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
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!
About The Author: 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 (www.studioarts.net/calligraphy) 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.
Part I: Yes, You Can Do Calligraphy!
Chapter 1: Doing Calligraphy Can Be as Easy as ABC.
Chapter 2: Peeking Inside the Calligrapher?s Toolbox.
Chapter 3: Putting Your Pen to Paper.
Part II: The Amazing, Incredible Italic Alphabet.
Chapter 4: Taking a Few Baby Steps with Italic.
Chapter 5: Doing Italic with a Calligraphy Pen.
Chapter 6: Perfecting the Italic Alphabet.
Chapter 7: Turning Up the "Wow! Factor" with Variations and Embellishments.
Part III: Expanding Your Repertoire.
Chapter 8: The Blackletter Alphabet.
Chapter 9: Classical Roman Letters.
Chapter 10: Formal Manuscript, Foundational Hand, or Bookhand.
Chapter 11: Formal Uncial and Funky Variations.
Chapter 12: Elegantly Outlined and Decorated Letters.
Chapter 13: A Fancy Document Script.
Part IV: Popular Projects.
Chapter 14: Designing and Lettering a Quotation.
Chapter 15: Creating a Poster or Sign.
Chapter 16: Certificates.
Chapter 17: More Things to Do with Your Calligraphy.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 18: Ten Ways to Use Your Calligraphy for Weddings.
Chapter 19: Ten Fun Alphabets.
Chapter 20: Ten Tips for Making Money Using Your Calligraphy.
Appendix: Practice Pages.