The Art and Craft of Hand Lettering: Techniques, Projects, Inspiration

The Art and Craft of Hand Lettering: Techniques, Projects, Inspiration

by Annie Cicale


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The Art and Craft of Hand Lettering: Techniques, Projects, Inspiration by Annie Cicale

One of the most highly recommend instructional books for broad-edged calligraphy, this handbook is ideal for classes or self-study to master the basics of calligraphy. All of the essentials are included in this volume, from the history and practices of this ancient art to a guide to the tools, materials, and design basics needed to create elegant, beautiful writing for all occasions. Also featured is a gallery of examples from today’s best scribes, along with detailed exemplars and diagrams.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615466965
Publisher: Bloomin Books
Publication date: 09/30/2011
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 824,397
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Annie Cicale is a former chemical engineer who holds a BFA in printmaking and an MFA in graphic design. She has taught art on the elementary through university levels, has served on the faculty for international calligraphy conferences, and teaches workshops throughout North America. She lives in Fairview, North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1The Tools of the Scribe8
Other Tools and Supplies16
A Brief History of Writing18
Chapter 2Getting Started20
The Basics of Writing20
Preparing to Write22
Beginning to Write26
Creating a Practice Journal28
Chapter 3Monoline Letterforms30
Roman Capitals32
Understanding Spacing36
Monoline Capital Variations41
Monoline Lowercase Romans42
Chapter 4The Broad-Edged Pen44
Broad-Pen Roman Capitals56
Other Historical Models75
Black Letter78
Adapting a Historical Manuscript85
Chapter 5Beyond the Broad Edge88
The Development of Copperplate Printing88
The Pointed Pen88
Copperplate Script91
The Pointed Brush94
Ruling Pens96
Other Writing Tools97
Chapter 6Drawing and Writing98
Drawn Letterforms98
Drawing Tools100
Chapter 7Design102
Elements of Design102
Principles of Design107
Design Variables108
Variables of Emphasis111
Word and Image111
The Design Process114
Chapter 8The Projects121
Addressing Formal and Informal Envelopes122
Rainbow-Effect Greeting Cards126
Lettering for Journals or Scrapbooks130
Carving Alphabet Stamps134
Photo Calendar138
Flourished Guest Book142
Printed Invitation150
Drawing and Lettering a Map156
Silk-Screened Pillow Design160
Screen-Printed T-Shirt Design163
Lettered Frieze166
Lettering a Mailbox170
Lettering on Fabric174
Manuscript Book with Medieval Page Format178
Author's Biography187
Artist's Index192

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