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In an effort to reduce duplication, this page displays only a selection of the products we offer in this category. Please click on a subcategory in the list on the left to view a complete list of the products we offer in that specific subcategory.

B4266. Calligraphy as Art and Meditation / Jonas
B4266. Calligraphy as Art and Meditation: A New Approach by Gina Jonas. 2018. 272 pp. 8.75"x11.5". Hardcover, concealed spiral binding.

In her highly innovative, holistic approach, Jonas invites you to integrate mind, body, and feeling as the foundation for calligraphic art. As meditation, you cultivate a relaxed, alert state of mind -- coordinating the breath with stroke and letter making. In this tool-centered approach, you explore such calligraphic essentials as movement and contact through training alphabets that include Playball and Proteus. The book’s exercises build skill and confidence developmentally. They focus on design (letter, text, alphabet), ductus (“target practice”), dynamics (stroke technique, rhythm), spacing, creativity, and play. By always beginning with warm-ups, you are prepared to merge flow with form to create living letterforms. Full of color illustrations and diagrams.

Gina Jonas is author of the JNB bestseller Finding the Flow (B2830). That book explores the energy, touch, and rhythmical movement essential to the living letterform: its flow. Calligraphy as Art and Meditation incorporates that exploration of flow as it delves deeply into the structural and design fundamentals of calligraphic writing: its form. And through the marriage of flow and form you learn to create vital letterforms, alphabets, and word and text images.

Gina Jonas is also the author of Hebrew Calligraphy Styles. (B1619).



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

Free Media Mail Shipping (USA only). Media Mail takes 2 to 3 weeks depending upon location.

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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B3304. American Cursive Handwriting (Student) / Sull
American Cursive Handwriting (Student Edition) by Michael Sull with Debra Sull. 2011. 320pp. 8.5"x11".

3-hole punched and shrink-wrapped for shipping. Place the book in your own binder (not supplied) and remove the pages as necessary. Practice on a single sheet on a desk or table and return the completed sheet to the binder to keep track of your progress.


A thorough presentation of traditional penmanship for grade 5 through adult. Includes historical background, detailed information on writing position, writing zone, paper movement and recommended sizes of writing. The single volume contains both a teacher guide and the student workbook/copybook. The thorough lesson plan guides the user in a straightforward, step-by-step progression to improve handwriting skill.

The instructional program consists of:
Traditional Movement and Cross-Drill exercise sheets with instructions for daily use.
Over 150 copybook sheets in the time-tested method of practice, boasting more than 375 model lines of writing and 1,575 blank lines for student use.
Detailed pages on letter and number construction.
Specially designed practice sheets featuring a progressive format of guidelines to focus the student's efforts from basic letter size, height, spacing and slant to spontaneous writing upon a single baseline.

Additional chapters feature selected quotations, poems, excerpts from literature and Scripture for further practice; comments on the tools of writing, with special information on the use of fountain pens; the techniques of how to write a personal letter; ten important rules of handwriting; and blank guide sheets in all formats presented in the book.


American Cursive Handwriting is similar to Business Writing or the basic, unstressed forms of Spencerian Script. Michael Sull is author of instructional books and DVD's on Spencerian Script and Off Hand Flourishing.



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B4300. Contemporary Illuminated Manuscripts / Leavitt
B4300. Contemporary Illuminated Manuscripts: The Work of Nancy Ruth Leavitt. 2019. 32pp. Paper. Signed by the artist.

Showcases 27 books, limited editions and unique works, with up to six photos of each showing covers, spreads, and cases. Each book is described, and many have statements from the artist. All have hand-lettered text. The book Includes an introduction by Priscilla Juvelis and is hand-bound with thread, using a saddle stitch. The bookworks shown were recently exhibited at the University of Southern Maine.



