Title: Simply Calligraphy: A Beginner’s Guide to Elegant Lettering
Author: Judy Detrick
No. of Pages: 96
Published: April 19, 2016
Source: Blogging for Books
Genre: Non-Fiction, Art
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B & N
This simple guide to calligraphy teaches just the basics, allowing novices to jump right in and make their own wedding invitations, hand-label envelopes, write their own placecards, and explore their creative side.
With the rise of do-it-yourselfers, there is growing demand for a calligraphy guide that is much simpler than what’s currently on the market. This book answers that call, with a focus on only the popular Italic alphabet rather than the scads normally covered by other books (Gothic, Uncials, Half-uncials, and so on). After learning the basic letters, this book presents an open invitation–and a bit of inspiration–to make calligraphy one’s own with creative flourishes for every project and occasion. With a modern two-color design and simple explanatory text, Simply Calligraphy’s unintimidating approach proves that calligraphy is as easy as picking up pen and paper. ― Publisher
Calligraphy is a lettering art I have always admired for its fluidity and beauty. Not only that, but it’s an artistic talent that has steadily been re-emerging in light of the numerous DIY’s out there. Thus, when I saw Simply Calligraphy I instantly requested it. At first glance, the book is welcoming and as you skim through the pages you notice that the book offers short easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions and exercises to better help you craft these lovely italic letters. To boot, it offers a brief introduction to the various tools and materials needed to master this skill. Additionally, the book mainly focuses on the essential foundations such as hairline strokes, pen angles, pen nibs, paper, flourishes, and ornaments.
In the end, however, Simply Calligraphy was, as its title clearly suggests, a simple overview on calligraphy for beginners. The pages are bland and monotone with nothing to really keep the student engaged. I personally would have liked to have seen more color, more vision, more examples with details to provoke me to drive to my local craft store and actually invest in some tools and materials.
All things said, Simply Calligraphy is a great elementary reference book; howbeit, I will invest in a more interactive book that is up to par with my taste and influence me to master this beautiful and stylish art form.