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Modern Calligraphy: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started in Script Calligraphy Paperback – September 24, 2013
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“Molly has reinvented the art of calligraphy! There is nothing more exciting than receiving an envelope in the mail that was calligraphed by Molly. Her playful and charming script makes such a statement and her envelopes instantly become treasures (not trash)!” ―Cheree Berry, Cheree Berry Paper and former Kate Spade designer
“Molly Suber Thorpe is a marvel: her work is creative, fun, full of energy, and marked with personal style.” ―Ashley Maddox of Where I'd Stay blog
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In skill, I am somewhere in the Intermediate area, but this has beginning tips as well as pointers on working with watercolor and gouache. Molly Suber Thorpe gives helpful pointers on nibs, nib holders, ink, and paper(which is worse - having paper that your nib skips on, or the sound of your nib skipping on paper?) for those just starting out, and then segues into writing - "letters first, then words, then sentences." There are some wonderful reference pages with upper- and lower-case letters of the alphabet, followed by a page with numbers and punctuation. Some reviewers complained that the pages are ordered by letter of the alphabet, but I prefer to look at individual letters rather than alphabets. (A note on the printing - the background of the letter pages has a grid pattern, and in my book the page with Ss and Ts has the background grid visible over the letters. I found it slightly distracting but not detrimental; I'll add a photo showing what I mean.)
The book explains spacing, working with rulers or with a light box to achieve a straight line, as well as digitizing one's calligraphy. Writing with watercolor and gouache are covered(as well as ink and watercolor washes in general) in the Intermediate Technique section. The section on addressing envelopes also has a handy etiquette chart!
The final section of the book is devoted to DIY calligraphy projects, and while I may not directly do these projects, the information is sure to be useful for similar projects in the future.Read more ›
While it is not a true step by step beginner calligraphy book (there are not numbered directional arrows for each letter), seeing all of the different permutations of how letters can be drawn has given me great ideas and has taught me more than what a traditional calligraphy book has (e.g., Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy).
A great buy!!
The beginning of the book was helpful for learning more about pens and ink, but I didn't find the content of the book helpful other than as an idea source. The author has beautiful work, but it's not easily replicated and the book does not do much to assist you in replicating her work. It is not a good book for those who need a lot of instruction in lettering. Also, the designs in this book are meant for a very very very fine tipped pen. Even fine pre-loaded pens are not ideal for the lettering in this book as all of the letters are very delicate.
However, after reading her book, I found lots of golden nuggets and feel in love with the DIY aspect of the book rather than modern calligraphy itself. Overall, I would still recommend this book, but not necessarily for calligraphy, but for those who love DIY projects as much as I do.
It's great to see her break down the DIY projects based on cost, time, materials, etc. It gave me a real understanding what I can tackle, learn, and take on another day. Still a fun book to have for those raining days when you're having too much time on your hand and not enough sunshine to get you out the door.
For those interested in the history of calligraphy, I have to encourage you to check out Sacred Calligraphy of the East!
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I'm an artist, and I want to learn calligraphy to improve my handwriting for when I need to write something together with my paintings, or in my sketchbook. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Erickson
Book is written in a way that even a novice calligrapher like me can understand and follow through.Love the projects at the back of the bookPublished 1 month ago by Pravin Prabhu
I purchased this book upon the recommendation of a blog called the Postman's Knock, as I was delving for the first time into calligraphy and wanted some guidance. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rachel Downing
Love this book! Great tutorial on how to get started in the art of writingPublished 2 months ago by Tiffany M Di Nieri
It's true what they say, this is the best "how to" calligraphy book on the market. I first checked out a copy from the literary and decided I needed a copy for my very... Read morePublished 2 months ago by SLCgirl
Perfect book for the person newly into calligraphy. Very informative and came highly recommended by a writing instructor.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer