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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.



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 guidesheets 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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B2769. Foundations of Calligraphy / Waters
B2769. Foundations of Calligraphy By Sheila Waters. 2019 edition. 134pp. 9"x11.25". Concealed spiral binding.

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

In the 110 pages of exemplar alphabets, instruction, and hints, Sheila shares with you the knowledge she has gathered over her decades of study and practice. She provides insightful analysis of forms and constructions and helps you learn and work toward mastery of the alphabets. The presentation is honed by her vast experience teaching calligraphers how to advance their skills and art. Sheila Waters is not only a master scribe, but a master teacher. She has made both her life's work.

Chapters include: Basics & Beyond, Analysis & Practice, Design & Layout, Conception to Completion, and Applying Design Principles. Foundational, Blackletter, Gothic Cursives, Uncial & Half Uncial, Carolingian, Italic, and Italic Variations are covered, with thorough instruction for each. Foundational and Italic receive particular attention.

Free Media Mail Shipping to USA addresses. If you need the book sooner, there will be a $3 rush ship charge added to your order. Media Mail generally takes upwards of 2 weeks or more to be delivered.

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Read more about Sheila and her work, courtesy of The Gettysburg Companion.

Customers outside the USA

For AIRMAIL and SURFACE shipping to CANADA see see B2769-CANADA

For AIRMAIL with insurance shipping to other countries see B2769-AIRMAIL

For shipping via SURFACE mail to other countries see B2769-SURFACE



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B1816. Learning to Write Spencerian/Sull
Learning to Write Spencerian Script
By Michael Sull & Debra Sull. 1993. 75pp. 6.75" x 8.5". Paper.

An instructional manual for Spencerian covering equipment
and tools, practice, and extensive instruction on the individual letters. This book gives the main instructional material from Volume I of Spencerian Script and Ornamental Penmanship, which is no longer available.



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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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B4023. Calligraphy / Calzolari & Salice
B4023. Calligraphy: A Course in Cursive Script with Pencil, Pen, and Brush by Barbara Calzolari and Alessandro Salice. 2018. 256pp. 5.75"x7.75". Concealed-spiral hardcover

A new instructional book for lettering with pencil (monoline Roman majuscules), gel pen (monoline script), pointed pen (Copperplate), and brush (Barbara’s brush script). Warm-up exercises, exemplar alphabets, letter-by-letter instruction, and writing exercises are included. The book starts with an illustrated history of calligraphy with many historical examples and ends with a gallery of 16 scribes with a bio, a photo, and an example or two of their work.

For contractual reasons, John Neal Bookseller can only ship this book to USA addresses. The book may be available from other vendors. www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0966530535



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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 colours 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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B4248. Brown Calligraphy / Denis Brown
B4248. Brown Calligraphy: Denis Brown Discusses His Art by Denis Brown. 2017. 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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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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B4269. Morphing Monograms / Morentz & Friedman
B4269. Morphing Monograms by Barry Morentz and Marcia Friedman. 2018. 96pp. 10"x9.25". Hardcover, concealed spiral binding.

First the book provides you with practical insights for creating monogram designs for weddings and other commissions and for personal use. Then you explore how to repeat the monogram by hand in various configurations, morphing the monogram into innovative designs that can be used for invitations, greeting cards, backgrounds for calligraphic works, endpapers for books, and more. The book includes easy-to-understand, step-by-step, illustrated instructions showing how to use Adobe Photoshop as a powerful tool to enhance your monogram (or other) design and achieve stunning effects. The book’s gallery includes a dazzling array of monogram works by over 40 internationally renowned calligraphers, with references to their working methods. Written for both hobbyists and professional calligraphers.



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B4016. Fabulous Flowers / Harry
B4016. Fabulous Flowers by Fritzi Harry. 2014. 30pp. 8.5"x5.5". Spiralbound

This is a primer on making simple images of flowers with brush markers, using ten simple strokes to create petals, stems, and leaves. You make delightful floral designs by pressing, rolling, flicking, and dotting with your marker. Full-color throughout.



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