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The Illuminated Lettering Kit: Materials, Techniques, and Projects for Decorative Calligraphy [Stationery]

George Thomson

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April 26 2004 Jump-Start Creativity
Illuminated lettering is an art form from medieval times that maintains its allure and beauty today. Combining calligraphy, painting, and gilding, illuminated lettering is a skill that's surprisingly easy to learn. With this kit, you have everything you need to create your own illuminated masterpieces, perfect for holidays, as birthday gifts, or to adorn your home. Includes an easy-to-follow instruction book with alphabets and templates to trace and varied project ideas, and all the materials to get you started.

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  • Stationery: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (April 26 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811844889
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811844888
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 3.8 x 30.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 948 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #764,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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 doesn’t deliver much beyond the basics.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good information, great for beginners Nov. 15 2006
By Judy Hayes - Published on Amazon.com
The book was a great source for a beginner like me. The book covers a brief history about where and what Illumination is. It shows several types of script, foundation hand, italic, versals and gothic. It then moves on to decorate your letters. At the end it has several projects that begin fairly simple then advances introducing a new technique each project so that when you complete all of the projects you have practiced all of the techniques that the book covers.

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.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT INTIMIDATING Jan. 28 2008
By shelleybelly - Published on Amazon.com
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I have wanted to start doing some Illumination and found this kit to be just what I needed. I didn't want to have anything to expensive if I found I didn't like it. I love the set with its pen and brush. I have enjoyed getting started. Glad I bought it.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Illuminating! Jan. 10 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I have several other books on calligraphy and illumination and have found this to be one of the most informative and instructive. You can make many beautiful illuminated projects using techniques learned here.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful starter-set and a nice gift Dec 22 2009
By Tax Accountant - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this as a gift for a friend. It is a very impressive gift; the box itself is well-made and not cheap-looking at all, and the paper is very fine quality as well as the ink/paint and quill pens.

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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Illuminated Lettering Kit Sept. 25 2009
By Lynn - Published on Amazon.com
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Really, really like this kit. Had one a few years ago and was lost in a move. I was so glad to see it here. Great book for beginning and intermediate decorative calligraphers. Lots of ideas, clear instructions and beautifully pictured examples. Will spark the desire to "illuminate." Recommended highly.

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