The Bible of Illuminated Letters

Author: Timothy Noad
ISBN: 073181276X
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Calligraphy

There are six historical periods with step-by-step instructions with diagrams for upper and lower case letters plus full instructions for gilding.

The Bible of Illuminated Letters

Author: Margaret Morgan
Publisher: Barrons Educational Series Incorporated
ISBN: 0764158201
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Art

The ancient art of illuminating manuscripts is currently attracting many new enthusiasts among artists, art students, and lovers of calligraphy. The Bible of Illuminated Letters is a volume they'll all want to add to their collections. It presents step-by-step instructions for recreating twelve illuminated alphabets. Among them are Celtic, Saxon, Gothic, Romanesque, Modern Revival, and seven more, including several modern scripts. Detailed diagrams instruct on creating upper- and lower-case letters, as well as on ways for designing borders and decorations. More ambitious students can also follow clear directions for gilding--decorating with gold leaf--as was originally done in medieval European monasteries. Readers and students of illumination who open this book will find: a history of illumination; required tools, techniques, and materials for illuminating; instruction in layout and design; and steps to follow in order to create 12 alphabet styles. 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.

Illuminated Letters

Author: Margaret Morgan
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 0713671653
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Artists' materials

Illumination - the creation of elaborate, decorated letters and initials - reached its apogee 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 new enthusiasts. Illuminated Letters presents step-by-step instructions for recreating twelve illuminated alphabets, including Celtic, Saxon, Gothic, Romanesque and Modern Revival. Diagrams for upper- and lower-case letters are accompanied by ideas for borders and decorations, and full instructions for gilding. Each section explores ways in which the illuminated letters can be adapted to create a truly personal style, while a gallery of historical and modern examples will inspire further creativity.

Masterpieces of Illuminated Letters and Borders

Author: W. R. Tymms
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486155937
Release Date: 2013-02-20
Genre: Design

Rare letters and borders that once enhanced medieval bibles and other rare manuscripts are ornamented with exquisite florals, curvilinear motifs interwoven with religious figures, and other exquisite embellishments. More than 350 designs, including 256 letters.

The Illuminated Alphabet

Author: Timothy Noad
ISBN: 184092232X
Release Date: 1994
Genre: Alphabets

The Illuminated Alphabet allows readers to reproduce a range of classic illuminated letters, and even show you how to design new ones. It is an indispensable guide to the timeless art of illumination.

Modern Lettering

Author: Rebecca Cahill Roots
Publisher: Batsford
ISBN: 1849944474
Release Date: 2017-08-03
Genre: Art

A practical guide to modern calligraphy, complete with worksheets and projects. In Modern Lettering, you will learn how to create beautiful decorative handwriting in a variety of styles. It’s a fun and immersive guide, inviting you to explore beautiful letterforms, experiment with your own hand-lettering style and use calligraphy for creative projects. Professional calligrapher Rebecca Cahill Roots guides the reader through the basic techniques, sharing useful tips along the way. She brings her own unique style to a range of beautiful modern calligraphy alphabets, each accompanied by worksheets printed on high-quality calligraphy paper for practising. There are tips for mixing fonts, using different coloured inks and beginner’s brush calligraphy. Once you’ve mastered the basic techniques, you can apply your handwriting skills to some of the stylish step-by-step projects featured, including wedding stationery, framed quotes and personalised envelopes. This fun and approachable guide is a must-have for anyone looking to add a personal touch to their lettering, whether it’s for a particular project or for taking up a new hobby.

The Illuminated Alphabet

Author: Theodore Menten
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486227450
Release Date: 1971
Genre: Design

50 great initials of the Middle Ages, all with remarkable, ready-to-color illuminations built into them: Biblical scenes, knights, martyrdoms, grotesque animals, geometrical ornament, scenes of war and play, musicians and much else from the treasury of medieval manuscript.

1001 Illuminated Initial Letters

Author: Owen Jones
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486155432
Release Date: 2012-08-15
Genre: Design

Magnificently embellished letters of the alphabet — approximately 40 to a page plus one page of roman and arabic numbers — primarily taken from Jones's illustrated The Psalms of David.

