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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.



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B4312. Book of Kells Five-Year Journal
B4312. Book of Kells Five-Year Journal. 2015. 368pp.5.9"x7.4". Hardcover

Exquisite initials and knotwork from the Book of Kells decorate each page of this journal. It is undated, so you can start anytime, turning to the next available section for each day as the years move on. Use it to record your activities or thoughts, to compile a book of quotes, or however you wish.




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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.



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B4295. Unusual Lettering Tools: Scripsit 41.1 / Hasson
B4295. Unusual Lettering Tools, Scripsit 41.1 edited by Randall Hasson. 2019. 36pp. 8.5"x11". Paper

In this issue, you learn of an Italian scribe and the many unique lettering instruments he has created from wood, metal, and plastic. He has used flexible wire, binder clips, and aluminum cans along with sponge material, cardstock strips, shaving razor parts, uncooked pasta, and more to create pens that make vibrant and unique letterforms. Then you delve into another scribe's more direct use of natural materials, squeeze bottles, cheesecloth in mark making. Then three painters share their artist-made tools that can be adapted for calligraphy. And lastly, Alan Ariail and his metal pen, a new take on the calligraphy pen.




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B4297. Modern Calligraphy: An Intensive Practice Book /Montes
B2497. Modern Calligraphy: An Intensive Practice Book by Kestrel Montes. 2019. 166pp. 8.5"x11". Paper

In this pointed pen instruction manual, first comes a nice and detailed introduction that goes over oblique holders, metal nibs, inks, papers, and essential techniques. Then comes a series of copybook pages with black exemplars, multiple (20-60+) gray ones to write over, and then ruled space to write on your own -- with an ink-friendly, translucent sheet laid over the page (or make a photocopy). Basic strokes lead to letters (small and capital) and numerals; joins lead to words and then wacky alphabet sentences. If you want structured practice (and a lot of it), this is the book for you.



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B4298. Medieval Illumination / Denoel & Doyle
B4298. Medieval Illumination: Manuscript Art in England and France, 700-1200 by Charlotte Denoel and Kathleen Doyle. 2019. 176pp. 7.5"x10". Paper

Showcases dozens of the finest examples from gospel-books and saint's lives, histories, herbals and more - many never before exhibited and rarely reproduced. They reveal the close artistic and intellectual connections between medieval England and France, where scribes and illuminators often shared stylistic ideas and subject matter. Authors are curators of the British Library and the Bibliothèque Nationale.



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B4299. Visual Poetry / Ingmire
B4299. Visual Poetry: A Lyrical Twist -- Calligraphy and Poetry in Collaboration by Thomas Ingmire. 2018. 38pp. 8.5x11. Paper

This book documents a Visual Poetry project where eleven poets worked in collaboration with Thomas Ingmire. Responding to one or more of Thomas' works, the poets provided a poem to Thomas, who then reacted to the verses and poet-chosen music with spontaneous marks. Then, referencing the original artworks, the poems and poets' comments, and his initial studies, Thomas created a new calligraphic work of each poem, often creating a new alphabet. Each of the eleven collaborations are showcased in the book.



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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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B4301. Art of Watercolor Lettering / Klapstein
B4301. The Art of Watercolor Lettering: A Beginner's Step-by-Step Guide to Painting Modern Calligraphy and Lettered Art by Kelly Klapstein. 2019. 144pp. 8.5"x10". Paperback

In this follow-up to her highly praised first book, The Art of Brush Lettering, lettering expert and workshop instructor Kelly Klapstein shares her secrets for mastering the essential techniques for creating lovely modern lettering and calligraphy with watercolor.



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B4305. Happy Hand Lettering /Taylor
B4305. Happy Hand Lettering: An Inspirational Guide for Creating Beautiful Words of Life by Maghon Taylor. 2019. 144pp. 9"x10.25". Spiralbound.

Happy Hand Lettering is a colorful and fun guide to learning hand lettering, step by step, drawing inspiration from the Bible throughout. This book is packed full of traceable creative alphabets, and practice pages. It contains many practical ideas for creating handmade gifts such as ornaments, gift tags, and envelopes.

"Maghon's book is about making large letters by hand, joyfully, with a pointed marker, such as a Sharpie. She breaks it down for you and keeps it simple. The instruction moves at very manageable pace. It is like she is there talking to you, showing you, and giving you, each time, only what you need to know for the lesson, including some trace and copy exercise pages for each of the three alphabets you learn. The alphabet styles are common in more contemporary hand lettering; she calls them , my favorite, signature swirl, and print. The second half of the book is a collection of projects to use (and practice) the letters you learn. Each project is also a positive life lesson with inspiration from a passage from the Bible. For example, the "You are strong, bold, beautiful, and brave" project draws inspiration from 1 Thessalonians 5:11: Therefore encourage one another and build one another up."




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