Calligraphy in Ten Easy Lessons

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Anyone can master the beautiful art of calligraphy, a rewarding pursuit that requires few tools and no artistic training. This practical guide―the only book that teaches the basic Italic hand (also known as Chancery Cursive) in ten easy steps―offers comprehensive instructions for beginners.
Two expert calligraphers show how to get started, with definitions of terms and suggestions for assembling materials, choosing a good writing surface, lighting the work space, posture, ...

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Overview

Anyone can master the beautiful art of calligraphy, a rewarding pursuit that requires few tools and no artistic training. This practical guide―the only book that teaches the basic Italic hand (also known as Chancery Cursive) in ten easy steps―offers comprehensive instructions for beginners.
Two expert calligraphers show how to get started, with definitions of terms and suggestions for assembling materials, choosing a good writing surface, lighting the work space, posture, placement of the paper, setting up the page, and assembling the pen. After demonstrating how to make the basic calligraphic strokes, they give specific instructions for forming letters, numbers, and punctuation. Readers will also find detailed discussions of spacing and connecting letters; forming words and sentences; drawing "swash" capitals; changing nibs; using color; making corrections; and waterproofing their work.
Students will also discover an exciting variety of applications for their new skills, including addressing envelopes, making invitations, creating personalized stationery, and transcribing special texts or poems. Additional helpful features include a section of questions and answers and an appendix covering pens, inks, paper, light boxes, and other useful tools for using the basic Italic hand to create elegant works of calligraphic art.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Douglass's contribution to the elegant art of calligraphy is meant to be "a sound elementary introduction...for the casual letterer" and "the beginning calligrapher." The book hits its rather modest mark, covering the Roman alphabet, Italic, script, and other historic forms. It was originally published in 1949, and substantial revisions appear to have ended in 1967. The bibliography ends with that date, and the book misses recent innovations in color and design. Winters and Lico's Calligraphy in Ten Easy Lessons was originally published in 1986, but its revisions do take on calligraphy's most recent concepts and sources. The book covers only basic italic hand but does so thoroughly. It is highly recommended as an inexpensive beginner's manual. For a more advanced treatment, see David Harris's The Art of Calligraphy: A Practical Guide to the Skills and Techniques. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486418049
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 12/26/2002
  • Series: Lettering, Calligraphy, Typography Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 710,979
  • Product dimensions: 8.34 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 0.32 (d)

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