various materials that can be used in combination with the medium. This is followed by a display of examples (some with step-by-step demonstration) of the almost limitless textures and effects you can achieve by combining one medium with another or with the myriad papers and art-related products on the market today, as well as with household and other unexpected materials, such as cornstarch, string, and plastic wrap. Here, you can easily find out how a specific medium will perform in combination with, for example, sand, gold gouache, or acrylic modeling paste, and how that medium can be used in airbrush, stenciling, and monoprinting techniques.
B4111. Waters Rising: Letters from Florence B4111. Waters Rising: Letters from Florence /Waters.
2016. 496 pages. 7.25"x10.5". Hardcover & DVD
In Waters Rising: Letters from Florence, renowned calligrapher Sheila Waters recounts the story of the role that her husband Peter Waters (1930–2003) played as the person in charge of organizing the monumental efforts to save severely damaged books in the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze (National Library, Florence) after the devastating flood in 1966 fifty years ago.
In addition to letters and Sheila’s narrative diary and timeline of events, Randy Silverman, Head of Preservation, University of Utah, has written a thought-provoking introduction that puts those conservation efforts into the context of today’s practices. Also, Valerii P. Leonov has written an appreciation of Peter’s assistance in the aftermath of a fire in 1988 that ravaged the Library of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The accompanying DVD features a digital remastering of Roger Hill’s film Restoration of Books, Florence, 1968.
SD18. Art of Calligraphy & Lettering by Ferraro et al The Art of Calligraphy & Lettering: Master techniques for traditional and contemporary handwritten styles by Cari Ferraro, Arthur Newhall, Eugene Metcalf, John Stevens. 2011. 144pp. 9 "x12 ". Paper
Common shelf-wear. Some minor page warping from age.
Provides a broad scope of instruction, starting with basic calligraphic alphabets and moving to contemporary calligraphic characters. Creative step-by-step demonstrations introduce readers to illumination and word painting, while inspirational projects teach beginners how to incorporate their new skills into a variety of crafts.
Cari Ferraro has provided 13 alphabet exemplars (with guidelines) for beginners. For the intermediate and advanced scribe, John Stevens contributes many innovative alphabet styles.
SD36. Universal Penman/Bickham B255 The Universal Penman
By George Bickham. (1741). 212pp. 9"x13.75". Paper.
Spine and cover are both bent. Contains shelfwear.
212 pages done by a number of English master penmen of the 1700s, all engraved by Bickham. Shows a variety of Copperplate hands in a variety of sizes. Much non-pictorial flourishing. This is not an instructional manual, but for the study of letterforms this is the best historical source book.
B4113. Art Before Breakfast / Gregory B4113. Art Before Breakfast by Danny Gregory. 2015. 160pp. 6.5"x8.5". Flexi-bind.
Packed with the signature can-do attitude that makes beloved artist Danny Gregory a creativity guru to thousands across the globe, this unique guide serves up a hearty helping of inspiration. For aspiring artists who want to draw and paint but just can't seem to find time in the day, Gregory offers 5- to 10-minute exercises for every skill level that fit into any schedule--whether on a plane, in a meeting, or at the breakfast table--along with practical instruction on techniques and materials, plus strategies for making work that's exciting, unintimidating, and fulfilling. Filled with Gregory's encouraging words and motivating illustrations, Art Before Breakfast teaches readers how to develop a creative habit and lead a richer life through making art.
B4120. Beginning Illumination: Learning the Ancient Art / Travers B4120. Beginning Illumination: Learning the Ancient Art, Step by Step by Claire Travers. 2016. 80pp. 8.5"x11". Hardcover
This photo-filled guide offers you all the information you need to begin the fascinating ancient art of illumination and then to improve your skills.
Starts with a short history of illumination with photos from medieval masterpieces, then you're introduced to the materials and basic techniques. You learn the proper ways of preparing vellum, selecting pigments, gilding, and using color. Next, the steps of illuminating are clearly taught in detail, step by step. Discusses borders, human faces, flourishes, dragons and other creatures, and much more.
B2504. At Home with Artistic Penwork (Individual) B2504. At Home with Artistic Penwork
By Stephen A Ziller. 8.5" x 5.25". Paper.
First published in the 1940s for home instruction.
Choose from five instructional books on pointed pen work: Book 1- Business Writing (64pp.)
Book 2 - Artistic Writing: Spencerian & Ornamental (32pp),
Book 3 - Card Writing (32pp),
Book 4 - Engrossing Alphabets (32pp),
Book 5 - Bird & Design Flourishing (32pp)
B4124. Snail Mail: Rediscovering the Art & Craft of Handmade Correspondence B4124. Snail Mail: Rediscovering the Art & Craft of Handmade Correspondence by Michelle Mackintosh. 2015. 224pp. 6.5"x9". Hardcover.
Snail Mail reintroduces the lost pleasure and art of personal correspondence, beautiful presentation, and manners to today’s world of instant communication. It aims to bring back handwritten communication in one beautifully illustrated and perfectly proper little package. Inspired by Japanese stationery and letter-writing culture, Michelle Mackintosh introduces the reader to the charm of the handwritten letter, personalized packages, and handcrafted stationery. Beautifully illustrated and complete with cutout postcard designs, papercraft, and rubber stamp templates, Snail Mail is full of equally useful and whimsical advice, like how to say "thank you" in a letter and other old-school etiquette; how to take time and reflect on your life through writing; how to improve and celebrate your own handwriting; how to make your own paper; how to romance someone the old-school way; how to make pen friends and DIY beautiful invitations for any occasion. It’s time to take back the written word!
B4126. Calligraphy for Everyone (Russian) / Pronenko B4126. Calligraphy for Everyone by Leonid Pronenko. 3rd Edition, 2017. 320pp. 7.6"x11.4". Hardcover
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I have a copy of the second edition of this book (2011), and it is a joy to behold. While I don’t read Russian, the hundreds of reproductions of calligraphy, lettering, and calligraphic art - mostly from the last 25 years of the twentieth century - are enough. There are examples from everyone from Alice to Zapf (along with some little-seen works from Russian scribes), filling the vast majority of the 300-plus pages of calligraphic eye candy. It is a picture book - lavishly illustrated is certainly an apt description. The printing is superb, full color throughout, on creamy, uncoated stock. It looks and feels like a book that would cost two or three times a much. I don’t think you will be disappointed. The text is in Russian, so I can’t tell you much about it. A brief history of calligraphy is followed by a section on calligraphic types. The last chapter seems to be about correspondence and has examples of letters to Pronenko, mostly in English, from Martin Jackson, Albert Kapr, Hermann Zapf, Kargeorg Hoefer , Sidney Day, GSE Briem, Tim Girvin, Serrit Noordij, Rick Cusik, among others (there are also some greeting cards in this section).