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In an age of myriad computer fonts and instant communication, your handwriting style is increasingly a very personal creation. In this book, Margaret Shepherd, America''s premier calligrapher, shows you that calligraphy is not simply a craft you can learn, but an elegant art form that you can make your own.

Calligraphy remains perennially popular, often adorning wedding invitations, diplomas, and commercial signs. Whether it is Roman, Gothic, Celtic, Bookhand, or Italic style, calligraphy conveys class and elegance. Margaret Shepherd makes this ancient art form accessible in a completely hand-lettered technical guide that will:

* Provide context for calligraphy as an art, exploring the rich tradition of hand-lettering and mapping the evolution of the most popular styles.

* Give detailed technical advice on choosing pens, paper, and inks, setting up your workspace, mastering various pen angles, along with step-by-step illustrations to guide you as you practice.

* Explain which alphabets are appropriate for different forms of writing. For example, the Roman alphabet works well for short, unpunctuated passages, while the Italic alphabet is more suited to informal everyday communication.

* Encourage you to personalize your lettering by using variant strokes and interpreting how you would like the words to look on the page.

* Inspire you with carefully chosen illustrations and examples, which bring letters to life.

In Margaret Shepherd''s own words, "Calligraphy trains not only your eye and hand, but your mind as well." Learn Calligraphy is the authoritative primer for this age-old craft, and will help develop a new appreciation for lettering as you discover your creative personality.

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In an age of myriad computer fonts and instant communication, your handwriting style is increasingly a very personal creation. In this book, Margaret Shepherd, America''s premier calligrapher, shows you that calligraphy is not simply a craft you can learn, but an elegant art form that you can make your own.

Calligraphy remains perennially popular, often adorning wedding invitations, diplomas, and commercial signs. Whether it is Roman, Gothic, Celtic, Bookhand, or Italic style, calligraphy conveys class and elegance. Margaret Shepherd makes this ancient art form accessible in a completely hand-lettered technical guide that will:

* Provide context for calligraphy as an art, exploring the rich tradition of hand-lettering and mapping the evolution of the most popular styles.

* Give detailed technical advice on choosing pens, paper, and inks, setting up your workspace, mastering various pen angles, along with step-by-step illustrations to guide you as you practice.

* Explain which alphabets are appropriate for different forms of writing. For example, the Roman alphabet works well for short, unpunctuated passages, while the Italic alphabet is more suited to informal everyday communication.

* Encourage you to personalize your lettering by using variant strokes and interpreting how you would like the words to look on the page.

* Inspire you with carefully chosen illustrations and examples, which bring letters to life.

In Margaret Shepherd''s own words, "Calligraphy trains not only your eye and hand, but your mind as well." Learn Calligraphy is the authoritative primer for this age-old craft, and will help develop a new appreciation for lettering as you discover your creative personality.

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In an age of myriad computer fonts and instant communication, your handwriting style is increasingly a very personal creation. In this book, Margaret Shepherd, America''s premier calligrapher, shows you that calligraphy is not simply a craft you can learn, but an elegant art form that you can make your own.
Calligraphy remains perennially popular, often adorning wedding invitations, diplomas, and commercial signs. Whether it is Roman, Gothic, Celtic, Bookhand, or Italic style, calligraphy conveys class and elegance. Margaret Shepherd makes this ancient art form accessible in a completely hand-lettered technical guide that will:
* Provide context for calligraphy as an art, exploring the rich tradition of hand-lettering and mapping the evolution of the most popular styles.
* Give detailed technical advice on choosing pens, paper, and inks, setting up your workspace, mastering various pen angles, along with step-by-step illustrations to guide you as you practice.
* Explain which alphabets are appropriate for different forms of writing. For example, the Roman alphabet works well for short, unpunctuated passages, while the Italic alphabet is more suited to informal everyday communication.
* Encourage you to personalize your lettering by using variant strokes and interpreting how you would like the words to look on the page.
* Inspire you with carefully chosen illustrations and examples, which bring letters to life.
In Margaret Shepherd''s own words, "Calligraphy trains not only your eye and hand, but your mind as well." Learn Calligraphy is the authoritative primer for this age-old craft, and will help develop a new appreciation for lettering as you discover yourcreative personality.

