Thursday, June 2, 2016

Book Review: Simply Calligraphy: A Beginner's Guide to Elegant Lettering by Judy Detrick

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge,from Blogging for Books,, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about tt, all opinions are my own

Summer is here, so how about Mom gets to learn something new over the Summer?

Simply Calligraphy cover


This simple guide to calligraphy teaches just the basics, allowing novices to jump right in and make their own party and wedding invitations, hand-label envelopes, write their own place cards, and explore their creative side. After learning the basic letters, this book presents an open invitation—and a bit of inspiration—to make calligraphy one's own with creative flourishes for every project and occasion. With a modern two-color design and simple explanatory text, Simply Calligraphy's unintimidating approach proves that calligraphy is as easy as picking up pen and paper. 

Simply Calligraphy sample collage

With quick and easy instruction from calligraphy teacher and designer Judy Detrick,Simply Calligraphy will have you whipping up elegant invitations, pleasing place cards, and personalized thank-you notes in no time.

Simply Calligraphy sample page 2

Having had Calligraphy classes in high school and college, I was interested to see how Judy would teach it in this slim manual. I was very impressed! As you can see from the sample pages, she uses illustrations to really show the simple things, like direction and spacing, and they really help!

Simply Calligraphy sample page 1

I was also happy to see she recommended putting lines UNDER your paper, until you get the hang of using the pen and spacing your letters properly. I did this and it actually helped me with all my font writing, to keep a straight line by eye. This is a lovely book, and with its multiple sample alphabets, allows you to explorer different Calligraphy fonts, as you are learning. I love how she also included flourishes and sample invites/notes, so you can see how to lay them out. They also provide plenty of practice to follow!If you want to take your writing to a new level, check out this book, and by the end of Summer, you;ll have a good hand (pun intended) on Calligraphy!

About the Author:

JUDY DETRICK is a calligrapher and designer living on the Mendocino coast of Northern California. She taught calligraphy and graphic design at College of the Redwoods on the Mendocino coast for more than twenty-five years and developed the Graphic Arts Certificate Program there. Her work can be found in several anthologies of calligraphy and graphic design, and she is represented in the Richard Harrison Collection of Calligraphy and Lettering at the San Francisco Public Library. She served as editor of Alphabet, the Journal of the Friends of Calligraphy from 2007 to 2010. A parallel interest of hers is letterpress printing, and under the imprint of the Attic Press she has produced several limited edition books and a wide collection of ephemera. She teaches regularly at the San Francisco Center for the Book, for the Friends of Calligraphy, and at other venues throughout California. See her website for more info!

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