Simply Calligraphy: A Beginner's Guide to Elegant Lettering

Title:  Simply Calligraphy: A Beginner's Guide to Elegant Lettering
Author: Judy Detrick
Release Date:  April 19, 2016
Genre: Arts & Crafts

This little guide to hand lettering proves that calligraphy is as easy as picking up pen and paper. Focused on calligraphy’s most popular alphabet—italic—this delightful manual introduces basic capital and small letters and numbers, plus all the creative flourishes you need to customize your unique script for every project and occasion. 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 by Judy Detrick is just what it said. It's simply a "beginner's guide to elegant lettering," the traditional calligraphy style once taught in school. It's easy to read and quite simply annotated. As someone that did take calligraphy in school, this was more of a refresher.  However, I did enjoy the latter part of the book on "flourishes" that elaborates on the traditional taught style.  For example, the cover of this book, the word, "Calligraphy" have additional flourishes in the "g," "h," and "y." There are other ways to add flourishes allowing the style to change. Some of the beautiful lettering we see of quotes in framed pieces are not the same style, which I'd say are more freehand modern style than traditional calligraphy. With that said, I think Simple Calligraphy is a great start for those who want to try their hands on lettering art or simple to have better penmanship.

NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through Blogging for Books for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.



Judy Detrick is a calligrapher/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 25 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 Harrison Collection of Calligraphy and Lettering at the San Francisco Public Library. 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.





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