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Calligraphy, anyone?

Journal Entry: Sat Nov 3, 2012, 8:19 PM


For years I've wanted to learn calligraphy and I finally decided that it is time. I would like to get a good book to learn, I looked in Amazon but there's so many of them and I couldn't decide which one to buy. Anyone here could recommend me a good book to learn calligraphy? :P I know absolutely nothing so it needs to cover the very basics.

I'm aware that there's a good number of tutorials and videos online, but I would like to learn the old fashioned way, because I'm a romantic. Ideally I would learn from a master, but I couldn't find any teacher or workshop where I live :(

Thank you if anyone can help :meow:


Everything will be all right in the end. If it's not all right, then it's not the end.
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fafatonk3kusruk Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
by the way,what kind of calligraphy that you interested with? if one that you like is Arabic calligraphy, you better look for any Islamic community around your town. Sometimes they open calligraphy class, and sometimes available for non Muslim :)
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Talty Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Maybe in the future, Arabic calligraphy is the most beautiful of them all :meow: but I want to learn latin calligraphy right now, I want to write my letters in a fancy way :D
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Itti Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I will also be very happy to give you any tips or answer any questions should you need them :)
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Talty Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much that is very nice of you :meow: I will keep it in mind!
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Itti Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Get "The Calligraphy Bible", I really recommend it. It has a nice overview at the front, including things about presentation and layout that a lot of beginners forget to pay attention to. There are also more general sections about materials and so on, lots of "overview" tips (I wish I could expand further but it's at my parents' house at the moment) and the bulk of the book consists of a large range of different alphabets for you to copy. There are also some more tips at the back, I think they are advanced techniques like embossing and so on.
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Beltaneh Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
I'm also interested in this, I guess I will take your advice too ^^ Thanks!
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Talty Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much for the advice! I looked for it in amazon, is it this one? [link] I hope so, this one has a similar name but it's a bit more expensive [link]
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Itti Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Unfortunately it's the second one, heh ^^; It's much cheaper on the UK website [link] - seems to be out of stock in the US (only available from other sellers). Scroll down and read the reviews on that page too.

Something else I forgot to mention is that the spine is spiral-bound (but in a nice way - there's a curved bit that fits nicely around the wire) which means it can lie flat, which is a godsend when you're trying to copy a particular alphabet.
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Reixma Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My dad does calligraphy as a hobby. He uses this book ->[link]
Hope that helps!
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Talty Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Thanks I will try to see if I can find it here, it's not available in amazon sadly :(
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