“This book will provide you with the first steps toward developing a calligraphic hand that is unique to you, attractive, and easy to read,” Judy Detrick writes in the introduction of her book, Simple Calligraphy: A Beginner’s Guide to Elegant Lettering.
~ What ~
This ninety-six-page paperback targets those who want to learn how to create calligraphy writing. After an introduction, eight chapters cover the topic, ending with further studies, resources, author’s biography, acknowledgments, and index.
After explaining pens, ink, and paper, the writer begins with how to hold the pen at a 30-degree angle with slanted downstrokes. Small letters, capitals, numerals, and flourishes follow. Also discussed are project ideas and additional font styles.
Since I have a degree in art, I love picking up books to learn better techniques in different mediums. I like how simple this book is as it shows the beginner calligrapher how to write letters and numbers. I liked the tips on using a broad edge fountain pen initially, practicing on college ruled paper, and practicing often to get the technique perfected.
~ Why Not ~
Those who are already calligraphers or advanced in the skill may not glean anything new from this simplistic instructional book. Because the book does not lay flat, it would have to be secured somehow when referring to its diagrams when practicing writing.
~ Who ~
A calligrapher teacher and graphic designer for more than twenty-five years in Northern California, the author has been an editor, letterpress printer, and collector of ephemera, and she still teaches the craft.
~ Wish ~
I wish the book included more lined pages that the beginner could use for practicing. There is one small cut out page of lines that can be used under thin paper, but it would be thoughtful to include pages to write directly on with the examples also on the same page. It would be easier if the book laid flat.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for an introductory tutorial of calligraphy, this is a good starter book that gives step by step processes and examples.
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