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The Bible of Illuminated Letters
  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback flexi
  • Publication: 05 April 2021
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782219781
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 178x235 mm
  • Illustrations: 450
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: £19.99
  • Series: Artist's Bible
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The Bible of Illuminated Letters


A treasury of decorative calligraphy by Margaret Morgan (Author)

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Book Description

The traditional art of Illumination - the creation of elaborate, decorated letters and initials - is now attracting new enthusiasts. It reached its apogee in the monasteries of medieval Europe and was practised with great skill and artistry. Embellished with gold leaf, the illuminated letters of those early scribes seemed to reflect light, as though they were indeed 'illuminated'.

Illuminated Letters presents step-by-step instructions for recreating illuminated alphabets from six historical periods, including Celtic, Gothic and Romanesque. Diagrams for upper- and lower-case letters are accompanied by ideas for borders and decorations, and full instructions for gilding. Each section also explores ways in which the illuminated letters can be adapted to create a truly personal style, while a gallery of modern examples will inspire further creativity.

Table of Contents

How to use this book

Chapter 1: Tools and Techniques

Chapter 2: Preparing to Work

Chapter 3: Alphabet Directory
Renaissance: white vine
Renaissance: neo-classical

Chapter 4: Contemporary Gallery

About the Author

About Margaret Morgan

Margaret Morgan is a professional calligrapher and an Associate of the Calligraphy & Letters Arts Society. She regularly accepts both public and private commissions and conducts workshops for calligraphic societies. Although traditional formal calligraphy involving gilding, painting and heraldry form an important part of her work, she increasingly enjoys the challenge of more experimental lettering. To see more of Margaret's work visit www.thecalligrapher.co.uk.


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It is not often that I am able to recommend a book that has nothing to do with embroidery or textiles, but for those who enjoy embroidering letters, this book is a must.

Of course there is a section on vellum versus parchment and the various inks to use. This of course can be disregarded.

Where I found this book interesting, was in its step-by-step instructions for recreating letters from six historical periods. Both lower- and upper-case letters are shown, accompanied by full instructions.

The illustrations give plenty of scope for imaginative interpretation on how to convert them for embroidery and incorporate them into your designs.

This is a book that should be kept on the bookshelf for that rainy day when inspiration needs to come calling.

Amazon Customer Review

I think the books is beautiful and very informative. I was delighted with it. I am definitely going to do some letters for our family.

Amazon Customer Review

The Bible of Illuminated Letters is a comprehensive guide to illumination. Having learnt a couple of calligraphy hands, I was keen to develop my skills further by starting to create illuminated letters. This book is the perfect guide. It starts with a comprehensive introduction to the tools and techniques needed as well as layout and colour theory. The main body of the book contains decorated alphabets from six different time periods with step-by-step instructions of how to create them. I found the instructions straightforward to follow and I liked the inclusion of examples of historical work from each period. The illustrations are large enough for you to be able to see the details of each letter clearly and the book is printed on good quality paper.

Amazon Customer Review

I have tried some calligraphy and have also produced a stitched illuminated letter. I wanted to improve my knowledge of this subject. This is a comprehensive guide from materials, preparation and techniques to history from certain time periods and guided exercises. The images are clear and easy to follow. I would thoroughly recommend this book

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