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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.
B255. Universal Penman / Bickham B255 The Universal Penman by George Bickham. (1741) 1954. 212pp. 9"x13.75". Paper.
212 pages done by a number of English master penmen of the 1700s, all engraved by Bickham. Shows a variety of Copperplate hands in a variety of sizes. Much non-pictorial flourishing. This is not an instructional manual, but for the study of letterforms this is the best historical source book.
B3948. Modern Calligraphy / Thorpe B3948. Modern Calligraphy by Molly Suber Thorpe. 2013. 192pp. 8.5"x9.5". Paper
Teaches Molly's bold style of Copperplate that looks stylish and fresh, yet still refined. After an overview of supplies, you learn letters, words, then phrases with the clear instructions and exemplars. You then learn how to write with gouache and watercolor and how to digitize your calligraphy for printed items. The 20 projects provide inspiration for weddings, entertainment, and personal stationery. The final section is practical info for the working scribe, including strategies for large-batch projects and hints for left-handers.
B2787. Bible of Illuminated Letters/Morgan The Bible of Illuminated Letters: A Treasury of Decorative Calligraphy by Margaret Morgan. 2006. 256pp. 5.75" x 7.75". Hidden spiral hardcover.
Retail Price $24.99.
Step-by-step instructions for creating 12 illuminated alphabets, including Celtic, Saxon, Gothic, Romanesque and Modern Revival. Both caps and minuscules are presented along with borders and decorations. Gilding is also covered. Gallery of historical and contemporary illuminated letters. More than 400 color illustrations.
Published as Illuminated Letters: A Treasury of Decorative Calligraphy in the U.K.
B4294. Mastering Modern Calligraphy / Thorpe B4294. Mastering Modern Calligraphy: Beyond the Basics: 2,700+ Pointed Pen Exemplars and Exercises for Developing Your Style by Molly Suber Thorpe. 2019. 204 pages. 9.25"x9.5". Spiral-bound
A comprehensive, full-color guide for experienced beginners and intermediate students interested in mastering contemporary styles, with an emphasis on experimentation and fun rather than rigid uniformity. The book's lay-flat spiral binding makes it perfect for learning. Molly's first book (Modern Calligraphy B3948) brought modern calligraphy to the masses and helped spark worldwide interest in pointed pen script. With her signature pointed pen and digital hand lettering-styles, whimsical approaches, and bold color palettes, she brings a freshness and excitement to this classically beautiful writing style.
B4280. World Encyclopedia of Callig (NEW) / Calderhead & Cohen B4280. The World Encyclopedia of Calligraphy: The Ultimate Compendium on the Art of Fine Writing edited by Christopher Calderhead and Holly Cohen. (2011) 2018. 320pp. 10"x10", Hardcover
New edition at a lower price.
Showcases the work of a selection of internationally known scribes, featuring 60 scripts reflecting the diversity of contemporary calligraphy. It includes lessons and exercises for learning to write 28 alphabets, including Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Roman, and more. Offers an exploration of each script’s history, while beautiful step-by-step instructions and examples will inspire and guide you.
B4251. Writing & Illuminating & Lettering (Red Cover New Edition) /Johnston B4251. Writing & Illuminating & Lettering (New Edition) by Edward Johnston. 2016. 435pp. 6.5"x8.75". Paper
This new edition of Johnston's seminal work on broad-edged calligraphy features a somewhat larger format than the original and a newly typeset text, in two fonts that Johnston had a hand in designing. The book is printed in black & red (like the original) on cream-colored paper. At the front of the book is a full-color section on Johnston's typeface for the London Underground.
B4308. Unique Book of Brush Lettering B4308. Unique Book of Brush Lettering by Winterbird. 2019. 95pp.4.5"x11". Spiral bound.
The Unique Book of Brush Lettering is a brand new, handcrafted brush lettering book, made to educate and inspire your creativity through brush lettering.
This book has been created to present information and inspiration to enhance your lettering knowledge and enjoyment. It is a truly unique book,where every page and every detail is being printed, cut, carved, stamped, foiled, die-cut, folded, perforated, glued, and bound carefully, all by hand.
In this book you will start with the basics of brush lettering. You'll learn about the differences of select brush pens. There is a section about papers, with usable samples to test. Once you're familiar with those, the book shows how to use the pen properly, including pressure exercises and basic strokes. It also includes 7 alphabets, with guidesheets in varying skill levels. Bonus content includes the popular ghost lettering, how to add flourishes/swirls, and projects to use your lettering with.
John Neal Books is the exclusive retailer for this book.
B4307. Scripsit Issue 41.2.: Graceful Envelope at 25 B4307. Graceful Envelope at 25. Edited by Lorraine Swerdloff. 2019. 48pp. 8.5"x11".
This is the fifth in this popular series and is subtitled Designed, Sealed, and Delivered! It contains contains 270 envelopes (by 147 lettering artists) and celebrates all 25 years (so far) of this mailed-calligraphic-art contest, with a different theme each year. You are treated to four pages each of envelopes for 2019 (Put Your Stamp on It), 2018 (Whatever the Weather), 2017 (Pushing the Envelope), 2016 (Communication), and 2015 (There's No Place Like Home). For each of the earlier years (2014-1995), four to six envelopes are shown. It is a copious and delightful selection of calligraphic envelope art and design. This is Scripsit 41.2, Fall 2019: The Graceful Envelope -- Designed, Sealed, and Delivered: 25 Years of the Graceful Envelope Contest. Scripsit is the journal of the Washington Calligraphers Guild. Members automatically receive Scripsit as part of their membership.