The Complete Guide to Calligraphy: Master Scripts of the West and East, Step-by-Step with 45 Projects

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The most comprehensive guide to learning the art of calligraphy.

This step-by-step handbook to the ancient art of beautiful lettering includes the key scripts of the world: Europe's major Roman alphabets (including Versal and Copperplate), Greek, Cyrillic, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese and Japanese.

Each of the 14 script-technique sections contains a wealth of information and instruction, including:

  • Letter anatomy
  • Pen techniques and control
  • Pens, brushes and nibs
  • Stroke sequences
  • Paper and other media
  • Left-handed techniques
  • Inks, paints and metallics
  • Common mistakes and problem-solving tips.

There are 50 authentic projects such as a kabbalah prayer in Hebrew, a fabric bag with Bedouin motif, an illuminated Celtic prayer, and a "hope, love and joy" talisman in Chinese.

Whether for learning this ancient skill or for crafting personalized cards and gifts, this book celebrates the sage advice of calligraphers worldwide: "The joy of calligraphy lies in its practical aspect."

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About the Author:

Ralph Cleminson is Professor of Slavonic Studies at the University of Portsmouth in England and Visiting Professor at the Central European University in Budapest. He is a specialist in medieval manuscripts and early-printed books, with a particular interest in development of writing systems.

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The perfect addition to any general-interest public library holding. (Diane C. Donovan The Midwest Book Review: Library Bookwatch)

An all-encompassing ... essential book for anyone interested in learning calligraphy, expanding their skills or learning the key scripts of the world.... Beautiful to look at and fascinating to read. (Decorating Digest Craft Home Projects)

[Globe and Mail 2006 Holiday Gift Books selection] This gorgeous, practical book is the ultimate reference to the key scripts of the world. (Globe and Mail 2006-12-09)

This handsome and thorough instruction guide would make a lovely gift for anyone interested in calligraphy. (Jane Harrison Calgary Herald 2006-12-02)

Brings [an] ancient art...into the modern era. (Samara O'Shea Country Living Holidays 2006-12-01)

A detailed, in-depth reference not to be missed by any general library or specialty collection looking for more than a casual treatment of calligraphy. (James A. Cox The Midwest Book Review: California Bookwatch 2007-02-11)

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