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TessDB
03-27-2006, 07:46 AM
I'm wanting to learn calligraphy, but a little stuck deciding where to start. To get me moving (and any other newbies who are lurking out there) I'm looking for book reccomendations. Anyone have a reading list/must have suggestion?

Thanks!
Tess

valchina612
03-27-2006, 08:39 AM
Margaret Shepherd has written quite a few very good Calligraphy Books, and I can recommend them to anyone, beginner or for anyone wanting to learn more. I hope this helps.

Val. :wave:

Merry Scribe
03-27-2006, 10:26 AM
I'm wanting to learn calligraphy, but a little stuck deciding where to start. To get me moving (and any other newbies who are lurking out there) I'm looking for book reccomendations. Anyone have a reading list/must have suggestion?

Thanks!
Tess

Tess there many books out there but the ones I have to be the best for beginners and ever those who want to learn a new hand these are the best that I have found and I constatantly refer to them all of the time.


For beginners you should start with "Lettering & Calligraphy Workbook" by Sterling published by the Diagram Group this book takes you from start to finish. Showing you how to set up your work place, telling you about the different tools, and starting you with some different hands but teaching them in a longical way. I rate this book 5 star.

The second book is more for those who already have the basics down and want tho learn more hands. I use this book almost daily. there are 365 different hands and it is taught so if you want you can learn a new hand every day of the year. This book is also excellent for lefthand scribers. There are 109 left handed hands in this book. the book's title is "Calligraphy Alphabets Made Easy" by Margaret Shepherd. These are not the only books out there but these are the two best ones I have found so far and I am always looking. You can get both of these books at either Barns & Noble or Borders, They can also be found on the internet. Just google them.

I rate both books 5 stars. I hope that I have been of an assistance. If any one has any question about calligraphy I am always here everyday and I will try and answer any question. If I do not have an answer I will find an answer and get back to you.

Brian
Your Friendly Neighborhood Scribe :D :wave: :thumbsup:

Rose Queen
03-27-2006, 12:48 PM
Not so much for learning, but for inspiration, I would recommend every calligrapher, especially aspiring ones, subscribe to the Letter Arts Review, a gorgeous quarterly magazine published through John Neal Books (also a great source for calligraphy tools, books, etc.), P.O. Box 9986, Greensboro, NC 27429, www.letterarts.com. It's $45 a year and they do ship to other countries -- well worth it!

Also, calligraphy books, like any art book, can be expensive, so try finding used copies on amazon.com or http://dogbert.abebooks.com/



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TessDB
03-28-2006, 07:48 AM
Thanks for the suggestions, everyone!

You can get both of these books at either Barns & Noble or Borders, They can also be found on the internet. Just google them.

Or check your local bookstore instead of going to the big guys. (should probably mention here I own a bookstore.) ;)

Tess

Merry Scribe
03-28-2006, 09:18 AM
Thanks for the suggestions, everyone!



Or check your local bookstore instead of going to the big guys. (should probably mention here I own a bookstore.) ;)

Tess

Tess since you own a book store do we get a discount :lol: :lol: :lol:

Brian :D

TessDB
03-28-2006, 11:52 AM
Tess since you own a book store do we get a discount :lol: :lol: :lol:

<Insert unhinged hysterical laughter here>

Until your first impulse is to check the locals before going to the web &/or the big box stores, no. Rather like calligraphers & illuminated texts, we're a vanishing breed.

Getting that Don Quixote feeling again...
Tess

sandspider
03-30-2006, 12:54 PM
Hi,
Something for you to check out its a perodical magazine " art of calligraphy "
its got worksheets , basic equitment and more.
there website is Hachette (http://www.hachettepartworks.co.uk)
I am upto issue 11.

scribblet
04-15-2006, 11:06 AM
One of the better books to begin with IMHO is Gaynor Geoffe Calligraphy School: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Fine Art of Lettering

I would also recommend Susan Hufton Step by Step Calligraphy.

I was fortunate enough to take an Uncial course with Susan Hufton a few years ago when she was in Ontario.

Merry Scribe
04-15-2006, 12:55 PM
I am lucky because I am able to look at any hand and pick it up fairly quickly. At present I know 40 different hands and I have developed a hand of my own. I love calligraphy and I find that it is a fun way to write. I use different hands everyday.

The books I listed are very good and even though I have many other books on calligraphy I refer to these two always.

Brian your friendly neiborhood scribe.:wave: :D

Alex22
09-10-2006, 01:53 PM
The book that helped me into calligraphy is "The art of calligraphy"by David Harris,published by DK.:wave:

scribblet
09-10-2006, 10:08 PM
The book that helped me into calligraphy is "The art of calligraphy"by David Harris,published by DK.:wave:

I have that one too, I enjoy it a lot. I also have a book by Annie Cicale, she's very good.

Another of my faves if Medeaval Calligraphy by Mark Drogen.

Alex22
09-11-2006, 11:46 PM
I have that one too, I enjoy it a lot. I also have a book by Annie Cicale, she's very good.

Another of my faves if Medeaval Calligraphy by Mark Drogen.

That book is one of the most important I have about calligraphy,but I'll check on those authors you posted and see if there's something I can find for me.Thank you!!:wave: