The Illuminated Lettering Kit: Materials, Techniques, and Projects for Decorative Calligraphy Stationery – Apr 26 2004
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In medieval times, monks spent years translating and reproducing texts for church libraries, and they often embellished their script with "gilded patterns or designs," giving birth to the art of illumination. This kit offers a brief history of the process, which began in the ninth century, and includes the basic materials one would need to get started: a brush, a calligraphy pen, inks, paper and paint. The book guides aspiring illuminators through calligraphy exercises and details four simple projects (a bookmark, a greeting card, a gift box and a frame decorated with lettering) that are nicely complemented by example photos and templates. Those who enjoy making personalized, artistic gifts may find this technique a nice addition to their repertoire, but the guide doesnt deliver much beyond the basics.
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If you find the projects just a tad too simple they offer small additional "challenges" so to speak to practice even further. This book doesn't cover all of the designs, all of the alphabets or extensively practice all of the techniques; however it never makes claims that it does. The purpose of the book is to give you a basic foundation, and then it wants you to use your creativity and imagination to push further.
I felt the book was well worth the price. It gives you the tools to do all of the exercises in the book (minus the practice drawing paper) and tells you what to look for when you purchase inks, pens, etc. It provides a brief introduction on how to make your own, as well as a brief history about pens, paper and other tools. The kit also contains nice cardstock to use when you get a good handle on the art.
I gave this a five because it met my requirements, 1. It was priced fairly 2. The product was as advertised. 3. It was good quality, they gave you enough ink to do the projects and have left over, good quality brush and pens, the paper is nice enough to make gift worthy projects.
The book that came with the set is a good beginner's overview and a great place to start for someone who is just trying calligrapy for the first time, or picking it up after a few years.
I was very impressed by the quality.