Since handwriting is a thing we all do all the time it’s tempting to think that calligraphy shouldn’t offer too much of a challenge. I’ve always just assumed I should be able to create beautiful lettering if I wanted to, but have been consistently unimpressed with my own efforts. Gaye Godfrey-Nicholls’ Mastering Calligraphy reveals the depth and complexity of the art form while offering meaningful and thorough information for the beginning calligrapher.
Godfrey-Nicholls provides penmanship exercises, information on tools and papers, and instruction on different lettering styles. All the things you need to know to sit down and start practicing. However, Mastering Calligraphy also includes a historical look at the development of different styles and their uses, and profiles of a variety of artists.
The book is also packed with beautiful reproductions from the work of contemporary calligraphers, showing that calligraphy is not just a stuffy craft for writing names on boring looking certificates, but a vibrant and colourful art form. With a little work, some study of the fundaments, and a lot of practice, Mastering Calligraphy can help you gain some serious lettering skills and inspire you to create some beautiful and exciting words.