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The Bible of Illuminated Letters

A Treasury of Decorative Calligraphy

Published: March 2006
SKU: 9780764158209

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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. 

Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Size: 5.75 in x 7.75 in
  • Pages: 256
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