Book Review: {Simply Calligraphy: A Beginner’s Guide to Elegant Lettering | By: Judy Detrick}


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Title: 
Simply Calligraphy: A Beginner’s Guide to Elegant Lettering

Author: Judy Detrick
Edition: Paperback
No. of Pages: 96
Published: April 19, 2016
Source: Blogging for Books
Genre: Non-Fiction, Art
Links: Goodreads 
Amazon B & N
Rating: two-stars

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

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Title: Simply Calligraphy: A Beginner's Guide to Elegant Lettering Author: Judy Detrick Edition: Paperback No. of Pages: 96 Published: April 19, 2016 Source: Blogging for Books Genre: Non-Fiction, Art Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B & N Rating: 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…

My Assessment

Informational & Beneficial - 5
Engaging & Entertaining - 2
Cover Art - 5
Overall Impression - 4

4

It Was Okay

Simply Calligraphy is a very very basic book for beginners. It offers simple step-by-step instruction to help beginners develop a foundation for this lettering art and that is all. There was nothing truly appealing about the book and to be frank, it lacked in style and quality. I guess what I am trying to say is, I expected more and this book simply did not deliver ― it was just okay for me.

NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of this review, it was not required of me to give a positive review, but to solely express my honest thoughts and opinions of this book, which I have done.

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.

8 thoughts on “Book Review: {Simply Calligraphy: A Beginner’s Guide to Elegant Lettering | By: Judy Detrick}

  1. As a person who creates illuminated lettering for my Fraktur artwork, I do not use true calligraphy in my documents, but rather fancy cursive handwriting with a technical pen. I have had calligraphy books to learn from but find the flat pen nib methods too daunting. I’m sure people who are serious about the craft will love your book.

    1. I too found the nib pens daunting! Perhaps this and the other tools are what made me lose confidence in my ability to take on this art In any case, I’m am certain others will definitely enjoy this book far more than I did

  2. It does looks like it has very simple exercises which I don’t think I would mind if I was really wanted to write in the calligraphy. It’s pretty elementary and I can see what you re saying but I don’t know. I think it would be fine. I’d like to see what other book you find that works for you so I can compare.

  3. Sorry this one wasn’t as exciting as you had hoped. It would have been nice if they had added more fun or complex designs here and there just to show what you COULD possibly do when you master the basics.

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