Classic Calligraphy for Beginners

Essential Step-by-Step Techniques for Copperplate and Spencerian Scripts - 25+ Simple, Modern Projects for Pointed Nib, Pen, and Brush

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Pub Date 12 Jul 2022 | Archive Date 14 Jul 2022

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Classic Calligraphy for Beginners introduces the fundamental techniques for mastering two classic calligraphic scripts, Copperplate and Spencerian, plus easy-to-follow exercises and fun, modern projects.

Guided by instructions and illustrations by noted calligraphy artist and teacher Younghae Chung, you will:

  • Get a detailed yet concise overview of tools, supplies, and terminology
  • Try out your materials with basic warm-ups and nib exercises
  • Learn the essential principles or strokes and create the lowercase and uppercase letters of the featured scripts
  • Take your letters to the next level and add flourishes with confidence
  • Explore brush pens and non-flexible writing tools to emulate the look of calligraphy on large-scale and unusual surfaces
  • Reinforce core skills by applying the scripts to a variety of simple, modern projects on paper, wood, glass, fabric, and other surfaces, and get inspiring tips on how to add beautiful details that lend a modern touch
  • Find sample guide sheets for Copperplate, Spencerian, and brush calligraphy
Discover the timeless beauty of calligraphy with Classic Calligraphy for Beginners.

Classic Calligraphy for Beginners introduces the fundamental techniques for mastering two classic calligraphic scripts, Copperplate and Spencerian, plus easy-to-follow exercises and fun, modern...

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When I saw this title and the cover, it appealed to me in a way that felt a little like a gut punch - I remembered how I used to know how to do calligraphy in the 80’s, when I was a kid and how much I loved it then. I also haven’t made time to do this or anything else that really appeals to me being so busy with all the crappy minutiae that unfortunately goes along with being a mostly responsible adult. I then huh’d because I don’t recall the last time I actually put pen to paper (I just tried and my handwriting is a huge mess). I requested an advance copy of this to read and review because I also realized that I miss doing things for the pure joy of doing them.

I was thrilled to get a copy of this and started looking through it immediately - noting the simplicity, seeing just how perfectly the calligraphy is enough here, and requires nothing else to shine. The layout is clean and highly appealing. The author goes into detail with what you’re looking for in the recommended tools and supplies, sharing her preferred brands. She goes into paper positioning and troubleshooting. There’s a lot to take in.

The projects within are beautiful, the photos are gorgeous, and I would suggest this for anyone looking to get in touch with their formerly creative self. I found this book to be very inspirational.

I highly recommend this one.

eARC kindly provided by Quarry Books / Quarto Publishing Group and NetGalley. Opinions shared are my own.

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I am a big admirer of Chung Younghae’s work and you will know why once you’ve seen it. She’s also an experienced calligraphy teacher and so is perfectly qualified to write this book. It is well written and highly accessible.

As a slightly-beyond-beginning calligrapher, I really appreciated the exemplars provided. When you don’t practice often, you tend to forget. So this title will be very useful as a reference book on standby.

The projects featured are all elegant and simple ( not overwhelming), and will give beginners ideas on how to satisfyingly use their new skill.

This will make a great gift for someone who wants to pick up this gorgeous art.

4 and a half stars for me.

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Ottimo libro di calligrafia adatto sia a principianti che a chi ha già iniziato a studiare calligrafia da un po'.
Vengono esaminate ovviamente tutte le basi: dai materiali e utensili da usare, colori e inchiostri, posizionamento del foglio, della mano e della penna (sia per destrorsi che mancini).
Vengono poi esaminate e spiegate sia la scrittura copperplate che quella spencerian. Molto importante: ci sono per entrambi i tipi di scrittura, tabelle con tutte le lettere maiuscole e minuscole e i vari passaggi per realizzarle!
Viene data anche un'infarinatura sul brush lettering e sul faux lettering.
Ci sono poi tantissimi progetti facilmente realizzabili da tutti.
Conoscevo già l'autrice di questo libro dato che la seguivo sui social e sono davvero molto contenta che sia riuscita a realizzare questo libro. Lo trovo davvero perfetto per chi voglia iniziare ad avvicinarsi a questi tipi di calligrafia.

Voglio ringraziare Netgalley per avermi dato l'opportunità di leggere questo libro gratuitamente in cambio di una recensione onesta.

Excellent calligraphy book suitable for both beginners and those who have already started studying calligraphy for a while.
Obviously all the basics are examined: from the materials and tools to be used, colors and inks, positioning of the sheet, of the hand and of the pen (for both right and left-handed users).
Both copperplate and spencerian scripts are then examined and explained. Very important: for both types of writing, there are tables with all capital and lowercase letters and the various steps to carry them out!
There is also an introduction of brush lettering and faux lettering.
There are at the end of the book many projects that can be easily implemented by everyone.
I already knew the author of this book as I followed her on social media and I am really very happy that she was able to make this book. I find it really perfect for those who want to start approaching these types of calligraphy.

I wanto to thank Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read this book for free for an honest review.

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I just love how this series by Quarto Publishing Group on how to do basic things on some very amazing topics and techniques.

And I can never stop wondering how perfectly edited and published these guidebooks are within a set number of pages. The information given is basic yet quite detailed and thorough accompanied by real, colourful pictures showing all the basic steps. I mean this is such an intricate task which is so well carried out each time.

Kudos to the team. I got to learn a lot of things about calligraphy with such a short yet a comprehensive guidebook. Go for this!

Thank you, Quarto Publishing Group - Quarry, for the advance review copy.

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I haven’t done calligraphy since I was at school, but really wanted to read this. It didn’t disappoint, I’m looking forward to trying out some of these ideas.

Thank you NetGalley for my complimentary copy in return for my honest review.

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