About the Author

Margaret Shepherd is a noted calligrapher and author, with an impressive roster of high-profile clients. She has published thirteen instruction books for calligraphers of all levels. All her books, including the bestselling Learning Calligraphy, are done in hand-lettered text. She has researched, taught, written, and freelanced extensively, and has exhibited her work in many museum and gallery exhibitions. She lives in Boston.
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G. Poirier
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Write fancy! A great book for learning calligraphy!
Reviewed in the United States on November 19, 2017
I wanted to learn to write calligraphy. I knew a little already, but I wanted to refresh my skills and learn some new ones. As a teacher, I wanted to be able to impress my students with fancy letters sometimes. And, for other occasions like addressing a birthday card, or a... See more
I wanted to learn to write calligraphy. I knew a little already, but I wanted to refresh my skills and learn some new ones. As a teacher, I wanted to be able to impress my students with fancy letters sometimes. And, for other occasions like addressing a birthday card, or a love note to my wife, I wanted something to make people say, “Oooh! Did you write that?” Also, being able to write in calligraphy often makes you seem learned and knowledgeable of esoteric things. I’m all about that! I need all the help I can get seeming to be educated in mysterious and arcane subjects. So, I got some pens and this book. I’m very glad I did. This is a great book to, well, learn calligraphy.

The first thing I like about it is that it is HAND LETTERED! I was kind of stunned to find this out. The entire text is written in calligraphy by hand. This is not a type set. That, in an of itself, makes the book worth looking at. I can’t imagine the work it took to write the entire book by hand.

Additionally, the book is good at teaching you to write calligraphy, which is exceedingly helpful in a book called “Learn Calligraphy.” I disagree slightly with the author’s choice to begin with the Roman font, however. I learned “Chancery Italic” and “Gothic” some years ago (okay, 30 years ago). The Roman alphabet is simple in structure. But, nib angle is an issue. The Z is very difficult, as is the S. And many letters require you to change nib angle from 20 degrees to 45 degrees. But, on the other hand, her explanations and exercises teach you this. I just would have liked to start with an alphabet that was a little simpler in technique and more practical. Roman is, I think, really only good for titles. So, it’s hard to start using it for fun.

That’s a very small issue, though. Mostly, I am very impressed with her great instructions and advice. Even though I don’t prefer it, I’m going to follow her instructions and go through the book little by little, doing the exercises, and learning the letters and strokes as she presents them. The book is designed to be a full course in calligraphy over time. You can’t digest the book all at once or quickly. It isn’t meant to be done that way. It’s meant to teach you the movements and habits that make calligraphy possible.

Another strength of the book is the variety of fonts. She covers Roman, Celtic, Gothic, Bookhand, and Italic. Each alphabet has variations. In Roman, she covers the basic letter construction and then shows you five variations with serifs. It’s not huge, but I would argue that each style of serif does change the character and feel of the letters. She covers spacing the letters, as well, which can be difficult with some letters because the Roman alphabet has varying widths. She also shows a few examples of projects done with the Roman hand so you can see how it could be applied to your own artwork. Finally, she shows the “narrow” or Rustica version and “wide” or Quadrata forms of the Roman alphabet. So, if you’re counting, you have eight versions of the Roman alphabet: sans serif, five different serifs, Rustica, and Quadrata! Besides that, she also covers various flourishes and adornments for the alphabets. Oh yeah, you fancy now!

Shepherd also includes some history on each alphabet and the book is arranged chronologically. So, by studying it page by page, you are also studying the history of letters. It helps to know some of the why the letters were formed the way they were.

