19 mar 16 @ 11:05 am gmt
Welcome to the February 2016 Newsletter
from www.calligraphity.com and do I have some great news for you?
Read on and you will find news about the long awaited new book on Decorated Lettering from Jan Pickett,
A great new book from Denise Lach,
A stunning book celebrating the art of David
New for Speedball fans,
The Speedball Textbook 24th (Centennial) Edition of this ever-popular book celebrates 100 Years since the 1st
edition and provides a fascinating history of the history of Speedball and Hunt pens.
And, last but in no way least, an amazing new
catalogue of the work by German Calligrapher Mari Emily Bohley titled Schrift und Buchkunst (Letter & Book Arts) that
is well worth having a look at.
Please note that the underlined headers below are interactive ‘hyperlinks’ that will take you to the webpage
on at www.calligraphity.com so you can learn more about each of these great books. Enjoy!
Decorated Lettering by Jan Pickett.
This is truly a beautiful
and colourful book that is packed with information, hints and tips, do and don’ts, how to avoid the common mistakes,
spacing issues, etc, etc.
for accomplished calligraphers as well as those that are new to the art.
To give you an idea of the wide scope
of this book. Its chapters include:
- Materials: (Papers, Pens, Pencils, Brushes, Paints &
- Basic alphabets: (Foundational Hand, Roman capitals, Modern
uncials, Gothic, Italic minuscule, Italic capitals & Neuland)
- Hand drawn lettering: (Versals, Freestyle
miniscule, Freestyle capitals, Angular capitals, Lombardic capitals, “Boxed in” & Outline serif and
sans serif capitals)
- Decorating your letters: (everything you need to know about colour
and how to use it), Wet and dry colour blending for brushes and pencils, and Layered decoration.
- Further into the world of watercolour: This section consists of 60 full-colour pages of amazing
ideas and projects covering: Shadows and the third dimension, Embossing extravaganza, Going dotty, Playing with
pastels, Masking fluid and wet colour, Colour, pattern and gold & Stamping.
- Glossary and finally the Index
your experience level – be prepared to learn a lot and have a lot of fun learning!! – and the best thing is that
this stunning book is available for only £12.99!!
Decorated Lettering by Jan Pickett. is available now for pre-order!
Order now and your book will be shipped to you as close to the release
date (currently March 14th 2016 (see note below) as possible.
NOTE: The Publication Date for this book has now slipped to "the end of April". I will keep you updated
with any additional changes but I can assure you that both Jan and I leaning hard on the publisher to bearing this date forward.
will be strictly processed in order of receipt and no charges will be made to your card before your
book is ready for shipment.
Journeys in Calligraphy – Inspiring Scripts from Around the World by Denise Lach.
Denise begins her book
with a short chapter called First Steps that describes her approach to finding the distinguishing characteristics
of a script and then, once you understand these – “the fun can begin!” In the following chapters, Denise
discusses the characteristics of the following scripts: Ethiopian Script, Devanagari, Kannada, Tibetan Script, Burmese Script,
Runes, and Sorabe Script. Throughout each chapter, Denise includes some innovative way of using the scripts as decoration
and/or embellishment. In my humble opinion, this book is the perfect follow-on to Denise’s previous edition Calligraphy – A Book of Contemporary Inspiration (that is still available from www.calligraphity.com).
The Art of David Jones by Ariane Bankes and Paul Hills.
This is a fabulous book!
I find myself addicted to looking at David Jones’ paintings. At first glance they often look an incomprehensible page
full of marks of a similar colour and similar stroke widths. However, the more you look at them, the more you see, and the
more you are drawn into the creative world of David Jones. With over 150 examples of Jones’ stunning pieces, there is
also 10 examples of his stunning lettering, all for an .There are also over 10 examples of his amazing lettering.
The Speedball Textbook 24th Edition edited by Angie Vangalis
and Randall Hasson
Ever since I have been
interested in calligraphy, I have loved The Speedball Text Book! I still have copies of the last 4 editions that have been
published the oldest (20th edition) being published in 1972.
When I first saw the cover of this new 24th edition, I was surprised to see that the format of
the book had changed, and this disappointed me somewhat. However, after a short investigation, I discovered that this ‘new’
format actually takes the book back to the ‘original’ format of the 1st edition published just over
100 years ago in 1915. A great idea and a great tribute to William Gordon and Ross George, the originators of the Speedball
now become my favourite Speedball Textbook! It fittingly mixes new and old diagrams showing penmanship concepts by using new
and old alphabet styles. Look again at the list of contributing artists and you will understand why I have rated this as “highly
recommended for new and accomplished calligraphers”.
A worthy manual with exemplars and examples by nearly
70 leading calligraphers. This new edition features a lay-flat spiral binding, more pages of instruction and alphabets (medieval
to modern), and inspiring examples of calligraphy in use. For beginner through advanced.
Please note: I know that I have a big box of these on the way to
me from the USA but I am not sure of the delivery date at this time. They should be with me by the end of this month.
I will accept Pre-Orders on my website and ship them out as soon as they arrive. As per normal, no charges will be made to
your card before your book is ready for shipment.
Schrift und Buchkunst (Letter & Book Arts) by Mari Emily Bohley
This is a stunning catalogue
where Mari has catalogued many outstanding pieces of work that show both her calligraphic and book arts skills. With over
150 photographs showing her works from various angles and detail, it certainly shows her skills. I would love to be able to
unlock the secrets that Mari talks about in the section titled A word from the artist – Personal thoughts
on calligraphy - the art of writing! Truly inspirational. Congratulations Mari!!
Click on the link above to learn more.
