- Series: Reader's Digest
- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Readers Digest (October 15, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0762103507
- ISBN-13: 978-0762103508
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 2 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,730,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Complete Calligraphy Set (Reader's Digest) Hardcover – October 15, 2001
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Top Customer Reviews
I especially enjoyed the close-up pictures of the flourishes in Ms. Bowen's calligraphy - there were plenty of pictures of her calligraphy styles - great inspiration to try some myself someday!
I also loved the fact that the book had a good quality pen with nibs included that could have a reservoir attached - this has been hard to find in my area so it was great to be able to try them out - they seemed to be of a very good quality also which was an important selling point for me.
Ms. Bowen did an excellent job of visually showing how to lay out work for a finished piece - I have half a dozen books but it's the best I've seen - plenty of books explain how to make the strokes for the various font styles but very few have interesting projects in them or visually show how to plan and lay out a project.
This book has projects anyone can enjoy and there are plenty of pictures of the projects to inspire calligraphers for projects of their own.
The instruction book includes good instructions for forming the letters. The projects in the project book seems interesting. Unfortunately, there are no instructions for using the tools.
I've never used a calligraphy pen before and I could not figure out how to load the ink and get it to write. I tried dipping it in the ink and that didn't work either. I will probably end up going to an art store and buying a different kind of pen.
I purchased this set because I was hoping to get everything I needed to start. If I were to do it over again, I'd buy a different book and purchase pens and ink at a store where they can show me how to use it.
And it is superior, anyone who likes calligraphy will love this. it is NOT a truly basic, but anyone who is not familiar will have no problems working on the kit. It is a whole calligraphy set. not just making Prettily letters with a flat nib.