Learn and master the beautiful and varied art of Western calligraphy. This lavishly illustrated guide includes all the information you need to get started in calligraphy, as well as techniques for the more advanced artist, including using color, carving lettering in wood and stone, and creating abstract and ornamental calligraphy designs. The 40 alphabets included are drawn from throughout the rich history of Western calligraphy, from elaborate Gothic lettering to the clean lines of modern alphabets. An essential reference for calligraphers of all levels.
Everything you need to know to get started: choosing quality tools, understanding the structure of letters, and learning the basic strokes
Includes alphabets, from classic Roman letters, to the intricate traditions of the Middle Ages, to the simple, creative styles of today
Hundreds of photos of inspiring, beautiful samples
How to embellish your calligraphy with decorative dropped capitals, celtic knotwork, scrollwork, flourishes, and more