Please feel free to pass
this e-mail on to any of your calligraphic friends and colleagues that you think would be interested.
23 jan 16 @ 5:05 pm gmt
to the 1st Newsletter of 2016 from www.calligraphity.com
I hope that you all have had a good break over the Christmas period
and are looking forward to a productive and successful 2016.
This is quite a short Newsletter
Best regards, Charlie
The new 2015 edition of the 2006 exhibition catalogue The Painted Letters of Adolf Bernd is now, at long last, available and I managed to fulfil almost all of the pre-orders that I received just before Christmas.
I have written to all of those that had pre-ordered but there seems to be some of you out there that my e-mail has not got
through to them as I have about six copies that I still waiting for their new owners to confirm that they still want a copy.
This maybe because they have changed their e-mail address and are therefore my mails are not getting through to them. Please
spread the word if you know of anyone who is looking for a copy.
If you missed getting a copy of this book the first time, then you now have a second opportunity. Click here to learn more about this book.
Sheila Waters’ stunning book, Foundations of Calligraphy is in stock and ready for shipment. Based on a series of articles by Sheila Waters
that had previously been published in Letter Arts Review between 1995 and 2000, the information in this book is still as relevant
today as they were when written.
Illuminate your calligraphy and brighten up the lives of others:
Patricia Lovett has recently released a new book titled “Illumination GOLD and Colour: Tools, Materials, Techniques, Projects.” The book can be used either stand-alone or as a complement to her latest DVD with a similar title of “Illumination: Tools, Materials, Techniques, Projects.” That runs for over 3 hours.
These can be purchased individually by clicking on the links provided above, or you can purchase both items at a special
discounted rate by clicking here.
Contemporary Calligraphy by Jilly Hazeldine
In this stunning book, Jilly describes in detail
and demonstrates clearly through the many accompanying diagrams how to write formal scripts well and then adapt and vary them
to enhance and interpret texts.
begins with a historical overview of letters from the Trajan inscription of 110 AD to the Renaissance. There is a comprehensive
section on tools and materials and how to begin. Then the focus is on good writing of six major scripts based on historical
models, moving on to show how each script can be adapted through weight and form change, pen manipulation and pressure change
to make it a lively and contemporary form. Design, layout, use of colour and information on paper are included, along with
the use of alternative tools, the pencil and the pointed brush, to draw and paint letters.
The book is a comprehensive and practical manual for both the beginner and the more experienced student who
wants to take calligraphy to another level.
This book would be a great asset for beginners and intermediate calligraphers alike. It is very well written and very
well illustrated. Highly recommended.
Cover to Cover – 20th Anniversary Edition by Shereen
I was so pleased to learn
that this new edition of Shereen LaPlantz classic book Cover to Cover was being released
– and it is hard to believe that it was 20 years ago when this inspiring book was first released! The book covers Bookbinding
Basics, Pamphlets, Basic Codex, Variations on Codex Bindings, Stab Bindings, Fold Books, Combination Books, Unusual Bindings
and tips about how to present your books. This is a must for anyone interested in creating contemporary books or displaying
their work in a book format.
Complete Guide to Calligraphy by Vivien Lunniss
This is a really well written and well-illustrated
book and ideal for beginners and others that are keen to learn a new hand or two. The description for each script begins with
some relevant history and the instructions for each letter, including nib-width height and pen angle, are colour-coded to
clearly show the order of the strokes. The book has relevant examples of the scripts in use.
There are historical
contributions from other fine calligraphers like Jilly Hazeldine, Mary Noble, Veiko Kespersaks, and Brian Colin. There is
a ‘gallery’ of pieces scattered through the book with contributions from Gaynor Goffe, Anne Jamieson, Michael
Orriss, Rosella Garavaglia, Sue Gunn, Jan Pickett, Luca Barcellona, Birgit Nass, Anna Pinto, Barbara Alldred, Kirsten Burke,
Yukiko Fukaya, Jilly Hazeldine, Janice McClelland, Anja Lehtinen, John Stevens, Susie Leiper, Tony Curtis, Sue Goldstone and
Are you interested in learning more about the world’s longest
running Society for calligraphers, illuminators and lettering artists?
Then read on and discover how you could benefit from
joining The Society of Scribes and Illuminators.
You will learn about the Society’s history:
it’s membership scheme, it’s publications and how it can help you to develop your calligraphic skills.
The following link will also provide
you with the facility to enrol as either a Friend of the SSI or as a Lay Member.
About the Society of Scribes
The aim of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators is to bring the beauty
of handwritten words and letters to the world. We do this by holding exhibitions, showing up-to-date work by the masters of
calligraphy – our Fellows and our most experienced Lay Members. We hold several meetings
a year showing work and talking about it in less formal settings: Lay Members’ Day, Research & Technical Day and
the Annual General Meeting. Each year we issue two copies of The Scribe, our well-known journal,
and four newsletters by email.
The SSI was founded in 1921 in the UK by early students of Edward Johnston with the aim of advancing
the crafts of writing and illumination. Today it is the international focus for professional calligraphers and enthusiastic
amateurs, drawing its membership from the United Kingdom, Ireland, continental Europe, the USA and Canada, Australia and New
Zealand, South Africa and the Far East.
Membership of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators
Membership of the SSI is available to all interested
calligraphers, regardless of your level of experience or what part of the world you are living in. The benefits of
joining are enormous and will help you develop your calligraphic skill.
Click here to learn more about these benefits.
If you have any questions
about any of the above, then please do not hesitate to send an e-mail to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
Best regards to one and all and I hope that you all have a fantastic 2016!!