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Instructional Manuals

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B020. Insights Into Left-Handed Calligraphy
Insights into Left-handed Calligraphy
By Betsy Rivers-Kennedy. 1984. 32pp. 5.5"x8.5". Paper.

For left-handers and teachers. Covers four methods of writing: The Right-Handed Influence, The Sideways Approach, The Hook, & The Upsidedown Method. The best book available for left handed calligraphy.



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B2614. Codici 1/Ingmire
Codici 1.
Edited by Thomas Ingmire. 2003. 64pp. 8.5"x11". Paper.

Ingmire is best known for his expressive -- and often
non-legible -- calligraphic works. This illustrated notebook
draws primarily from Ingmire's teaching. It presents the assignments, support materials, the works created by the students, as well as images and brief discussions of his own recent works that relate to the program. Topics include inventing new forms, lettering as drawing, the expressive line, the shape and space of writing, the word as image, Hans-Joachim Burgert: the calligraphic line, the space of
writing: the ditchling project. The emphasis is on a visual rather than a verbal message.



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B1277. Explicatio Formarum Litterarum/Aris
Explicatio Formarum Litterarum: The Unfolding of Letterforms by Rutherford Aris. 1990. 50pp. plus 23 foldout plates. 9.5"x12.25". Paper over boards.

This book displays as graphically as possible the development of the forms of the Latin letters from the first to the fifteenth century. The foldout plates contain nearly 200 black & white reproductions of various scripts. The text relates the development of letters to that of other arts, making comparisons that shed light on the spirit of an entire age; for example, between the evolution of gothic letters and the pointed arches in gothic cathedrals. Many other fascinating insights into medieval thought, culture & history are included in the book.

Download the errata sheets for Explicatio Formarum Litterarum.




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B025. Italic Letters/Dubay & Getty
Italic Letters: Calligraphy & Handwriting
By Inga Dubay & Barbara Getty. 1984.(1992) 128pp. 8.5"x11". Paper.

Takes the scribe through a basic, a formal, a chancery & finally a cursive italic handwriting. Each is introduced in monoline, followed then by chisel edged forms. Final chapter on layout and design. In this workbook, the sentences-to-copy form an outline history of written communications from cave paintings to 19th century copperplate. Numerous historical illustrations.Western American style of italic.A popular class text. Recommended.



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B2907. Kalligrafie: Intensiv-Training/Pott
Kalligrafie: Intensiv-Training ny Gottfried Pott. 2006. 136pp. 8.75" x 12.25". Paper.

This second instructional volume provides instruction on additional hands, explores experimental calligraphy,
techniques of manual embossing, and covers the cultural development of writing. Full of illustrations. Text in German only.



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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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B2081. Uncommon Numbers: A Source Book...
Uncommon Numbers: A Source Book for Artists
edited by Brenda Casey (Zoby) and Barbara Brandt. 1996. 64pp. 8.5"x5.5". Paperback.

This source book on numerals has exemplar pages, compositions, commercial pieces using numbers, and typefaces that could inspire calligraphic numerals. Provides much inspiration and source material to help you.

Special Offer: Get a complete set of all three
Uncommon Numbers books in a slipcase for only $39.95.
Use item code B4133 Uncommon Numbers Trilogy.

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B3347. Medieval Calligraphy / Drogin
Medieval Calligraphy: Its History and Technique by Marc Drogin. 1989. 224pp. 8.375x11.25". Paper

Spirited history and comprehensive instruction manual covers 13 important writing styles (ca. 4th century thru 15th). Fascinating facts about Roman Rustic, Uncial, Carolingian Minuscule, Early Gothic, & 8 other styles; all examples beautifully photographed. Detailed directions for duplicating medieval techniques with modern tools. 232 illustrations.



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B3244. Calligraphy / Lach
Calligraphy by Denise Lach. 2009. 192pp. 9.25" x 10.25". Paperback

This striking and original book is a gallery of Lach’s calligraphic work and techniques. She presents the tools she uses in her work, each with illustrative examples: broad-edge nibs, Automatic pens, Pilot Parallel pens, music nibs (for writing the notes, not the 5-line staff the notes are placed on), plus reed pens & bamboo pens, felt-tip pens, and brushes. There are multi-page sections on using the ruling pen, cola pen (made from an aluminum soda can), and pipettes as lettering tools. Lach briefly discusses - using visual examples - line weight, letter and line spacing, rotation, setting a rhythm, pen position & speed, variations on a theme, organic shapes, concentric compositions, serifs, and depth & density. Then you see how she creates letterforms using stamping with unconventional materials. Examples of stamping include a row of glue-together toothpicks, sharpened sticks, an ordinary cork, foam rubber and sponge. She shows examples of combining tools and techniques in one piece. Throughout the book, with calligraphic compositions from her hand and the photos that inspired them, she invites us to look closely at details and textures in nature, expand our powers of observation and find creative ideas in the world around us.



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B3168-P. Gilded Page PB / Whitley
The Gilded Page: The History and Technique of Manuscript Gilding by Kathleen P. Whitley. 2009. 238pp. 6"x9". Paperback.

Explains in detail the historical and modern techniques of manuscript gilding, along with recipes and helpful hints. Learn step-by-step methods of applying and burnishing gold, described in a sensible and easy-to-understand way. Learn about the tools, methods, and materials employed in flat, raised, and pattern gilding for manuscripts and paintings, along with historical mordants such as Gesso Sottile, Gum Ammoniac, Gum Arabic, and Garlic Juice; and modern mordants such as Acrylic Gesso and White Glue. Second edition; revised, with the addition of color plates and new information on ancient Egyptian Papyrus gilding.



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