The Complete Idiot's Guide to Calligraphy

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Calligraphy, that beautiful script lettering that seems like art, has increased in popularity over the last several years. From brides who want to address their wedding invitations to do-it-yourselfers who want to prepare certificates or make a family tree, calligraphy books and classes are hot! Whether you want to address thank you notes, or are interested in the latest craze— Japanese Calligraphy— The Complete Idiot's Guide to Calligraphy is the fun and easy-to-use resource. Featuring an oversize, lay-flat ...

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Overview

Calligraphy, that beautiful script lettering that seems like art, has increased in popularity over the last several years. From brides who want to address their wedding invitations to do-it-yourselfers who want to prepare certificates or make a family tree, calligraphy books and classes are hot! Whether you want to address thank you notes, or are interested in the latest craze— Japanese Calligraphy— The Complete Idiot's Guide to Calligraphy is the fun and easy-to-use resource. Featuring an oversize, lay-flat format with space for practicing and copying, this book offers the best advice in techniques, equipment and style and contains 6 full calligraphy fonts and 10 specific projects.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780028641546
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 3/23/2001
  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 817,316
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.78 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Eldershaw studied calligraphy as part of her graphic design curriculum at Randwick College in Sydney, Australia, and studied typography in London, England. She has had more than 25 years' experience as a graphic designer and often uses her own lettering in designs for postcards and brochures. She also has done calligraphic lettering for New Woman Magazine and The New York Post. Her book, Mood Food: Brighten, Heal, and Elevate Your State of Mind, will be published by Sourcebooks in spring of 2001. You can find Jane Eldershaw's Web site at http://www.eldershaw.com.

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Table of Contents

I. START WRITE.

1. The ABCs of Beautiful Handwriting.

b.c.: Before Computer. Different Styles, Different Names. Handwriting. Calligraphy in an Electronic. People Get Paid for Doing This? Artistic Talent Not Essential.

2. Pick Up Your.

The Only Tools You Need to Begin.

Slant Board. Carpenter's Pencil or 2mm Felt-Tipped Calligraphic.

Posture Makes Perfect. Get a Grip: How to Hold the. Left? Write! Working the Angles. Some Warming-Up Exercises. Learning Your ABCs.

Study the Letters. Trace. Practice on Ruled Paper.

3. Starting in Style: Formal Italic.

So What's Formal Italic?

The Important Things to Know about Formal Italic. Stroke Sequence.

II. THE WRITE STUFF.

4. Tools of the Trade.

Calligraphic Fountain Pens. Calligraphic Broad-Nibbed Pens.

Assembling. Reservoirs. Loading a Pen with. Fixing Ink Flow Problems. Cleaning Pens.

Other Equipment You'll Need. Ink. Color.

Color Inks. Gouache.

Paper.

5. Practice, Practice, Practice.

The Route from Awkward to Graceful. Setting Line Spaces. Ruling Lines. Put the Brakes on the Shakes. Loosening-Up Exercises. Using a Light. Correcting Mistakes.

6. Elegant Variations: Chancery Cursive.

How to Make Beautiful Serifs. Some Important Things to Know about Cursive Italic. Swashes and Flourishes.

III. THE A TO Z OF DESIGNING WITH WORDS.

7. From Letters to Words.

Letter Spacing. Word Spacing. Line Spacing. You're Running Out of Space or You Have Too Much. How to Center Lines of Calligraphy.

8. Designing a Project.

Interpreting the Text. Thumbnail Sketches. Emphasis and Weight, Scale and Balance. Margins. Initial Caps and Decorations. Centered, Left, Right, Asymmetrical?

9. Projects to Begin With.

Bookmarks. Place Cards. Greeting Card Ideas. Scoring Paper. Getting Cards Printed. Menus. Fitting It All. Creating the Mood.

IV. TURNING WORDS INTO.

10. Wedding Invitations.

Where Do You Begin? Finding Your Theme. The Many Parts of the Wedding Invitation. The Wording. Ideas for Designing Your Own Invitations. Ordering Printing. The Wording on the Envelopes. Doing the Calligraphy on the Envelopes. Stuffing and Mailing Envelopes.

11. Japanese Calligraphy and Scrolls.

Japanese Calligraphy. Using Japanese Characters. Learning to Write Japanese Characters. Making a Poetry Scroll.

12. Making a Family Tree.

Doing Your Homework. Making a Simple Four-Generation Chart. A Layout Challenge: The More Detailed Chart.

13. Making Posters and Playing with Words.

Location, Location, Location. Less Is More. Make It Eye-Catching. Playing with Words. Ways to Write Large Letters.

V. THE MEDIUM IS THE MESSAGE.

14. Different Tools, Different Effects.

Reeds, Bamboo Pens, and … Makeup Sponges? Making a Quill. How to Cut. Unusual Tools from Shops. Making Rubber Stamps. Making Embossed and Debossed Letters.

15. Getting into Print.

Instant Printer or Commercial Printer? Timing, Pricing, and Estimates. Choosing Paper, Format, and Folds. Preparing Artwork for the Printer. Check Everything.

16. Ornamentation and Presentation.

Using Gold Ink and Gouache. Making a Decorative Capital Letter. Ribbons and Tassels. Cutouts and 3-D Decorations. Framing.

VI. TRY YOUR HAND AT THESE.

17. Roman Capitals.

Classic and Dignified. The Important Things to Know about Roman Capitals. Serifs.

18. Uncials.

Wide and Sprightly. The Important Things to Know about Uncials.

19. Foundational.

Solid and Steady. The Important Things to Know about Foundational.

20. Gothic.

Dignified and Dark. The Important Things to Know about Gothic.

APPENDIXES.

Appendix A. Glossary.

Appendix B. Further Readings.

Appendix C. Web Sites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2005

    Great book!

    This is a great book for a begginer. It explained the different nibs and it gives you clear instructions on how to write in different fonts. It also gives you instructions on how to clean the nibs and how to sit when you're writing. There are also tons of projects! This is great if you're a begginer, but I think this is a good book for an advanced calligrapher too!

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