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From Italic to Roman to Uncial — create calligraphicalphabets with ease

For many people, calligraphy is something they admire from afar,but don't believe they could ever do it themselves. Nothing couldbe further from the truth! Practice is the key to becoming a goodcalligrapher, and that 's what this book is all about. Open it andyou'll find easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions in all thebasics, from choosing the right pens and paper and holding the penproperly to using calligraphy to create six beautiful alphabets.Plus, there are plenty of creative projects for putting your skillsinto action. With just a little practice every day, you'll be wellon your way to doing calligraphy with style!

  • The simple, sure-fire approach to learning calligraphy
  • How to use pen tips of various sizes and shapes

  • Ways to embellish and personalize your lettering

  • How to add a special touch to stationery, journals, diaries,correspondence, plaques, and more

  • Exercises for practicing your skills with confidence

About the Author

Jim Bennett has been teaching calligraphy for about 30years. He has taught at every level from kindergarten throughcollege and has introduced thousands of people to calligraphy.Although he lost count some time ago, he suspects that he must holda record for the number of students he has taught in the classroom,by correspondence, and through the Internet.
Jim has a B.F.A. degree from Virginia Commonwealth University andan M.F.A. degree from the University of North Carolina atGreensboro. Among the awards he has earned are the Virginia ArtistsCertificate of Distinction and the Ohio Art EducationAssociation’s Distinguished Educator Award in 2003.
In 1982, Jim self-published a popular instruction manual titled“You Can Do Calligraphy.” He also developed a completeItalic handwriting curriculum for grades K through 5 for WakefieldSchool in Virginia, created a calligraphy correspondence course forLord Fairfax Community College, and pioneered calligraphy lessonson the Internet. His calligraphy website( has had almost one millionvisitors. He is the founder and manager of the original CalligraphyWebring which is comprised of about a hundred of the finestcalligraphy websites internationally.
In addition to calligraphy, Jim worked for several years as aportrait artist under the name Bennecelli. He has also paintedmurals. Recently, he has been developing art-related projects basedon adventure themes that math teachers can use to enhance mathinstruction.

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Nice introduction June 12 2007
By T. Hayes - Published on
Format: Paperback
I just wanted to say that I recently purchased this book and am pleased with it. The book has a nice structure to it and helps walk me through everything from getting the tools of the trade, to building my confidence. For someone with my complete lack of experience, this book was exactly what I needed. Some of the other books I've found have been somewhat slim on explanation, or a poor choice for a tutorial. While it doesn't have the full suite of letter forms inside it that others may have, it seems to have the major ones I'd like to start with, and is a great way to get started. I suspect that someone with experience already would find this book somewhat too basic.

I would have given this book five out of five, were it not for the fact that I really have nothing else to compare it to. As well as the fact that the pages are not really suited to practise on as they are of a newsprint type quality. For those who wish to begin with calligraphy, I suggest using this book to get started with without reservation.


21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Moving beyond "Dummies" Oct. 12 2007
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This book is great for the beginner who doesn't mind being seen with a book for Dummies. The explanations are clear and there is even help for the left handed calligrapher. The illustrations help a lot. Although there are some different fonts to work with the selection has been kept to the simpler types. It is a good way to get started with the art of beautiful writing.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Good beginner book July 24 2007
By John Parsons - Published on
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It has little depth to it but for the beginner is quite good. Better than many beginner calligraphy books.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Calligraphy for Dummies was definitely for me Aug. 16 2008
By Courtney Garrison - Published on
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This book was fantastic. It supplied all the information needed to begin calligraphy, including how to set up your lap board for an easier beginning writing experience. I really don't feel I would ever have been able to complete the projects without the help and guidance of this book. I would highly recommend it to anyone in the beginning stages of calligraphy.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Jim Bennett does it again! Feb. 11 2009
By Jacqueline B. Kayan - Published on
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"Calligraphy for Dummies" is excellent. The author, Jim Bennett, is not only a writer but also a teacher. The book makes an outstanding textbook--either for use by an individual or a group. Both the text and the illustrations are very clear and easy to understand. In my opinion, there's not another calligraphy book available that even comes close in information and clarity for a beginner in the ancient art of beautiful writing.