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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 16 April 2015
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782211822
  • Stock: Temporarily Out of Stock
  • Size: 195x228 mm
  • Illustrations: 0
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $39.99
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Complete Guide to Calligraphy


Everything You Need to Know, with 20 Beautiful Lettering Styles by Vivien Lunniss

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Book Description

In this comprehensive introductory guide to calligraphy, author Vivien Lunniss teaches readers how to master all the principal families of writing hands, from uncials and Anglo-Saxon scripts, to Roman capitals, blackletter and gothic, and even on to modern freeform 'drawn' lettering.

Readers will learn how the hands originated, where and when they were used, and how to write and practice them, picking up fluency and flair through a series of exercises aimed at perfecting the style until writing becomes second nature—and a real pleasure.

The hands are demonstrated with a set of detailed step-by-step instructions for each letter, punctuation, and number sets, and in addition the book is supported by a series of teaching movie clips showing how each letter is created. Suitable for beginners up, readers will find a wide range of applications for the skills learned in this book, from invitations, greetings cards, place settings, and certificates, to beautiful illuminated wall art.

- 20 beautiful lettering styles
- a comprehensive guide for beginners
- step-by-step instructions for each letter

About the Author

About Vivien Lunniss

Vivien Lunniss' interest in calligraphy began many yerars ago with the gift of a fountain pen set for Christmas. Since then, the transition from hobbyist to freelance professional calligrapher has been achieved by studying hard and attending many workshops and courses. As a Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Scoeity Accredited Tutor, she is an enthusiastic and committed adult education lecturer. She also teaches workshops at various venues in the North West and is an external verifier for City & Guilds. Vivien undertakes both private and public commissions and lives in Cheshire with her husband and three children.


Yorkshire Gazette & Herald

September 2015

Search Press is a publisher that specialises in craft books and has won many awards. When reading Vivien's book you can understand why. This is a beautifully illustrated book that covers both beginners and advanced calligraphers. The author writes the basics, such as tools needed, ruling, measuring, numbers and punctuation and the general formation of letter structure. Details of the 20 scripts are given later with each letter clearly marked in the order of the pen marks used. Exercises are given or suggested at every stage and with these lovely pages close to hand all practitioners will be encouraged and inspired to master this wonderful art.

Make it Shabby


Both absolute beginners and experienced calligraphers will enjoy the Complete Guide to Calligraphy by Vivien Lunniss. Exceptionally well-laid out and beautifully presented, the book teaches you how to master a total of 20 written scripts. As well as detailed explanation to the techniques each of the scripts is also accompanied by a full alphabet providing a valuable reference tool. The instructions are simple to follow but if further assistance or explanation is required there are also links to video tutorials. To see more reviews like this visit

Karen Platt

May 2015

After learning to stitch and knit, calligraphy was the next thing I had a go at, around the age of 11. I have always been drawn to lettering styles. This is simply the best calligraphy book on the market. Beautiful layout, everything you need to know, fantastic examples of work, clear instructions and no less than twenty lettering styles. The styles include Uncials, Roman capitals and Gothic to freeform lettering with complete alphabets. Illustrated with historical and contemporary work and also gives historical insights into the scripts. There are links to video tutorials too. Instructive, comprehensive and easy to use. Suitable for all levels.

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