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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 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.
B2769. Foundations of Calligraphy / Waters By Sheila Waters. 2006. 126pp. 9"x11.25". Concealed spiral binding. Now in its third printing. Hardcover.
The updated reprint of this title is due in late February 2019. The new version will include an additional 8 pages of gallery images in full color. We are accepting preorders for the new edition. If you place an order, your credit card will not be charged until shortly before the book ships. If you wish to use PayPal and delay your payment, you must email your order directly to firstname.lastname@example.org rather than ordering on the John Neal Books website.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
B3098. Calligraphy Alphabets for Beginners B3098. Calligraphy Alphabets for Beginners:The Easy Way to Learn Lettering and Illumination Techniques by Mary Noble and Janet Mehigan. 2008. 256pp. 6.5"x8". Hardcover, concealed spiral
Presents instruction for Uncial, Foundational, Carolingian, Italic, Flourished Italic Copperplate, Gothic, Lombardic Capitals & numerals. Letters are presented in groups of similar forms with ductus and stop-action photos. Final section presents adding metallics and color to letters and pieces using some newer techniques.
REVIEW: These small format hidden spiral hardcover books are very popular. They don't take up area on your work space, and unlike paperbacks, they lie completely flat. No matter how you learn best, there is instruction for you. In this instructional manual each letter is presented individually with ductus, that is the combination of the letter with the little arrows and numbers indicating stroke sequence and direction. For those who like written instructions, this stroke order and direction is put into words as well. And finally there is a three panel strip of stop action photography showing the pen as it constructs the letter. That is not totally accurate. The pen is not actually stroking the letter as there is no ink in the pens used. However, this is actually a visual plus. Because the tip of the pen is not coated in black ink, you can see how more clearly how the the pen is placed on the paper. The letters of each hand are presented in a logical sequence. Generally letters with similar shapes are presented before moving on to other letters of similar shapes. At the bottom of each page, there are one line exercises to develop rhythm & help with spacing.
The hands (alphabets) are also presented in a logical sequence. Uncial is first. Stan Knight has proposed this as beginning alphabet over Italic. Unlike italic, there is no slant to the letters. There is only a majuscule (capital) alphabet to learn. So the student can gain working facility with a basic Uncial alphabet more quickly than italic. From Uncial its Foundational minuscule (lowercase), Roman majuscules, Carolingian, Formal Italic, Flourished Italic Copperplate, Gothic, Lombardic Capitals. They finish up with numbers and the ampersand. Instruction is given only for an upright set of numbers, exemplars are provided for Carolingian and Gothic. You are left on your own for Italic, Copperplate and Lombardic Capitals. If you already own instruction books by Mary Noble and Janet Mehigan that cover these hands, you may already have the material in this book.
There is a thirteen page final section on adding color and gold to calligraphic pieces. The authors present a lot in a few pages only allowing for concise instructions.
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.
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.