If you’re in the market for a new calligraphy instructional book to help sharpen your lettering skill or to help get through the rest of winter with a shred of sanity, we are currently running deals on a whole host of options. In this post, we will show you just a sampling of the deals we have going on at the store. As always, you can order through or website with ease or give us a call at the store.
You can find these books as well as many other books on sale by following this link: http://www.johnnealbooks.com/prod_detail_list/403
B3044 Art Expose: A Collection of Techniques for Creative Expression by Judy Melvin
Judy has put her workshop notes into book form. It’s a book of how to make beautiful artwork using the techniques for creative expression that she teaches. Full color. Includes:
Sumi Ink & Sink Art, Sumi Ink & TECH Ink, Gesso, Pastels & Stencils, Bleach & Pastels, and Walnut Ink. Current Sale Price $4.95
B3401 The World Encyclopedia of Calligraphy: The Ultimate Compendium on the Art of Fine Writing – History, Craft, Technique, compiled and edited by Christopher Calderhead and Holly Cohen.
Discover the sophisticated beauty of calligraphy from around the world with this comprehensive, one-of-a-kind resource. Using visual examples accompanied by expert commentary, The World Encyclopedia of Calligraphy features 55 living scripts, including: Carolingian (Roman), Japanese Hiragana (Japanese), Thuluth (Arabic), Ü-Chen (Tibetan), and Yerushalmi (Hebrew). Each script includes an overview of its origins, traditions, and unique characteristics, while an expanded description includes the kind of writing system used, the direction and sequence of the lines of continuous text, distinctions between majuscule and minuscule, and the principal writing tool. Both a step-by-step guide and sumptuous visual tour, this groundbreaking collection will teach and inspire you. Current Sale Price: $19.95
B3910 Mastering Calligraphy: The Complete Guide to Hand Lettering by Gaye Godfrey-Nicholls.
This elegant book presents historical hands (such as Roman Capitals, Foundational, Uncial, Carolingian, Gothic, Italic); gestural and ruling pen forms; pointed pen alphabets and brush written forms. For each hand, a main alphabet with ductus is paired with variations and interspersed are profiles of calligraphers and examples of their work that features the hand. In addition, at the end of each section there is a related gallery (there are over 125 works shown). Chapters cover backgrounds and colors, layout and composition, illumination, digitizing hand lettering, and creating digital forms.
Gaye Godfrey-Nicholls is a professional calligrapher and teacher based in Perth, Australia
Current Sale Price: $35.95
B3966. Japanese Alphabet: The 48 Essential Characters by Gabriele Mandel and Isao Hose.
This clear and concise guide to the various Japanese writing systems presents all of the characters (kana) in the traditional order, shown in both the hiragana and katakana versions. Each character is given its own page, which graphically indicates the correct sequence for the individual strokes; provides voiced and unvoiced variants; and presents the Chinese ideogram from which it was derived, the Roman transliteration, and the character in several typefaces. Current Sale price: $9.99
B2225 Enrich Your Calligraphy By Diana Hardy Wilson.
This is not a book about letterforms but about how to go about creating calligraphic pieces. Further, unlike many recent calligraphy books, this book is generous with the text rather than being a printed slide show with captions. Wilson explains how to be a maker of calligraphic work with both practical and philosophical discussions about design, creativity, and the actual production. Current Sale price: $3.99