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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (May 7 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470117710
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470117712
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 1.8 x 27.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 925 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #134,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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  • Practice using a variety of alphabets and styles
  • Hone your calligraphic skills
  • Combine letter art with other forms of artistic expression
  • Get answers on where to go to get ink and paper

From Italic to Roman to Uncial — create calligraphic alphabets with ease

For many people, calligraphy is something they admire from afar, but don't believe they could ever do it themselves. Nothing could be further from the truth! Practice is the key to becoming a good calligrapher, and that 's what this book is all about. Open it and you'll find easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions in all the basics, from choosing the right pens and paper and holding the pen properly to using calligraphy to create six beautiful alphabets. Plus, there are plenty of creative projects for putting your skills into action. With just a little practice every day, you'll be well on 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


Plain-English explanations
Step-by-step procedures
Hands-on practice exercises
Ample workspace to test your skills
A dash of humor and fun

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I had a sudden desire to learn calligraphy and this was the book I decided on. It's a quick way to get started actually practicing..and as I've read, it takes practice, practice and more practice to get good results. Together will the additional practice sheets provide on the Author's website you have ample opportunity to print out guideline and practice sheets to work with. It does not provide a lot of detailed instruction and spends a lot of time on the basic, Italic, alphabet. As other reviewers have mentioned, you are going to want to photocopy the practice sheets or download and print the practice sheets from the For Dummies website and/or from the Author's website -- the newsprint style paper in the book isn't suitable.
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Not bad, but also not great.
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59 of 59 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb377cba0) out of 5 stars Nice introduction June 12 2007
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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.


26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb377cbf4) out of 5 stars 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.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb377ced0) out of 5 stars Good beginner book July 24 2007
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It has little depth to it but for the beginner is quite good. Better than many beginner calligraphy books.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb377cdc8) out of 5 stars 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.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3785420) out of 5 stars Jim Bennett does it again! Feb. 11 2009
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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.