The Bible of Illuminated Letters: A Treasury of Decorative Calligraphy (Hardcover)

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The Bible of Illuminated Letters: A Treasury of Decorative Calligraphy (Hardcover)

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Learn the ancient, creative art of illumination

Illumination—the creation of elaborate, decorated letters and initials—became an artform in the monasteries of medieval Europe. Embellished with gold leaf, the illuminated letters of those early scribes seemed to reflect light, as though they were indeed "illuminated." This traditional art is now attracting enthusiasts who are seeking out a new craft or hobby.

This adult activity book includes instructions for recreating illuminated alphabets from six historical periods, ranging from the Celtic to the Renaissance. Diagrams for upper- and lower-case letters are accompanied by ideas for borders and decorations, and full instructions for gilding.

Each section explores ways the illuminated letters can be adapted to create a truly personal style, while a gallery of modern examples will inspire further creativity.

You'll also learn about tools and techniques, including:

  • Setting up a workstation
  • Paper, vellum and parchment
  • Brushes, pens, pencils, paints and inks
  • Gilding
  • Layout and design
  • and much more

This beautiful book also features a picture gallery of outstanding historical and contemporary illuminated letters, as well as a glossary and index. More than 400 inspiring color illustrations in total. A perfect gift for adults looking to explore calligraphy or bookbinding, The Bible of Illuminated Letters is a must-have for anyone looking for creative, mindful activities.

Margaret Morgan is a professional calligrapher and an Associate of the Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society. She regularly accepts both public and private commissions and conducts calligraphy workshops.

Rosemary Buczek is a Master Penman and served two terms as President of the International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH)
Product Details ISBN: 9780764158209
ISBN-10: 0764158201
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication Date: March 1st, 2006
Pages: 256
Language: English
Series: Quarto Book