The Bible of Illuminated Letters: A Treasury of Decorative Calligraphy

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Illumination—the creation of elaborate, decorated letters and initials—reached its apogee in the monasteries of medieval Europe. Embellished with gold leaf, the illuminated letters of those early scribes seemed to reflect light, as though they were indeed “illuminated.” This traditional art is now attracting new enthusiasts.
  • Illuminated Letters presents step-by-step instructions for recreating illuminated alphabets from six historical periods, including Celtic, ...
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Overview


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Illumination—the creation of elaborate, decorated letters and initials—reached its apogee in the monasteries of medieval Europe. Embellished with gold leaf, the illuminated letters of those early scribes seemed to reflect light, as though they were indeed “illuminated.” This traditional art is now attracting new enthusiasts.
  • Illuminated Letters presents step-by-step instructions for recreating illuminated alphabets from six historical periods, including Celtic, Gothic, and Romanesque. Diagrams for upper- and lower-case letters are accompanied by ideas for borders and decorations, and full instructions for gilding.
  • Each section also explores ways in which the illuminated letters can be adapted to create a truly personal style, while a gallery of modern examples will inspire further creativity.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Margaret Morgan is a professional calligrapher and an Associate of the Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society. She regularly accepts both public and private commissions and conducts workshops for calligraphic societies. Although traditional formal calligraphy involving gilding, painting, and heraldry form an important part of her work, she increasingly enjoys the challenge of more experimental lettering. She is the author of two previously published books on calligraphy.

FOREWORD BY ROSEMARY BUCZEK
Rosemary Buczek is a Master Penman and served two terms as President of the International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764158209
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Series: Quarto Book Ser.
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 412,204
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 8.12 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author


Margaret Morgan is a professional calligrapher and an Associate of the Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society. She regularly accepts both public and private commissions and conducts calligraphy workshops.

Rosemary Buczek is a Master Penman and served two terms as President of the International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH)

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Table of Contents

Foreword 8
Introduction 10
How to Use This Book 12
Chapter 1 Tools and Techniques 14
Tools and Materials 16
Your Workstation 18
Paper 20
Vellum and Parchment 24
Preparing vellum 26
Stretching vellum 28
Brushes 34
Pens 36
Pencils 38
Paints 40
Gouache 40
Watercolors 42
Egg tempera 44
Inks 48
Gilding 50
Flat gilding 52
Raised and burnished gold 54
Shell gold 61
Metallic gouache and bronze powders 62
Chapter 2 Preparing to Work 64
Layout and Design 66
Color 74
Transferring Designs to Paper 78
Using Illumination and Decoration 81
Chapter 3 Alphabet Directory 84
Celtic 86
History 88
Step-by-step demonstration 92
Decorated capitals and numbers 96
Insular half uncial hand and variations 104
Borders and motifs 108
Ottonian 110
History 112
Step-by-step demonstration 116
Decorated capitals and numbers 120
Carolingian hand and variations 128
Versals and numbers 131
Borders and motifs 132
Romanesque 136
History 138
Step-by-step demonstration 142
Decorated capitals and numbers 146
Foundational hand and variations 154
Borders and motifs 158
Gothic 162
History 164
Step-by-step demonstration 168
Decorated capitals and numbers 172
Gothic hand and variations 180
Borders and motifs 184
Renaissance: White Vine 186
History 188
Step-by-step demonstration 192
Decorated capitals and numbers 196
Humanist hand and variations 204
Borders and motifs 208
Renaissance: Neo-Classical 210
History 212
Step-by-step demonstration 216
Decorated capitals and numbers 220
Italic hand and variations 228
Borders and motifs 232
Chapter 4 Contemporary Gallery 236
Glossary 248
Resources 250
Calligraphy Societies 251
Further Reading 252
Index 253
Acknowledgments 256
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2008

    A good start

    This book provides all the information needed for someone just starting to look into illumination. It lays out the designs for all the letters in a variety of styles of alphabets, such as the Ottoman and the Renaissance. There is also a good outline of how to apply gold embellishments. Overall, a great book with tons of details to make it simple to understand illumination and how to differentiate between various styles.

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  • Posted August 22, 2009

    Beautiful Letters

    Its a great compendium of calligraphy styles and how-to's. It goes one step further than the average calligraphy book by showing you how to make them colorful and beautiful. There are still many uses today for beautiful calligraphy. It's presented in hardback ringbind form for longevity and easy viewing.

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