Finally, there are practice sheets included. However, you should make copies or use them as guidelines to put lines on your own paper. Or, for convenience, you can go to her website and print out pages on which to practice, which is kind of her. In all, this is great purchase for the calligraphy learner.
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Tina Key- Marshall, Texas
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True to its title
Reviewed in the United States on May 21, 2016
I am very critical of these books that claim to instruct and then you open the book expecting to learn and instead you see pages of their interpretation of art. In this book you see lessons and key teaching points such as how to connect letters, true grip and direction. I... See more
I am very critical of these books that claim to instruct and then you open the book expecting to learn and instead you see pages of their interpretation of art. In this book you see lessons and key teaching points such as how to connect letters, true grip and direction. I enjoy this book. I would say I would recommend it.
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alicearyes
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A must-have book!!
Reviewed in the United States on December 10, 2016
I''ve barely leafed through this book and already I see tons of excellent instructions here. Most calligraphy/lettering books just cover the basics (paper, nibs, good posture, etc) but she has gone into detail with pictures on the weight of the strokes, the combining of... See more
I''ve barely leafed through this book and already I see tons of excellent instructions here. Most calligraphy/lettering books just cover the basics (paper, nibs, good posture, etc) but she has gone into detail with pictures on the weight of the strokes, the combining of strokes, the degrees for which your nib needs to be angled... I''m so happy to have such a thorough guide on real calligraphy (sorry, this isn''t really for faux calligraphy, but I think everyone can benefit from it). If your want to truly master your dip pens, this is the book to buy!!!
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MelissaKC
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Not what I expected
Reviewed in the United States on December 31, 2018
When i purchased this book i assumed it would have worksheets or tutorials on how to do calligraphy. Instead the author just talks about calligraphy. A disappointment.
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NurseKristaTop Contributor: Calligraphy
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Amazing
Reviewed in the United States on November 6, 2016
Probably the most complete book of calligraphy I have read so far. Very very interesting learning about the beginning of this art and the continuation of it. Also explains really good the different types of calligraphy. Would definitely recommend to any buddy that would... See more
Probably the most complete book of calligraphy I have read so far. Very very interesting learning about the beginning of this art and the continuation of it. Also explains really good the different types of calligraphy. Would definitely recommend to any buddy that would like to learn this forgotten written art.
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E. Anderson
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Complete book except...
Reviewed in the United States on November 13, 2016
A little disappointed. I was hoping for practice pages, instructional pages or tracing samples. I would relate it more to a ''history of'' rather than a ''learn how-to''. It is not a bad book, just not what I was hoping for.
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GaleDar
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A Must-See book!
Reviewed in the United States on November 23, 2015
This is my favorite of several calligraphy books that I own. I like it better than the pricier one my teacher recommended. I just got back into calligraphy after several years, so I was very rusty. This book points out specifics about forming some of the italic letters in... See more
This is my favorite of several calligraphy books that I own. I like it better than the pricier one my teacher recommended. I just got back into calligraphy after several years, so I was very rusty. This book points out specifics about forming some of the italic letters in nearly full page illustrations, and has helped me to notice details that have really improved my work. It is concise and informative, and contains good exercises. She has written the full book in calligraphy! Unless you are advanced, you will find this book to be an excellent self teaching tool.
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L. D. Rafey
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One of the three best instructional manuals
Reviewed in the United States on January 13, 2013
I recommend three manuals for the novice calligrapher: Calligraphy and Illumination: A History and Practical Guide by Patricia Lovett, The Calligrapher''s Bible by David Harris (see my reviews of both texts) and this text, Learn Calligraphy by Margaret Shepherd, one of the... See more
