1-2-3 calligraphy! Letters and projects for beginners and beyond

Eleanor Winters

Book - 2006

Easy exercises to learn calligraphy.

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New York : Sterling Pub. Co c2006.
Main Author
Eleanor Winters (-)
Physical Description
128 p. : ill. ; 29 cm
Includes index.
  • Introduction
  • Part I. Let's Begin
  • 1. Back to the Basics
  • 2. Calligraphy Vocabulary
  • 3. Pens and Pen Positions
  • Part II. The Alphabets
  • 4. Italic: A Quick Review
  • 5. More Italic: Some New Letters
  • 6. A Brief Pause for a Math Lesson
  • 7. Back to Italic: Changing the Weight of the Letters
  • 8. Simple Italic Capitals
  • 9. Italic Handwriting
  • 10. Swing Gothic
  • 11. Modern Gothic: An Alphabet with Many Names
  • 12. Modern Gothic Capitals
  • 13. Writing in Capitals
  • Part III. Creative Projects
  • 14. Writing Larger
  • 15. Quotation or Poem
  • 16. Stationery
  • 17. Envelopes
  • 18. Making Signs
  • 19. Calligrams
  • 20. Using "Real" Pens
  • Guide Lines
  • Index
Review by Booklist Review

Winters follows her excellent Calligraphy for Kids (2004) with another overview of the art for young people. In this title, Winters spends less time covering basics and cultural and historical facts about calligraphy than she did in her previous book. Instead, she devotes most of the well-designed spreads to precise instructions on how to create various alphabets. Numerous examples show how small corrections, such as adjusting letter widths and angles, can greatly improve the finished work, and final sections include a nice selection of projects--from envelopes to personalized signs and cards. Appended are worksheets for photocopying. There's some overlap with Calligraphy for Kids, so libraries that own that title probably won't need this one, too. Still, the direct, clear, practical advice makes this a good choice for collections that need resources on the subject. --Gillian Engberg Copyright 2006 Booklist

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Review by School Library Journal Review

Gr 4 Up-Winters follows the successful format of Calligraphy for Kids (Sterling, 2004) with this companion volume. However, readers need not have worked with the earlier title in order to grasp the material in this one. An attractive dust jacket hints at the styles that are taught within. Twenty well-written, easy-to-follow explanatory chapters are filled with plenty of practical exercises. Chapters are grouped into three parts with the first reviewing calligraphy basics, vocabulary, and types of writing instruments. The second part teaches italic, swing gothic, and modern gothic alphabets. Finally, creative projects such as stationery, envelopes, signs, and "calligrams" are described. The author also suggests other ways to find patterns for calligraphy projects such as photocopying shapes or pictures from children's books, advertisements, greeting cards, and gift wrap but includes no mention of copyright issues. Nonetheless, this eye-catching how-to book is a great resource for children and adults.-Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Richfield, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Review by Horn Book Review

This volume will be useful to both beginning and intermediate calligraphers. The book includes thorough explanations of tools, techniques, and terminology. Careful instructions and illustrations cover various italic and Gothic styles, showing what to do as well as what not to do. The ""Creative Projects"" section suggests writing out quotations, creating personal stationery, and making decorative signs. Ind. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

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