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B4249. Folded Pen Adventures / DuBosch
B4249. Folded Pen Adventures by Carol DuBosch. 2018. 32pp. 8"x8". Paper

This instruction book teaches how to use the folded pen to write an Italic-based alphabet. You learn how the folded pen works, starting with basic strokes. Follow the model alphabets that give stroke direction and sequence, and then add flourishes to the letters. Next, more vertical and more cursive variations of the basic alphabet are shown, and two new alphabets are introduced: Neuland and Bensgothic (based on Ben Shahn letters). Bleach techniques, color blending, folded pen making, and various forms of the folded pen are presented. Includes many examples of Carol’s delightful calligraphy.



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B4227. Colour & Curves / Young
B4227. Colour and Curves: A Pilot Parallel Pen Workbook by Alice Young. 2018. 76pp. 8.5"x11" Paper.

Thoroughly covers the Parallel Pen and its use, including 16 pages of ink options, from Pilot cartridges to metallic inks. You learn how the pen writes through fun, non-letterform exercises. The last section is Blackletter instruction, with exemplars and exercise pages. Even if this hand is not your thing, this beautiful book belongs in your studio if you own a Parallel Pen. Full-color throughout.

The book includes a bonus pack of single sheets of the 16 exercise pages from the book!

Among a range of other papers, Gilbert Bond is highly recommended on page 48 of this book. Unfortunately, manufacturers change papers without notice. While this paper is still great with most all inks, it is not really suitable for the various colors of Pilot Parallel Pen cartridge ink. You should explore the other papers mentioned on that page of the book. The JNB Graph Pads (P21 & P22) also work well with Parallel Pen ink as does the JNB practice pads (P25 & P22). The bonus pack of single sheets is printed on the paper used in these pads.




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B4210. Copperplate Script: A Yin & Yang Approach / Antonio
B4210. Copperplate Script: A Yin & Yang Approach by Paul Antonio. 2018. 132pp. 8.5"x11". Spiral-bound.

Introductory price $29.95 with free media mail shipping (USA only).

Renowned calligrapher Paul Antonio presents his new approach to teaching Copperplate. He explains the structure of the script in detail, so you know the hows and whys of the letter shapes. You won’t just copy exemplar letters; you will understand them. And understanding speeds learning and allows mastery.

For International Shipping add B4210SHIP to your shopping cart along with the book.




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B1109. Mastering Copperplate / Winters
Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy: A Step-by-Step Manual by Eleanor Winters. 1989. 192pp. 8.25" x 11". Paper.

A self-contained manual for serious students, including beginners. Part One places Copperplate in historical context. Part Two begins with a glossary and detailed information on pens, paper, ink, and other materials. It includes indispensable technical tips, guidelines, how to use the pen, and 99 pages of detailed instruction covering minuscule, capitals, numbers, punctuation, and writing in various sizes. Part Three deals with writing in color and the design and execution of simple projects, such as envelopes and small poems.



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B4291. In A Lone Breath... / Clark
B4291. In a lone breath it is written; it is spoken just the same by Michael Clark. 2019. 69pp. 8.5"x11". Paper.

This is a wonderful display of Michael Clark’s lettering and typeface designs done over many years. Each page is packed full of his drawn and written letterforms, created with a variety of tools. Michael provides comments throughout, giving tools and techniques used for a specific title or logo as well as more general discussions of his design process. You learn details about lettering pieces you have seen before and get to see (and read about) ones that are new to you. Printed in full color.



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B3124. Parallel Pen Wizardry Book / Broadbent
Parallel Pen Wizardry (Book) by Brenda Broadbent. 2003. 24pp. 8.5"x11". Paper

This instructional book for the popular Parallel Pen will help you explore this very versatile calligraphy fountain pen. To start with are cartridge tips and tricks and instructions for using other writing fluids: inks (including acrylics), watercolor, and gouache. Includes a chart of waterproof inks that have worked well in the Parallel Pen. Writing and drawing with the pen are explored: monoline, flourishes, color blending, expressive and experimental forms, writing on fabric. Sample alphabets: Gothicized Italic (Sheila Waters), Gothic (Ward Dunham), Uncial (Gina Jonas).




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