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About the Author

Maryanne Grebenstein is a professional calligrapher who runs the Abbey Studio, in Hingham, Massachusetts (www.theabbeystudio.com), a center offering calligraphy courses as well as handmade products. She has taught calligraphy at the Massachusetts College of Art and the North Bennet Street School in Boston, and at The Corcoran College of Art & Design in Washington, D.C. Grebenstein is also the author of Calligraphy: A Course in Hand Lettering.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823099342
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823099344
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I looked for quit a while trying to decide what calligraphy book to buy and ended up going to a large bookstore in our area so I could look through the books in person, they had approximately a dozen different calligraphy books. This one stood heads above the rest.
I am about 1 month into calligraphy and don't plan to go beyond the fountain pen type pen. But if I do decide to go further this book gives information plentiful, varied and detailed enough that I could set up a professional workshop if I chose to go there in the future.
The book is very comprehensive. It covers gilding, pens from fountain to dip pens, papers , how to setup and prepare a workspace, needed tools. This section you can following completely or easily determine how much, how little and what you do or do not need for your personal needs.
I love that the book addresses holding the pen for right and left handers. There are 10 alphabets to choose from learn one or all and concise instructions on how to make each letter, ie... pen placement and stroke order.
Other areas covered are doing calligraphy on colored papers, mixing colored inks to make new colors, how to choose color combinations. Also included is the pretty stuff, flourishing, which are all the pretty curly cues and such that you may want to add to a letter, a line or a border. Ornamentation of say like a capital letter at the beginning of a book, an invitation, or announcement where they make a beautiful capital letter and then add pretty designs like leaves, flowers, these specially flourished capital letters are often contained within a square then embellished with ornamentation and different colors, even gold leafing or embossing, which of course the book covers.
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(I'm reviewing the UK version "The Complete Calligrapher" which I'm pretty sure is the same book, just with a different cover in the US.)

If the original publisher (or author) reads this, I would make a few suggestions: Remove the wasted space on the Workbook pages. No calligrapher would write in a book like this - the ink would just run! Remove all the white space; then the exemplars in the Workbook pages could fit on two pages easily and could be a little larger too. Also, the broad-pen examplar "nib widths" should match a known nib size (say, like Speedball C-2) so we could trace them.

Still in the Alphabet chapter, I really like the two-page spread for the "Variations" - but putting 4 variations on a page means that each one is really too small to be useful. (I might try to scan them and blow them up.) Would much rather see 2 on a page, printed larger. In fact, the original examplar on the chapter's opening page could be made bigger if it was moved to the facing page. As it is, the eye-candy "example" is larger than the more-useful exemplar.

Otherwise, really nice looking book. Looking forward to reading it in detail.
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My wife bought me this book for my birthday after seeing me struggle with other calligraphy books and online resources. This is by far the BEST I've seen and after just a few months I'm totally designing great scripts. It even has great advice on how to fix the pens which I had been struggling with, then goes into not just the basic alphabets but also variations and ended off with design advice.
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Just finished my first read through, great fun, interesting. I am.looming forward to doing the exercises and tutorials. If I could make a suggestions, please please get someone else to proofread your text, and some of the photos were such bad quality I could count the pixels... It really works me that this book could have been perfect yet such avoidable errors made their way into a book that talks about such a precise and minute craft!!
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By ramona on February 16, 2015
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It was a gift for a friend, she loved it!
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a very good start to the world of calligraphy book, processes and materials that teach to intervene, are great
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