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

Eleanor Winters

Book - 2006

Easy exercises to learn calligraphy.

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Published
New York : Sterling Pub. Co c2006.
Language
English
Physical Description
128 p. : ill. ; 29 cm
Bibliography
Includes index.
ISBN
140271839X
9781402718397
Main Author
Eleanor Winters (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

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. ((Reviewed December 15, 2006)) Copyright 2006 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

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 [Page 157]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A follow-up to Calligraphy for Kids offers a new guide to the art and techniques of calligraphy; furnishes instructions for writing all-new alphabets and new projects using italic, Gothic, uncial, and Roman alphabets; and includes projects that review fundamental skills, create decorative borders, design personalized stationery, and many more.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Easy exercises to learn calligraphy.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Offers a guide to the art and techniques of calligraphy; furnishes instructions for projects using italic, Gothic, uncial, and Roman alphabets; and includes projects that review fundamental skills, create decorative borders, and design personalized stationery.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Kids everywhere will be grabbing their calligraphy pens, because this follow-up to the wildly successful Calligraphy for Kids offers them even more artful fun. Inside they'll find new alphabets--and new ways to render the alphabets they already know--as well as fresh techniques and projects. There's coverage of the basic rules of layout; a review of some of the fundamental skills; advice on changing the weight of italic letters and forming italic capitals; and an introduction to both Swing and Modern Gothic handwriting. With just a little practice, children can make eye-catching signs, design their own personal stationery, address colorful envelopes in elegant script, and create calligraphic pictures and other decorations to hang on the wall.