DVD and books

FullSizeRenderIllumination – Gold and Colour

A practical guide to the use of gold and colour both for easy and quick projects using basic materials as well as vellum and parchment, quills, gold and gesso and colour, leading up to the step-by-step stages in gilding and painting a mediæval miniature. ‘Instruction boxes’ make the processes easy to see and follow. More details here. Available through this website and also from L Cornelissen and Son.

This is the most comprehensive collection of gathered calligraphic wisdom that I have seen. This is a book for all calligraphers (and would-be calligraphers) for their information, inspiration and sheer joy. RS

The book is unputdownable and is a compendium of all that anyone needs to know – all we have to do is to practise! LC

Illumination DVD

Illumination DVDAn introduction to gold, quills, vellum, egg tempera painting, and the use of gold, other metals and colour for easy and also more challenging projects, including the step by step process of how to paint a mediaeval miniature.

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Calligraphy, Illumination and HeraldryThe British Library Companion to
Calligraphy, Illumination and Heraldry

“Without doubt this is the best book on calligraphy and illumination ever in print.”
Allessandro, New York City (Amazon)

“Gorgeous book, would be well worth several times the cost.”
(Amazon)

“Fabulous resource for calligraphers. I read it from cover to cover like a novel.”
Jennifer G. Miller (Amazon)

I have wanted to use the the golden mean for determining margins (in books) for the longest time and just used it. I enjoy several of your books and the instructions in “Calligraphy & Illumination” were so easy to follow. I have read instructions in other books and have been totally lost, yours were so clearly written and so easy to follow.Donna (email message)

Jack Coleman rated it 5 of 5 stars

Recommends it for: students of calligraphy/genealogy reference. As an aspiring student of the art I would highly recommend this book. Plenty of classical alphabets presented in a most meticulous fashion. Lots of historical background even a chapter on Heraldry. It’s by far the most useful calligraphy reference I’ve seen and there are plenty out there. 

 

(NB: This book was published in the US as Calligraphy and Illumination. It is the same book!)

ArtsBookMix review

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Sourcebook for ScribesHistorical Source Book for Scribes

A fine book on historical writing. Each hand presented contains a detailed breakdown of the angles and spacing of a specific historical example. This is a real boon.
Elise C. Boucher (Amazon)

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent historical basis for modern calligraphy
The authors present a wide selection of historical manuscripts to inspire the modern calligrapher. They give an analysis of all the major hands from Roman times to C16th italic (nothing more recent) and then tell you how they can be re-created. The history and development of each script is described fully but clearly. Scholarly but readable. Lots of inspiration for the serious calligrapher. (Amazon)

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The Macclesfield Alphabet BookThe Macclesfield Alphabet Book

“Better than expectations, full alphabets, beautifully produced, as near to the original, really good reference book. A must for anyone interested on calligraphy.”
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“The practitioner’s introduction has a wonderful discussion of the scribe and his tools. I was quite taken with the step by step process of creating a finished piece.”
Ant’s personal hyde

Patricia’s British Library interview about the book and the scribe and illuminator’s tools and materials.

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Teach Yourself CalligraphyTeach Yourself Calligraphy

This is a beginner’s guide to craft of ornate writing. Without needing any prior knowledge or experience the reader is shown the range of tools and materials which can be used to produce eye-catching writing.

In one chapter, a page is devoted to each letter of the alphabet, showing four classical styles, with guidance on how to form each letter. Techniques of writing with colour and gilding are also explained, and it is suitable for both adults and children.

“Teach Yourself Calligraphy by Patricia Lovett does exactly what it says ‘on the can’. Introducing the student to the best materials and equipment by way of informative text and clear illustrations in full colour, it takes them through the making of each letter stroke by stroke, the four basic alphabets and on to simple and more exciting ideas and projects. New technologies are explained – how to use the computer, scanner, printer and photocopier to reproduce multiples from a paste-up. It helps one solve problems and deal with mistakes. There’s a whole section on mixing and using colour, a glossary of terms and a comprehensive index.”
Sue Cavendish, Administrator, The Edge (Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society magazine)

Tools and Materials for CalligraphyTools and Materials for Calligraphy

This book is for beginners as well as enthusiasts in lettering, illumination and associated arts and gives details of the tools and materials required, how to use them and how to select and care for them.

Starting LetteringStarting Lettering

From the first ruling of straight lines to a whole variety of lettering styles, amusing flourishes and decorating ideas, this book shows young children how to enjoy the art of lettering.

Calligraphy for StartersCalligraphy for Starters

Creating LetterformsCreating Letterforms

Introduces calligraphy and other artistic uses of the letters of the alphabet, and discusses using these techniques in educational programs.

Guide to Calligraphy for the Manuscript Pen Company

Manuscript instruction booklet

The Manuscript Pen Company website

Berol Italic Set for BeginnersBerol Italic Set for Beginners

Parker CalligraphyParker Calligraphy