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Marian Gault

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This class will be a survey of the Chancery Cursive Italic hand, which developed during the Renaissance and was used in the chanceries of the Vatican for correspondence and writing legal documents. There are many variations of standard Italic found in modern calligraphy which is now produced with an edged pen, but in the time of Arrighi and Cataneo, everything was written with a quill pen cut with a chisel edge. Chancery Cursive style was taught extensively throughout Europe. The formation of both lower and upper case letters will be demonstrated. How they differ from more or less standard Italic will be pointed out and explained. This elegant hand has many uses, and appropriate flourishes can easily be added, resulting in beautifully designed and stunning lettering. Familiarity with the use of an edged pen is very helpful. Explanatory handouts and guide sheets will be provided. Skill Level: All

Supplies: Straight nib holder (not oblique)(H62, H89); Nib: Speedball C-3 or equivalent nib (N09, N02, N04), Parallel Pen equivalent size is o.k.(FP67); Ink: Higgins Eternal (I08), Moon Palace(I70), walnut ink(I53-2.5), or any that works for you, your choice of color; Paper: Borden & Riley Boris (P10-100) or Cotton Comp pad (P39), or any paper that works for you and guidelines can be seen through it; Miscellaneous: tissues or paper towels, water container, your attention, and smile often.

I do not have a specific book recommendations for Chancery Cursive Italic, but I recommend the following books, which I use all the time –Marian
B2132. Calligraphy by Claude Mediavilla. Hardcover $150.00
B2769. Foundations of Calligraphy by Sheila Waters. Hardcover. $35.00
B2811. The Art and Craft of Hand Lettering by Annie Cicale. Paper $19.95
B145. The Zanerian Manual. $39.95
B2982. SCRIBE: Artist of the Written Word by John Stevens. Hardcover $49.95


B2769. Foundations of Calligraphy / Waters
B2769. Foundations of Calligraphy by Sheila Waters. (2006) 2018. 134pp. 9"x11.25". Concealed spiral binding

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Sheila Waters is a master scribe and a master teacher. For over thirty years of her summer workshops, Sheila has taken scribes through their paces for a week or more of in-depth instruction in letterforms (historical and modern). Students have come from as far away as Australia and Japan for these intensive classes. And for many years, she taught numerous weekend workshops sponsored by calligraphy guilds throughout the USA and Canada and was a frequent instructor at the international conference held each summer. In Foundations, Sheila provides insightful analysis of forms and construction, taking the mystery out of learning calligraphy. You learn how to analyze a script, which helps you toward mastery of an alphabet. In the 110 pages of exemplar alphabets, instruction, and hints, Sheila shares with you the knowledge she has gathered over her years of study and practice. The presentation is honed by her long experience teaching calligraphers how to advance their skill and art. This 4th printing, much revised from the 2006 printing, now has a 16-page color gallery of Sheila's work.

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B145. Zanerian Manual of Alphabets and Engrossing
The Zanerian Manual of Alphabets and Engrossing. 1981. 140pp. 8"x10.5". Spiral.

At present, a reprint of this book is not in the works (as far as we know). You can include the book on your order, and you will be notified of the book's price when/if it is available again.

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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.



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