A Treasury of Hours

Author: Fanny Faÿ-Sallois
Publisher: Getty Publications
ISBN: 0892368195
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Art

During the Middle Ages, kings and nobility frequently commissioned the greatest artists of their day to illustrate-or "illuminate"-their personal prayer books. Intended for private reading and meditation, these so-called "books of hours" were arranged, in keeping with the practice of the Church, so that particular prayers were read at specific times of the day. To our enduring enchantment, the artists who illustrated these books entwined delicate flowers, beautiful fruits, and fanciful creatures with depictions of activities appropriate to each month of the year and with moving illustrations depicting stories from the lives of Jesus, the Virgin Mary, and the saints. Presented here are carefully selected pages from over a dozen precious fourteenth- and fifteenth-century manuscripts-most of which have never been published before-found in some of the world's leading museums and libraries. Arranged and described to guide the viewer's eye, these delightful and colorful illustrations invite readers, young and old, to immerse themselves in the medieval imagination. Also included are a glossary and a short history of the noble personages who commissioned the works and the artists who produced them.

Illuminated Alphabets

Author: Patricia Carter
Publisher: Search PressLtd
ISBN: 0855327103
Release Date: 1991
Genre: Art

Patricia Carter has again created a stunning collection of decorative design ideas, this time to illuminate lettering. There are nine complete alphabets offered, including Parchment, Classical Collection and Entwined Roses.

Illuminated Initials in Full Color

Author: Carol Belanger Grafton
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486319933
Release Date: 2013-07-02
Genre: Design

Among the glories of extant medieval manuscripts are the splendid illuminated initials in which geometric, curvilinear, animal, religious and other motifs intertwine to form extraordinarily beautiful and decorative letters. For this striking volume, Carol Belanger Grafton has selected 548 illuminated letters-alphabetically arranged-from 19th-century reprints of medieval manuscripts. Here are magnificently ornamented initials-some the length of an entire margin, another encompassing the page itself, others delicate miniatures. All are imaginatively and beautifully enhanced with royal and saintly figures, mythical creatures, knights in battle, exquisite florals and much more. Encompassing all the letters of the alphabet, and including a selection of hand-colored chromolithographs, this practical archive of lovely copyright-free designs not only provides commercial artists and illustrators with a wealth of usable letters, it offers a splendid sampling of the ancient art of manuscript illuminations.

A History of Illuminated Manuscript

Author: Christopher De Hamel
Publisher: Phaidon Press
ISBN: 9780714834528
Release Date: 1997-09-26
Genre: Design

Medieval manuscripts are counted among the greatest glories of Western civilization. With their gold and painted decoration and their charming miniatures, they have always had immense appeal, and images from them can be seen everywhere - from greeting cards and wrapping paper to expensive facsimiles. This entertaining and authoritative book is the first to provide a general introduction to the whole subject of the making of books from the Dark Ages to the invention of printing and beyond. Christopher de Hamel vividly describes the widely different circumstances in which manuscripts were created, from the earliest monastic Gospel Books to university textbooks, secular romances, Books of Hours and classical texts for humanist bibliophiles. As the story unfolds the wonderful variety of manuscripts and their illumination is revealed, and many fundamental questions are answered - who wrote the books, what texts they contained, who read them, how they were made and what purposes they served. Illuminated manuscripts have alway been highly valued, and among them are some of the world's great masterpieces of art. With its lively narrative and many new and superb illustrations, this new edition of a much-praised book provides the perfect introduction to a large and fascinating subject.

Illuminated Manuscripts

Author: Janice Anderson
Publisher: Todtri Book Pub
ISBN: 1577171551
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Antiques & Collectibles

Over 100 illustrations. Illuminated manuscripts, particularly those produced in the convents, monasteries, and abbeys of medieval Europe, are among the most beautiful objects in the world. This book, with an authoritative text and over 100 breathtaking full-color illustrations, shows how the art developed, flourished, and gave expression to that great age of faith which was the Middle Ages. The art lover will find much to enjoy in these beautiful and inspiring illustrations. The craftsmanship, brilliant color, and minute attention to detail has never been equaled in Western art.