The ancient art of illuminating manuscripts is currently attracting many new enthusiasts among artists, art students, and lovers of calligraphy. The Bible of Illuminated Letters is a volume they'll all want to add to their collections. It presents step-by-step instructions for recreating twelve illuminated alphabets. Among them are Celtic, Saxon, Gothic, Romanesque, Modern Revival, and seven more, including several modern scripts. Detailed diagrams instruct on creating upper- and lower-case letters, as well as on ways for designing borders and decorations. More ambitious students can also follow clear directions for gilding--decorating with gold leaf--as was originally done in medieval European monasteries. Readers and students of illumination who open this book will find: a history of illumination; required tools, techniques, and materials for illuminating; instruction in layout and design; and steps to follow in order to create 12 alphabet styles. This beautiful book also features a picture gallery of outstanding historical and contemporary illuminated letters, as well as a glossary and index. More than 400 inspiring color illustrations in total.
Get creative, express yourself, and add that personal touch with hand letteringWith illustrated step-by-step instructions, The Big Awesome Book of Hand & Chalk Lettering shows the complete beginner how to master the art of hand lettering. Learn best practices for the composition and design of phrases on the page, and practice flourishes to embellish your design. The Big Awesome Book of Hand & Chalk Lettering covers 15 lettering styles, both serifs and scripts--from Black Letter and "melting" to circus and Victorian. Also included are numerous borders, corners, banners, bursts, frames, and other accents. This instructional book includes chalk lettering, fun prompts for writing, and 15 craft and gift ideas. Put your personal touch on projects ranging from gift tags and chalk-lettered signs, to place cards and house number signs.
Typography is a fundamental element of all forms of design, endless in its variety and application.As such, it's a topic that inspires debate and discussion among design professionals, teachers, and students. To aid in this discourse, The Big Book of Typographics 1 & 2 brings together the most exciting and experimental work from typographers the world over--leading designers with international standing, new independent groups at the forefront of modern design, and gifted students from a range of major colleges alike. The book's attractive flip-format emphasizes different themes to the showcased works: the first section presents innovative font design and textual and compositional type usage; the second, looks at type inspired by magazines' churning information flow, freed from the constraints of the conventional printed pages' usual linear narrative.
Provocative and compelling, The Big Book of Typographics 1 & 2 is an excellent, extensive resource for everybody creating or commissioning graphic design.
"A remarkable work. . . . For sheer weight of information there is no equal to it." -- The Spectator.
It is probable that the earliest "books" were written on wood or leaves as early as the fourth millennium B.C. These fragile materials, unfortunately, have not come down to us. In their absence, the earliest surviving books are the clay tablets of Mesopotamia, the oldest attributed to c. 3500 B.C. On these ancient clay shards, dense rows of cuneiform script record the seminal writings of mankind: the Gilgamesh epic, Sumerian literary catalogues, Babylonian astrology, Assyrian accounts of the Creation and the Flood, and the Lipit-Ishtar Law-Code (c. 2000 B.C.), predating Hammurabi and the oldest law code in human history.
Probably as ancient as the Mesopotamian writings, or nearly so, are Egyptian hieroglyphics. In a sense, it is the papyrus scrolls of the Egyptians -- preserved by that country's hot, dry climate -- that represent the true ancestors of the modern book. As the centuries passed, papyrus slowly gave way to parchment (the prepared skins of animals) as writing material. Indeed, the handwritten parchment or vellum codex is "the book" par excellence of the Middle Ages. Western European book production is only part of the story, and the author is at pains to illuminate the bibliographic contributions of numerous peoples and cultures: Greek and Roman book production, books made in central and southern Asia, the books of Africa, pre-Columbian America, and the Far East -- material that is often not mentioned in Western histories of the book.
Based on years of painstaking research and incorporating a wealth of new material and conclusions, the text is enhanced throughout by abundant illustrations -- nearly 200 photographic facsimiles of priceless manuscripts in museums and libraries around the world.
Brush lettering--hand lettering with brush pens--and creating designs with watercolor paints guarantees you plenty of colorful creative fun The combination of beautiful lettering with a colorful gloss and the delicacy of watercolors opens up a range of new design possibilities. Katja Haas presents various types of lettering and concentrates in particular on the special features of writing and decorating with brush pens. Ideas for feather-light blossoms, tendrils, and decorative elements, along with suggestions for special occasions, make this the perfect companion to lettering.
Step-by-step mini projects demonstrate a wide range of techniques, from brush lettering and gliding to design principles and practice. Beautifully illustrated examples provide a wealth of inspiration and include scripts such as Roman, Italic, Gothic, and Copperplate calligraphy.
In a digital age, it's easy to move away from handwriting, but even the most artistically stunted can create beautiful text blocks on gift cards and in their own journals. The stylish design of this book--along with the interior photographs, illustrations, and diagrams--make the learning process simple and fun for beginners and provides useful tips for more advanced readers.
The book also describes the equipment needed to be an excellent calligrapher, including the paper, measuring tools, pens, brushes, and inks.
Teach yourself a skill with versatile and practical uses and bring a little bit of beauty onto the page.