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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.

About the Author

Janet Mehigan first studied calligraphy during her five years of training at art college. She holds a BA (hons) in Education and is a Fellow of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators (SSI), as well as a Fellow and an Associate of the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society (CLAS). She teaches both calligraphy and runs Numerous workshops for students and calligraphic societies. Her work has been in many exhibitions and she has written several books Illumination for Calligraphy and, with co-author Mary Noble, The Calligrapher's Companion, The Beginner's Guide to Calligraphy and The Encyclopedia of Calligraphy Techniques, as well as contributing to many others. Janet enjoys both contemporary and traditional calligraphy and her beautiful work is full of vibrant colour and interest.

Mary Noble is studied calligraphy with England's prestigious Society of Scribes and Illuminators.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover-spiral: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764161156
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764161155
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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By Carrie on January 19, 2013
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This is pretty good. It tells you how to hold the pen and get used to it, it has several different font types. It does say that you have to have this and this special thing, like professional ink, which isn't really necessary for a beginner.
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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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Really like this book. It does not have dozens of alphabets but what is does have is several commonly used scripts. In the introduction is great information about pens, paper, angle, nib widths etc. I took a calligraphy course years ago but did not practice.
This intro really jumped started my work again as it acted like a refresher course. I believe a beginner could use this book. The best part of this book is it shows angle of pen and direction of each pen stroke to create the letter. Notes and tips on creating letters are there also. I have a couple other little books with scripts but this one is the best.
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