Friday, June 17, 2016

Simply Calligraphy: A Beginner's Guide to Elegant Lettering - Book Review

Published April 19th 2016 by Watson-Guptill    

This simple guide to calligraphy teaches just the basics, allowing novices to jump right in and make their own wedding invitations, hand-label envelopes, write their own placecards, and explore their creative side.With the rise of do-it-yourselfers, there is growing demand for a calligraphy guide that is much simpler than what's currently on the market. This book answers that call, with a focus on only the popular Italic alphabet rather than the scads normally covered by other books (Gothic, Uncials, Half-uncials, and so on). After learning the basic letters, this book presents an open invitation--and a bit of inspiration--to make calligraphy one's own with creative flourishes for every project and occasion. With a modern two-color design and simple explanatory text, Simply Calligraphy's unintimidating approach proves that calligraphy is as easy as picking up pen and paper.

Want to know something funny about me? I am a lot more likely to misspell something while typing than I am while writing it out by hand.
I love writing things out in notebooks. And I have been keeping a journal since I was, well technically 9, but officially since I was 12 or 13. (Sadly I don't write as much as I'd like to anymore.)

One constant thing about my 13 years of writing: I have never liked my writing. By some miracle it would improve by the time I got to the end of the journal, but it's always been a sore spot for me.

I've always wanted simply to learn to write well, but the idea of calligraphy has always been a dream of mine.
And this book, just as the title suggests, is a great beginner's guide to get started. It's simple, to the point and doesn't overcomplicate something that seems incredible complicated.

It makes calligraphy something I would want to stick with until I got the hang of it and not give up because it seemed too daunting.
I don't think I've ever found another book that was so user friendly.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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