"The law of harmony in flourishing is the same as in love. As long as everything goes along smoothly, harmony prevails. But as soon as some rival crosses the pathway, especially in a diagonal way, there is likely to be trouble in camp. Therefore see that the lines run nearly parallel or cross nearly at right angles."
With the charm of words like these, this pleasantly old-fashioned manual inculcates a fine art that has been virtually lost: the art of ornate pictorial calligraphy, or "flourishing."
A good pen, this book, and practice are all you need to create your own magnificent swirls, delicately shaded curves, harmoniously crisscrossing lines, from which birds, rabbits, deer, ribbons, and other images gracefully emerge. Complete instructions lead you from proper positioning and basic exercises to finished flourishes of increasing complexity.
Frequent helpful hints encourage calligraphers to cultivate grace, harmony, and symmetry by means of diligence, patience, and perseverance. The approach is quaintly traditional, the results delightful. Over 150 lovely examples of flourishes form in themselves a wonderful collection of ornate pictorial calligraphy.
With this unique manual and ample practice, you will help keep alive a glorious decorative art. As this book belongs to the Dover Pictorial Archive series, its permission-free illustrations may also be applied to a multitude of graphic arts and design purposes.
Thank you so much! This is a great book along with IAMPETH , and other video help. Very nice!Published 7 months ago by Mpwest
It was a cool idea to improve my pin striping skills with a book on non-alphabetical calligraphy, but I had no clue it would be dozens of pages of birds made out of lines. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Brittany Harris
I couldn't wait to receive this after ordering it. Thank you! It has arrived!Published 8 months ago by annonymous
Great book, well worth the price. There aren't that many books about calligraphy flourishing anymore, but this is a good one.Published 11 months ago by David