I’ve been busy recently but wanted to introduce you to a new book that United Inkdom asked me to review.
This newly released book is published by “The Orion Publishing Group” www.workbooks.co.uk Priced at £12:99
Its a step-by-step guide to mastering modern calligraphy and written by the founder of “Quill London” Lucy Edmonds, she also runs modern calligraphy workshops in London. http://www.quilllondon.com
Anyway let’s get started…
This book is beautifully presented, with a rose gold gliding effect on the front cover, it’s not overly busy, more of a classic design, but very nicely designed. This book is aimed at beginners, and for people who would like to start their journey into modern calligraphy.
I’m more of a traditional calligraphy kind of girl, and love engrossers script and copperplate, but who knows I might start another path down the modern calligraphy route, for fun projects.
This book covers most of the basics, like listing nibs, paper and inks.
It also goes into various nibs and how each one behaves and there flexibility, preparing nibs for use, the list goes on.
In the exercise section you are taught how to produce heavy down strokes and light up strokes, with examples of good and bad strokes, with tips at the side lines of the book too.
And throughout the book, there are lots of dotted and lined practice sheets.
I’ve not written in the book, so I’m not sure how the paper reacts to inks, nor as to if it feathers, for me personally I never write in calligraphy books even though the paper is there for that purpose. Later in the book, there is a chapter on exploring colour, colour theory and different inks, including watercolour and metallic inks.
I remember searching the internet to find information about using watercolour, and which ones were ok to use with dip pens, I was clueless, so that’s a handy section that has been added. This book covers brush calligraphy too, not this is something I’ve never tried personally, I much prefer nibs and ink, but know many who do love to combine modern calligraphy and brush pens with amazing results.
This book really does cover many aspects of calligraphy, fake calligraphy and also has some super projects too. The envelope section is particularly useful, who doesn’t love a pretty envelope being popped through the door by the postman, someone taking the time to send you pretty snail mail is just wonderful.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed the review as much as I enjoyed it.
Stay tuned, I will be back with experiments and photographs of the outcome of my practice sessions using this book.
Until next time x