Calligraphy For Dummies (Google eBook)

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 25, 2011 - Art - 336 pages
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You’ve always admired beautiful calligraphy, but you probably figured it was way too hard to master, right ?   Calligraphy is actually much easier than you ever dreamed. All you need is the right guide and you’ll be up to speed in no time!

Calligraphy For Dummies lets anyone discover the art and fun of lettering. With this hands-on guide, you’ll be able to develop your craft and test it out in no time. Starting with the italic alphabet, you’ll discover different types of strokes, how to angle your pen, and how to join letters. This easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide shows you:

  • All the tools you need to practice the craft
  • Where to get the proper ink and paper
  • How to master several alphabets
  • Different variations to change the look of letters
  • How to mix and match your alphabets
  • How to create a poster, sign, or certificate
  • Ways to design and letter a quotation
  • Common mistakes that can easily be avoided

Calligraphy For Dummies also provides tips on how to put your calligraphy skills to good use, with ideas for making money, adding flair to wedding invitations, and more! It also includes ten fun alphabets and practice pages to hone in on your talent, as well as examples of poorly formed letters to keep you on track. With a little practice, you’ll be creating stunning letters and experiencing the joys of writing calligraphy!


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Doing Calligraphy Can Be as Easy as ABC
Peeking Inside the Calligraphers Toolbox
Putting Your Pen to Paper
The Amazing Incredible Italic Alphabet
Doing Italic with a Calligraphy Pen
Perfecting the Italic Alphabet
Turning Up the Wow Factor with Variations and Embellishments 79 Using Variations to Change the Look of Letters
Elegantly Outlined and Decorated Letters
A Fancy Document Script
Designing and Lettering a Quotation
Creating a Poster or Sign
More Things to Do with Your Calligraphy
Ten Ways to Use Your Calligraphy for Weddings
Ten Fun Alphabets

The Blackletter Alphabet
Classical Roman Letters
Formal Manuscript Foundational Hand or Bookhand
Formal Uncial and Funky Variations
Ten Tips for Making Money Using Your Calligraphy
Practice Pages

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2011)

Jim Bennett has been teaching calligraphy for about 30 years. He has taught at every level from kindergarten through college and has introduced thousands of people to calligraphy. Although he lost count some time ago, he suspects that he must hold a record for the number of students he has taught in the classroom, by correspondence, and through the Internet.
Jim has a B.F.A. degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and an M.F.A. degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Among the awards he has earned are the Virginia Artists Certificate of Distinction and the Ohio Art Education Association’s Distinguished Educator Award in 2003.
In 1982, Jim self-published a popular instruction manual titled “You Can Do Calligraphy.” He also developed a complete Italic handwriting curriculum for grades K through 5 for Wakefield School in Virginia, created a calligraphy correspondence course for Lord Fairfax Community College, and pioneered calligraphy lessons on the Internet. His calligraphy website ( has had almost one million visitors. He is the founder and manager of the original Calligraphy Webring which is comprised of about a hundred of the finest calligraphy websites internationally.
In addition to calligraphy, Jim worked for several years as a portrait artist under the name Bennecelli. He has also painted murals. Recently, he has been developing art-related projects based on adventure themes that math teachers can use to enhance math instruction.

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