B4026. Letterwriting in Renaissance England B4026. Letterwriting in Renaissance England. 2005. 216pp. 9"x12". Paper.
We have many books on the formal hands and the books great and small that they were used in. However, there is much less for the general reader on the everyday use of the handwritten word in correspondence. This book fills part of that gap. There are short discussions of tools, letterwriting manuals, the letter and social signals, use of secretaries, love and friendship, and the postal “system.” There are wonderful examples with thorough descriptions, providing further insight into the subject. The book is elegantly designed and finely printed to grace your bookshelves. Though the exhibit is long past, with this book you get to savor it at your leisure, sitting down in a comfortable chair with your favorite beverage.
B4021. Brilliant History of Color in Art / Finlay B4021. The Brilliant History of Color in Art by Victoria Finlay. 2014. 128pp. 9"x10.15". Hardcover
This is no dry discussion of pigments, but rather an engaging and entertaining exploration around the colors artist use and how they came to be. The author tells of Cleopatra and purple, Napoleon and the graphite pencil, cobalt blue and forged Vermeers, and much more as she brings us into her quest to uncover the origins and science of color. All is related in the warm conversational style that helped make Finlay’s earlier book on color so popular. But unlike that earlier book, this rich narrative is illustrated in full-color throughout - with 166 major works of art, most from the collections of the Getty Museum.
B2082. Art of the Saint John's Bible: Complete Reader's Guide / Sink B2082. The Art of The Saint John's Bible: The Complete Reader's Guide by Susan Sink. 2013. 304pp. 6"x9". Paper
Combines the three volumes by this title in one. Since The Saint John's Bible is now complete, the text has been revised, making connections between images and motifs that reoccur throughout the work. Images are viewed and reflected on as part of the whole. The book will intensify and expand your experience with The Saint John's Bible.
B3438. Zenspirations / Fink Zenspirations by Joanne Fink. 2011. 52pp. 8.5"x8.5". Paper
Well-known calligrapher and author Joanne Fink has developed a love for pattern. In this book she shows you how to turn simple lines into attractive designs through exercises that build on each other. Her passion is contagious, and her doodled shapes will inspire you to have fun with the process. You will find intriguing ideas for filling borders, edges and spaces with creative flourishes. You will be on your way to creating decorative borders, frames, and shapes - some using letters and words. Calligraphy skills not required! "Patterning is fun, easy and relaxing - and it is a great way to add interest and texture to any design." - Joanne Fink
B3206. Scripsit: Graceful Envelope III Graceful Envelope Scripsit III edited by Lorraine Swerdloff. 2009. 24pp. 8.5"x11". Paper. Volume 31.1
The third issue of this popular series presents envelopes from the 2006, 2007 and 2008 contests. The themes are: Fine Line, Mailable Feast, and C's the Day. The envelopes are diverse and beautiful -- a wonderful selection for ideas & inspiration and just to enjoy.
B3044. Art Expose/Judy Melvin Art Expose: A Collection of Techniques for Creative Expression by Judy Melvin. 2008. 20pp. 8.25"x8.25". Paper.
Judy has put her workshop notes into book form. It's a book of how to make beautiful artwork using the techniques for creative expression that she teaches. Full color. Includes:
Sumi Ink & Sink Art, Sumi Ink & TECH Ink, Gesso, Pastels & Stencils, Bleach & Pastels, and Walnut Ink.
B3323. Constructing and Covering Boxes / Hollander Constructing and Covering Boxes: A Beginner’s Guide by Tom & Cindy Hollander. 2009. 64pp. 8.5"x11". Paper
If you want to make boxes, you need to buy this book. It is a treasure.
Tom and Cindy present very thorough instruction for only two box projects: a hinged box and a clamshell box. Each stage of the box is broken down into detailed steps, each illustrated with a good color photo. (There are over 230 photos in the book.) Using the book is similar to having a master box maker demonstrating the construction for you - and also showing you all the small techniques that are so important in a well-crafted box. First, they show and tell you the tools and materials you will need and why you need them. Then they present how to determine the grain of book board, bookcloth, and paper. Next is cutting board and covering materials, followed by two pages and thirteen instructional photos presenting the essentials of gluing. Now you are ready to learn how to make the two boxes! At the end of the book are fill-in-the-blank worksheets to figure each of the pieces needed for different sizes of the two boxes, plus a glossary and thirty examples of boxes to inspire you. Dimensions are given in inches.
B3555. Illustrated Life, An / Gregory An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration from the Private Sketchbooks of Artists, Illustrators and Designers by Danny Gregory. 2008. 272pp. 10"x8". Paper
Offers a look into the imaginations of top illustrators, designers and artists from around the world through the pages of their personal visual journals. These are sketches, often with text; some are rough, some polished. The pages shown are sometimes startling, sometimes endearing, but always inspiring. The book discusses how and why keeping a consistent, visual journal leads to a more fulfilling creative life.
B3897. Zenspirations: Dangle Designs / Fink Zenspirations: Dangle Designs by Joanne Fink. Expanded Workbook Edition. 2013. 35pp. 8.5"x11". Paper
From the author of Zenspirations, another fun book that turns doodles into designs to decorate your paper craft projects and your art works with dangle patterns. Joanne demystifies the patterning process and shows how simple it is to create richly textured dangles by breaking down the design into component parts.
B4022. Scripsit 36.1: Books Arts Issue B4022. Scripsit Book Arts Issue. 2014. 32pp. 8.5"x11". Paper
A gallery of bookworks from nine calligraphers who make books, with comments from the artists and showing a wide range of ways to combine letters and books. The exciting and inspiring works are from David McGrail, Suzanne Moore, Nancy Ruth Leavitt, Elizabeth McKee, Yukimi Annand, Marina Soria, Eliza Holliday, Carol Barton, and Sue Smith.