Mr B's review
Typography geeks unite! This ode to the humble hand-drawn letter will have you itching to pick up your quill. Stashed full of colourful and friendly “inkspiration”, ‘Inkspired’ introduces simple tasks to help you discover your inner scribbler, master a calligraphic alphabet and embark on a range of fun calligraphy projects. The glory of this stylish book is that it never takes itself too seriously – try keeping a straight face whilst swapping your calligraphy nib for a floppy asparagus!
Modern calligraphy has taken social media by storm and inspired thousands of people to put pen to paper and get involved with ink. For years, handwriting has been in danger of becoming lost to keyboards and smartphones, with few of us picking up a pen to do much more than scrawl a shopping list or take hasty notes in meetings so, for professional calligrapher Betty Soldi, this increase in interest is welcome. In Inkspired, Betty encourages you to reconnect with handwriting and discover the calming, creative joy of calligraphy. The book contains guidelines and practice pages, and its calligraphy-friendly paper and unique lie-flat binding mean you can write straight into the book with ease. Once you have had a go at her own `Alphabetty’ of calligraphic letters, you are encouraged to develop your own individual style, with a section of projects, from invitations to writing on crockery. Learn to embrace mistakes, play around with new ideas – Betty encourages practising not just with pen and paper, but writing on mirrors in lipstick or etching messages into a plant leaf – and express yourself with beautiful lettering and flourishes. Betty’s mantra is `Practice makes progress’, and with her infectious enthusiasm and invaluable guidance, even the most inexperienced of inkers will find their scribbles transformed.
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