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Calligraphy Bible: A Complete Guide to More Than 100 Essential Projects and Techniques Paperback – April 3, 2012
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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.Read more ›
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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Remember to buy the tools you need or you will just be enjoying the beauty of the artwork in the book.Published on February 13, 2013 by MyJoyaGirl