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Calligraphy and lettering: a maker's guide

Calligraphy and lettering: a maker's guide

Lach, Denise, 1952- author

Aimed at anyone wanting to learn more about the increasingly popular art of calligraphy and lettering, this practical introduction showcases many fine examples in the V&A's collection, and will give readers a new understanding and appreciation of letterforms. Four core sample alphabets are included alongside projects ranging from simple invitations, envelopes and menus to a fabric banner, monogram rubber stamp, embossed gift tag, gilded lettering and a stencilled Gothic sign

Paperback, Book. English.
Published London: Thames and Hudson, 2019
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Statement of responsibility: Denise Lach
ISBN: 0500294305, 9780500294307
Physical Description: 176 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm.
Series: Maker's guide
Subject: Lettering.; Crafts.; Calligraphy.
Series Title: Maker's guide.


  1. Calligraphy & lettering today, Denise Lach
  2. Tools & materials
  3. Getting started
  4. Skeleton letterforms
  5. Making a layout
  6. Making a finished piece
  7. CLASSIC CALLIGRAPHY: Roman capitals
  8. Foundational hand
  9. Gothic script
  10. Italic script
  11. CAPITALS & INITIALS: Decorated letters
  12. Illuminated letters
  13. Embossing & debossing
  14. Monograms
  15. DECORATION & DISPLAY: Pen flourishes
  16. Chalkboard lettering
  17. Vintage sign writing
  18. Painted lettering
  19. Everyday penmanship
  20. BEYOND WESTERN CALLIGRAPHY: Japanese calligraphy
  21. Zoomorphic calligraphy
  22. Glossary; About the makers; Index; Picture credits & acknowledgments