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JNB Big Book Sale
Save 5% to 75% on the titles below.
Limited quantities available on some titles. Prices good through October 31, 2019


B4248. Brown Calligraphy / Denis Brown
B4248. Brown Calligraphy: Denis Brown Discusses His Art by Denis Brown. 2018. 264pp. 8.5"x12". Hardcover.

In this book, renowned calligrapher Denis Brown reveals the journey of his work, from schoolboy accomplishments through rebellious outbreaks to artistic masterpieces. Brown's calligraphy transcends the worlds of lettering and design to incorporate broader realms of expression and artistic communication. He discusses in detail the values of his craft: letterform and composition, structure and fluency, and discipline and freedom. He also candidly examines creativity with content and conceptual approaches in responding to texts. The artist presents and discusses a broad range of his calligraphy, from formal and traditional pieces to expressive, conceptual, and even transcendent works of art. This book has been designed by its author, a leader in the international field of Western calligraphy, to be one of his works in its own right.



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B4265. Calligraphy Bible / Grebenstein
B4265. Calligraphy Bible: A Complete Guide to More Than 100 Essential Projects and Techniques by Maryanne Grebenstein. 2012. 256pp. 9"x9". Paper.

Maryanne Grebenstein offers here a brief historical context for the origins of calligraphy but focuses on its contemporary uses. After a short introductory section on the tools and materials used in hand lettering, she presents technical illustrations, diagrams, and demonstrations to map out line and stroke sequences step-by-step. The 100-plus exercises included in the guide encourage frequent practice. Projects cover popular alphabet styles, design, color, and decorative detail that can be applied to letterheads, invitations, posters, and all sorts of artwork.




Your Price $24.99

B4309. Brush Lettering: Create Beautiful Calligraphy / Roots
B4309. Brush Lettering: Create Beautiful Calligraphy with Brushes and Brush Pens by Rebecca Cahill Roots. 2019. 160pp. 7.75"x10". Hardcover

This complete introduction to brush lettering covers writing tools (mostly brush pens), gives instruction on a basic alphabet based on pointed-pen script, and then presents 16 model alphabets: 6 for large-tip, 4 for fine-tip, and 6 for real-brush-tipped brush pens. Further chapters include finding your own style, flourishing basics, compostition (layout), and trying new techniques. Includes a galley of 8 works from other letter artists.



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B4175. Villu Toots: 100 Book Covers / Varik
B4175. Villu Toots: 100 Book Covers, 1956-1992 by Mart Varik. Introduction by Pyotr Chobitko. 2017. 129pp. 5"x7.875". Paper

100 hand-lettered designs, both book covers and book jackets, by this virtuoso of pen and brush. Villu Toots
created over 500 covers; this is a selection of his most masterful, scanned directly from the printed books.
You will be amazed by the variety and originality of his book-cover work. Virtually unknown outside his native Estonia, Toots was a primary influence for several generations of calligraphers and lettering artists in the Soviet Union. This collection shares his genius with the rest of the world.

"Villu Toots might have been the most original calligrapher ever." -Carl Rohrs

"Villu Toots, whose incredible work looks effortless, was the ultimate calligrapher's calligrapher. He was one of the all-time greats of the 20th century, as important as Koch, Schneidler, Zapf, and Poppl. No one had more versatility, flair, or fluidity." -Julian Waters





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B4289. Happy Hand Lettering / Wagner
B4289. Happy Hand Lettering: Simple Calligraphy Techniques to Bring Your Words to Life by Jen Wagner. 2017. 144pp. 8.2"x11". Paper.

**Discontinued with Limited Stock**

Happy Hand Lettering offers you instruction and encouragement to begin creating beautifully written words right away. From selecting the best tools and supplies, to forming your first simple letters, everything you need to begin your calligraphic journey is here.

-- Learn beginning-level techniques for brush lettering, nib lettering and modern lettering as you progress from strokes to letters and from words to phrases.

-- Discover ideas for using your new lettering skills in a practical way: envelopes, gift tags, decor and more.

-- Brush up on composition basics, typography terms and an exploration of a variety of mediums.




Your Price $19.05

B4170. Illuminating Wisdom / Hassed
B4170. Illuminating Wisdom: Words of Wisdom, Works of Art by Dierdre & Craig Hassed. 2017. 168pp. 8"x8". Hard

Brings art and wisdom together in a beautiful celebration of some of the world's most inspiring philosophical, spiritual and literary quotes. Approximately 80 quotes have been drawn from some of the great wisdom and literary traditions of both East and West, as well as from inspiring people throughout history noted for their practical wisdom. These quotes have been set to exquisite calligraphy by Deirdre Hassed in a range of styles, from the traditional to the contemporary, using many and varied techniques, such as gilding, collage, work on glass, letterpress, and lino printing.




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B4208. Illuminated Alphabet / Seligman & Noad
B4208. The Illuminated Alphabet: An Inspirational Introduction to Creating Decorative Calligraphy by Patricia Seligman and Timothy Noad. (1994) 2017. 160pp. 9"x9". Hardcover.

This is a how-to book about making illuminated letters. The styles presented are Celtic, Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Modern Revival. Step-by-step illustrations are presented for the drawing, gilding, and painting of these decorated letters. For each initial letter project, an initial from the original manuscript is shown. This wonderful, lush book is printed in full-color throughout, and we are lucky to have it available again - in hardcover and at a bargain price!



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B4223. Art of Brush Lettering / Klapstein
B4223. The Art of Brush Lettering by Kelly Klapstein. 2017. 160pp. 8.25"x10". Paper.

Popular Instagram brush lettering artist Kelly Klapstein takes a simple, serene approach to teaching the art of creating beautiful letterforms with easy to use and richly colored brush pens. Kelly begins by guiding you through the tools you’ll be using, and the best ways to position pen, hand, and paper.

Kelly demonstrates a range of basic strokes along with drill sheets for practice and improvement. In addition to providing detailed instructions and tracing guides for both lowercase and uppercase alphabets, Kelly gives tutorials on freestyle lettering, faux calligraphy, and special effects. Also included are lowercase and uppercase A to Z exemplars for both large and small brush pens.

Drill sheets, tracing guides, worksheets, and exemplars are perforated for easy removal.



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B4226. Hand Lettering and Contemporary Calligraphy / Engelbrecht
B4226. Hand Lettering and Contemporary Calligraphy by Lisa Engelbrecht. 2017 (2008). 160pp. 8.75"x11.25". Hardcover.

Lisa Engelbrecht's wonderful book is available again in hardcover with a new title and a LOWER price!

Presents both traditional hands and fun and scripty contemporary styles. Complete alphabets are shown for a wide array of styles, with stroke-by-stroke instruction and examples of the hands. Demonstrates the use of the pens and ruling pens as well as metallic foils, glue pens, etc., for jazzy effects. Large gallery for inspiration. Full color throughout.

Previously published as Modern Calligraphy & Hand Lettering.



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B4236. Brush Pen Illustration / Ito
B4236. Brush Pen Illustration: 280 Ideas for Drawing with Brush Pens by Sho Ito. 2018. 8.5"x11". 96pp. Paper

The same brush pens you use for lettering can be used for simple illustrative elements. This step-by-step instructional guide discusses various kinds of brush pens and shows brush stroke techniques, blending methods, use of water brushes, and other tips and techniques. Chapters include Food, Animals, Seasons, and Black Ink illustration. 280 color illustrations.




Your Price $16.99

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