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The Illuminated Lettering Kit: Materials, Techniques, and Projects for Decorative Calligraphy Stationery – Apr 26 2004

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Product Details

  • 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
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #836,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 doesn’t deliver much beyond the basics.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9d99c420) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
HASH(0x9c912ba0) out of 5 stars Five Stars Feb. 14 2016
By Anthony De Piante - Published on
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Excellent quality and great variety of beginner supplies
HASH(0x9c7eeaf8) out of 5 stars What part of this is a Kit? Jan. 5 2016
By Lori - Published on
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A small thin text, without supplies, is not a kit. But, the single page on gilding was good as was the 1/2 page chart on pulling the PVA. I was disappointed that the guide spoke more about the history than of technique; the book doesn't deliver much beyond the very basic --- and if you're buying it here, it's a little book, not a kit.
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HASH(0x9d99e600) out of 5 stars Make sure it has all the parts. June 8 2015
By simply_put - Published on
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Unfortunately it was missing the key components and so it was really only helpful as a reference.
HASH(0x9d605138) out of 5 stars Five Stars Dec 7 2014
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d7d1d5c) out of 5 stars Complete and Full of Information May 30 2010
By ABibliophile - Published on
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This kit, for the price, is exceptional. It includes all you need to begin learning about illuminated lettering, with concise information and interesting background on the history of illuminated texts. I highly recommend this kit for someone who is new to illumination -- it's a fabulous starting point.