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Calligraphy Alphabets for Beginners: The Easy Way to Learn Lettering and Illumination Techniques Hardcover-spiral – August 15, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover-spiral: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (August 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764161156
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764161155
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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' This is a great starting point' Good Book Guide (October 2008) "For clarity, attention to detail and not being diverted from the avowed purpose of the book, you'd have to give this 12 out of 10." ArtBookReview.net (31/10/08) 'This comprehensive guide to calligraphy techniques from A&C Black is packed with over 250 photographs, detailed guides for producing the essential calligraphy shapes and strokes for each letter' Simply cords mag --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Here's the only calligraphy book on the market that walks you through 14 key alphabets, letter-by-letter and stroke-by-stroke.

This in-depth introduction for beginners presents core alphabets in styles to suit every occasion.

Each letter is analyzed in detail, enabling beginners to master the form. Includes step-by-step photo sequences showing the strokes of each letter, handwriting rhythm exercises, and hints and tips on spacing.

Advises on adding color and sparkle to text with quick-to-learn and fun-to-do illumination techniques.

Mary Noble spreads her enthusiasm for calligraphy by teaching, writing, and exhibiting her work. She is a Fellow of the U.K.-based Society of Scribes and Illuminators, and the Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society, of which she is a former chairperson. She is a co-author of The Encyclopedia of Calligraphy and Illuminated Letters and The Beginner's Guide to Calligraphy.
Janet Mehigan studied with the Society of Scribes and Illuminators and is an Honored Fellow. A freelance calligrapher, she also teaches calligraphy and painting in Adult Education courses. She is a co-author of The Encyclopedia of Calligraphy.

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A must have book for any beginning calligraphy student!
MusingCrow
Beautiful gloss pages, spiral bound to lay flat on a drawing table, and to my cursory glances full of great info and projects.
CG Reich
Yet, this book is chock full of ideas, tips and approaches that I find very useful.
John B. Fisher

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By MusingCrow VINE VOICE on December 28, 2008
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I consider this to be one of the best books for beginners. Lots of "how to's", lots of illustrations and wonderful calligraphic styles to learn. I especially appreciate spiral bound books. A must have book for any beginning calligraphy student!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Lettering4U on March 14, 2011
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This book is, by far, the best book termed for beginners. Written by two outstanding artists in the calligraphy world, it gives outstanding instruction and examples. The reason I purchased this book, after getting it from the library, was because it has so much information packed in a small book and most significantly all the specific tips and interline spacing suggestions. I like that it's spiral bound and can stay open on my slanted table.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By E. Gradwell on March 15, 2010
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I absolutely love this book! I am a beginner with Calligraphy and having so many alphabets available with the strokes for creating them is a real boon. I think having all the aphas in one place will help me to create my very own "style".
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John B. Fisher on April 4, 2013
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For the past forty-five years I've done calligraphy. My grandfather had a SpeedBall Calligraphy Alphabet book. That, combined with an old pen and nib set got me started. While I don't practice it frequently enough to consider myself anything other than an amateur, I don't consider myself to be a beginner. Yet, this book is chock full of ideas, tips and approaches that I find very useful. If you don't buy any other Calligraphy book, spend your money on this reasonably priced gem!! I highly recommend this one.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tiptoes Lightly on March 21, 2013
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What I like:
* This book has MANY different alphabet "fonts" to choose from.
* It's spiral bound and opens all the way, like a cookbook. So it's works great for keeping the pages open while you practice.

What I don't like:
* The book is a little confusing b/c it is not arranged alphabetically, it's arranged by letter shape. So if you're learning how to create a "C," you'll find instructions for a "G" and a "Q" in the same section.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pennie Young on December 29, 2012
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Chose this book as a gift for a beginning calligrapher, and must say that I wish I had ordered it for myself as well ! Very nice layout and instructions are clear and simple to follow. From the most basic letters to the more complicated, this book should be in every calligrapher's library !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Kain on February 13, 2014
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I teach calligraphy and this book is one of my students' favorite reference book. It illustrates how to form the letters very clearly and is an excellent book to have if you want to write calligraphy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Peavley on January 31, 2014
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This book is great. I liked the way it presented the different strokes along with the practices for the letters.
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