I recommend three manuals for the novice calligrapher: Calligraphy and Illumination: A History and Practical Guide by Patricia Lovett, The Calligrapher''s Bible by David Harris (see my reviews of both texts) and this text, Learn Calligraphy by Margaret Shepherd, one of the foremost experts on the subject. While there are, of course, other books and certainly a selection of internet videos demonstrating various aspects of the subject, I have yet to discover any others that so thoroughly cover the material in such an organized manner and anticipate many of the stumbling blocks and questions often encountered by the novice. Ms. Shepherd''s book starts right at the beginning and details all the does and don''t s, obstacles and observations that a novice will chance to encounter from the start and answers the usual questions that every beginner will ask before and after having begun the task of learning the craft. While Ms. Lovett''s text delves into greater depth and detail, Learning Calligraphy is the first text that I would recommend before referring to any other since this will definitely get you started and keep you going. I would also recommend her daily blog and website as it is happily filled with an endless assortment of perspectives, insights and recommendations for anyone searching for inspiration along the way. Margaret Shepherds other books are also outstanding but this is the one to get you started before digging into the others.
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Good for intermediates, not for beginners
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 29, 2018
I bought this book recently after having purchased a glass dip pen while on holiday and wanted to get some use out of it, so it seemed a good fit. However, as a beginner I found this book very convoluted and inconsistent. Some things that would make life easier (e.g. a...See more
I bought this book recently after having purchased a glass dip pen while on holiday and wanted to get some use out of it, so it seemed a good fit. However, as a beginner I found this book very convoluted and inconsistent. Some things that would make life easier (e.g. a capital and lowercase example of the fonts in each chapter) are missing, or partially there in one chapter and absent in others. Also, the way in which its written has been in hand written calligraphy which is a nice touch but makes it very messy to read on some pages. In short, if your a beginner look elsewhere as this will likely melt your mind. If you have experience and are looking to work in your technique it might be right for you.
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Mr Daniel T Teague
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It is a book for admiring calligraphy rather than doing it
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 27, 2017
I was given so many options I felt overwhelmed with choice. I feel like there should be a simplified version of calligraphy and plenty of examples to copy and space to write in the book. Think about how you teach a child to write, that’s the way you should be teaching me....See more
I was given so many options I felt overwhelmed with choice. I feel like there should be a simplified version of calligraphy and plenty of examples to copy and space to write in the book. Think about how you teach a child to write, that’s the way you should be teaching me. Don’t give me 20 different alphabets.
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Victor
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Perfect
Reviewed in India on June 7, 2017
I wonder if there could be a be better book on calligraphy. I mean it''s handwritten!! So you know the author means business. Usual calligraphy books hardly tell you anything about calligraphy as such. They are more about craft projects. How to make cards for various...See more
I wonder if there could be a be better book on calligraphy. I mean it''s handwritten!! So you know the author means business. Usual calligraphy books hardly tell you anything about calligraphy as such. They are more about craft projects. How to make cards for various occasions. How to make posters and other craft stuff. Not this one. Three author explains each calligraphic style and it''s nuances. Tells you the specific things to master for each style. And then there are practice pages. Awesome. If you want an authentic book. If you''re really interested in knowing about calligraphy- this book is probably the only one you will need.
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Chintan Nedariya
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Perfect book for beginners.
Reviewed in India on February 18, 2019
Margaret shepherd has done very well job. She actually know how to do caligraphy very well. This books contains 6+ different types of caligraphy methods. You can choose whatever suits you and start learning for that part. Great work. I really appreciate hardwork she has...See more
Margaret shepherd has done very well job. She actually know how to do caligraphy very well. This books contains 6+ different types of caligraphy methods. You can choose whatever suits you and start learning for that part. Great work. I really appreciate hardwork she has done in making this book. Too good. Go for it. Without a doubt. (if you live in ahmedabad/gandhinagar reach me at my Facebook id - Chintan Nedariya, we can learn together)
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Alistair
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The standard
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 7, 2018
Superb book that takes you step by step through the art of calligraphy. Not only is there a bit of background, it gives you tips, styles and even some exercises to try. This must surely be the go-to book for starting out in this art form.
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