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Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy: A Step-by-Step Manual (Lettering, Calligraphy, Typography) Paperback – May 8, 2000
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Developed by English handwriting masters in the 18th century, copperplate calligraphy is admired for its fluidity and beauty. It is the most popular style for social correspondence, invitations, and other communications requiring an elegant hand.
In this practical manual, a noted calligraphy teacher offers a comprehensive, step-by-step guide for the student. Beginning with a brief but fascinating history of copperplate, she moves quickly to an in-depth examination of the alphabet, numbers, and punctuation. Each letter is demonstrated stroke by stroke with a clear explanation.
Readers will also find detailed discussions of writing in color, using the proper paper, and learning how to retouch, correct, and crop. Ms. Winters then shows how copperplate can be used to write a simple paragraph, a short quotation, or poetry, and explains how to use the script commercially for addressing envelopes and writing name cards and invitations. With this easy-to-follow manual and some practice, calligraphers will be able to create copperplate scripts with the rhythm, grace, and ease of the great writing masters.
Unabridged Dover (2000) republication of the edition published by Watson-Guptill, New York, 1989.
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Step by step directions on how to form the letters including how much pressure to apply on upstrokes, downstrokes, etc
Detailed list of supplies you will need to get started with
Many detailed photos of the lettering and techniques
Glossary of terms
Step by Step on how to change size of letters
Once mastered, the sky is the limit on what you could do with this skill, just making pretty Christmas cards, or make money doing wedding invitations, anniversary invitations, award certificates, etc they turn out beautiful!
I finally saw an online comment where a pious experienced calligrapher pointed out that 'duh, it's all based on Copperplate so how can you expect to freestyle without learning the basics?' Well, this was news to me, but at last I found a place to start.
This book seemed overwhelmingly thorough when I received it but I resolved to take it slow. I did pages and pages of practice drills before even attempting a letterform. After about two weeks and many hours of practice, I moved on to lower-case letters and did alright--all those drills were teaching me about slant and the proportions and starting a little muscle memory in my hand.
I've got a long way to go, but if I put in another hundred zillion practice hours in I might get somewhere.
Products available on Amazon that hugely helped this beginner:
Zebra G nib (10-pack)
Sumi ink (I like the one in the green bottle)
T-40 pen holder
I do have a background in calligraphy, but it has been awhile. I thought this book would be over my head, but that is not going to be the case. This book is even good for a begnner. Why not learn with the best type of calligraphy from the beginning.
This came book through Switzerland post and was here faster than my mail from Texas to Seattle.