Simply Calligraphy: A Beginner's Guide to Elegant Lettering

I've been a fan of calligraphy for many years.  I remember for our first anniversary I wanted to gift my husband with a special letter written in calligraphy, but I didn't know where to find an calligrapher nor could I possibly write this letter myself in calligraphy myself.  Many years have passed since then, and now I follow quite a few hand lettering artists on Instagram.   Seeing their artwork made wonder if I could possibly try my hand at calligraphy too.

I received this book to review from Blogging for Books.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 Simply Calligraphy: A Beginner's Guide to Elegant Letter by Judy Detrick was just the book I needed when I decided to go ahead and give calligraphy a try.  The 83 page book provides simple tips along with examples for those of us who desire to try our hand at calligraphy. Judy Detrick provides the beginner with helpful steps for getting started including the type of pen, ink, and paper she recommends for this form of art.  She also shares warming up activities before starting any project.

Simply Calligraphy includes instruction for creating small letters, capital letters, numerals, and flourishes.  Flourishes are the additional style that you add to your lettering. Many of us do this with our normal, everyday handwriting. The last chapter of the book includes several project ideas where you can put your calligraphy skills to use.

I appreciate the Judy Detrick's gentle approach to teaching calligraphy to the beginner.  The book is not overwhelming with details instead she provides just enough information to get start, and to become comfortable as a new calligrapher.  Although her instructions are concise, they are also clear.  This book definitely follows the less is more mantra.

Do you enjoy learning new things?  What is something you are going to give a try?