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The Calligrapher's Companion Hardcover – Jun 1997


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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Thunder Bay Pr (Jun. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571450475
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571450470
  • Product Dimensions: 30 x 22.4 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,451,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a comprehensive and practical guide to all aspects of the popular art of calligraphy.

• What nib to choose and how to hold the pen
• How to understand the skeleton of a letter and how to render it
• How to add colour or decoration
• Using backgrounds
• Choosing a text

Section one tells you how to assemble a basic kit of materials, analyses basic letterforms and demonstrates how to put pen to paper.

Section two is the script identifier. This section enables the calligrapher to identify and compare 100 scripts and to select the most useful one for the intended purpose. Each of the ten major calligraphic hands are reproduced as a complete alphabet with directional arrows to show order and direction of strokes. Ten variations are supplied for each of the major hands. The differences that define these variations are highlighted. For all alphabets, pen angles and nib widths are supplied so you can easily re-create them.

The final section looks at the aesthetics of calligraphy and introduces the calligrapher to ideas for adding colour, textured backgrounds, embellishments and illumination.

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About the Author

Mary Noble is a calligrapher and graphic designer and she has co-authored The Art of Colour Calligraphy.

Janet Mehigan is a freelance calligrapher who also teaches calligraphy and painting in Adult Education.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By katherine_oneil@hotmail.com on 4 Oct. 2000
Format: Paperback
This colourful book is inspiring with many examples of modern freeform calligraphy from various sources and guidance on how to achieve this look. Essentially, it provides help with the groundwork neccesary to write formal scripts (with many different textbook examples) which provides the neccesary skill base and confidence so you are able to competantly use a less formal style. Good advice on suitable backgrounds and materials to get you started, with more advanced techniques such as guilding and illumination explored. Plenty of handy tips and hints.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sarahjayne on 7 Mar. 2002
Format: Hardcover
I have a large collection of calligraphy books, but none of them have vast array of Scripts, that this one has. A brilliant book for beginners and of great value to seasoned calligraphers.
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By walking the dog on 21 April 2013
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Found all the information and inspiration needed for a novice calligrapher. Lots of projects and fabulous ideas. The book is in excellent condition.
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By worldjazzstore on 7 Feb. 2015
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nice book. good reference book, and some nice projects, and ideas in there.
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A solid introduction to fundamental letter forms 5 Jun. 2002
By Leland Buck - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This two-volume set is one of the most user-friendly calligraphy books available. It contains a good reference volume, with plenty of rich details about the history and function of various hands, and also contains a useful workbook to help guide the student towards mastery of various letterforms.
The art of calligraphy is one with long history and great usefulness. If only more books made the practice more accessible. This two-volume set is one of the most user-friendly calligraphy books available. It contains a good reference volume, with plenty of rich details about the history and function of various hands, and also contains a useful workbook to help guide the student towards mastery of various letterforms.
The art of calligraphy is one with long history and great usefulness. If only more books made the practice more accessible. A valuable introduction.
Bestbook! 29 Jan. 2013
By trader_cats - Published on Amazon.com
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I have had this book for the past 6 years and got one recently for a freind. It is the best evr if you want to self teach! It has tons of information and a self teaching section, amazing!
Four Stars 5 Mar. 2015
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Good information and examples of calligraphic alphabets
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