The Gift of Calligraphy: A Modern Approach to Hand Lettering with 25 Projects to Give and to Keep (Hardcover)
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An easy-to-follow guide to learning the art of calligraphy, with 25 gorgeously photographed projects that use calligraphy to make beautiful gifts and home décor.
Calligraphy and hand lettering have surged in popularity as people rediscover traditional handicrafts as a creative outlet and way to relax. Unlike other hand lettering books, The Gift of Calligraphy shows you how to use your calligraphy skills to create invitations, wall art, wrapping paper, a tote bag, even a calligraphy kit for kids. Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls, calligraphy teacher and author of Belle Calligraphy, brings her signature modern style to this traditional craft. The first quarter of the book provides a primer for creating a simple alphabet and how to find your own personal style of lettering, followed by wonderful projects that will delight your family, impress your friends, and beautify your home, all accompanied by clear step-by-step photography and inspiring shots of the finished pieces.
About the Author
MAYBELLE IMASA-STUKULS is a highly sought after artist, designer, calligrapher, and author of Belle Calligraphy, a giftable calligraphy kit published by Chronicle Books in 2015. Maybelle teaches sold-out calligraphy workshops in the U.S. and worldwide and her work has been regularly featured in magazines such as Martha Stewart Weddings, Sunset, and Better Homes and Gardens, and on blogs such as Oh Happy Day, The Design Files, and Design*Sponge.
THUSS + FARRELL is the husband-and-wife team Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell, a photography and design duo who has worked together since 1991. In addition to still-life, portraiture, travel, and lifestyle photography, their work together encompasses a wide variety of creative disciplines, including creative direction, set design, furniture design, crafting, styling, product design, and graphic design.
“As a former student of Maybelle’s, I can attest to her unique and accessible approach to modern calligraphy: there is room for everyone. Whether you are brand new to calligraphy or you’ve already got some practice under your belt and want to take yourwork to the next level, The Gift of Calligraphy takes you from materials to technical tips, and from understanding traditional styles to experiments for developing your own unique look—all inan easy-to-follow, stunningly beautiful guide you’ll want to come back to again and again.”
—LISA CONGDON, fine artist, illustrator, and author of Broad Strokes and A Glorious Freedom
“Maybelle is a woman of passion, grace, and talent, but aboveall, she wants everyone to have access to beautiful hand lettering. She believes that when pen is on paper, it’s a meditative gift andthe antidote to these modern times. No mark is ever seen as ‘imperfect’, no stroke is ever overly corrected; it’s all about the flow and letting go.”
—MEGAN MORTON, stylist and author of Home Love and It’s Beautiful Here
“Maybelle has designed every project in this book with care and thoughtfulness, making them accessible and relevant to everyone—from the amateur to the expert calligrapher. In a modern world ofelectronic messages, Maybelle brings back a tactile craft that isperfect for giving to friends (or keeping for yourself). The Gift ofCalligraphy is a must-have for every crafter’s library.”
—JORDAN FERNEY, founder of Oh Happy Day!