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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Learn World Calligraphy : Book Review and Giveaway

"Learn World Calligraphy" is a recent release by author Margaret Shepherd.  She has written 16 other books on calligraphy so she knows her stuff.


The unique thing about this book is span of calligraphy styles presented.


- Greek
- African
- Thai
- Tibetan
- Celtic
- Hebrew
- Chinese and Japanese
and list goes on.

The entire book has been hand lettered in multiple styles, giving it a very artsy feel.  This allows you to get inspired just by reading the "How To".

Margaret also presents ways to incorporate lettering into your art projects, showing you historical pieces and ways you can duplicate and update them.  I can see a lot of applications in my work. Just being able to add Greek characters to our "ancient civilizations" projects in Grade 6 is terrific.
I especially loved her ideas for taking a word, writing it in such a way that it graphically represents the object or meaning.....way cool!
So the details: 
  •  softcover
  • 192 pages crammed with info, she actually super shrinked the index and credits so they are only 2 pages total
  • lots of pictures and examples
  • suggested retail $24.99U.S/$27.99 CAN

On to the Giveaway, if you are interested in winning your own copy of this amazing book you can leave me a comment on this post or email me at:  thatartistwoman@shaw.ca
I will make the draw on Friday so you have until Thursday at 11:59 pm.   The draw will be random based on time of your entry.  U.S and Canadian residents only.
Good Luck everyone!

- review/giveaway copy provided by Newman Communications, Inc.

50 comments:

  1. I have a love/hate relationship with calligraphy (sometimes I nail it on the first try and sometimes it is try number 5.) That book looks amazing - I have several reference books for calligraphy but I am always up for a new one.

    Manda :)

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  2. Sounds like a neat book. I'd love to be entered. I'm also bookmarking your blog. I briefly looked at a few of your art projects & think my kids would love to do some of them.

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  3. Thanks for the giveaway, Gail! I learned calligraphy as part of my 7th and 8th grade art curricula at school and loved it. But it was only one kind of calligraphy, and I'd love to learn more!

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  4. I'd love a chance to win, sounds like a cool book!

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  5. Oh pretty please! I looooove calligraphy, but I'm not very good at it.

    claire.negus@gmail.com
    THANK YOU SO MUCH!
    ~Claire

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  6. It looks smashing and I've put it on my wish list as I love calligraphy.

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  7. I would LOVE a chance to win this book!

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  8. What an awesome Giveaway...thanks for the chance to win! Pop Art Minis

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  9. that book looks so awesome!
    interestingly, I actually tried making a pen from a feather recently and quickly learned there must be an art to it... so it was neat to see that they include directions in that book!
    I'd love to be entered in the giveaway
    healingfrommcs at gmail dot com

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  10. It looks like a wonderful book. I always want do calligraphy so I may even buy it.
    Nice giveaway.

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  11. What an interesting book! Love the idea of her suggestions of adding lettering to one's art!
    Great giveaway!

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  12. I always love calligraphy,i have done experiments with glass paints & some unique material like beads,,etc..
    i will love to have this book!!

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  13. Thanks for the chance to win!
    ogreger@gmail.com

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  14. Very nice!I'd love to win this!Greetings fron Greece!

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  15. What an interesting book. I would love to get my hands on it.

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  16. I love the art of text. I would love to win this book.

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  17. Wow! This book looks awesome!

    Thanks for the opportunity!

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  18. Ooh I was just thinking how I wanted to learn calligraphy!

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  19. what a fun book! I'm pretty sure we need a copy. :)

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  20. I have been meaning to learn calligraphy.... Would love to own this book! :) Thanks for the opportunity!

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  21. I would love a chance to win this book and also to share it with my art students.

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  22. How very interesting -- I enjoy looking at calligraphy but never realized that there are so many styles! I'd love to be entered in for the drawing. Thank you so much!

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  23. Oh, I almost bought a calligraphy book and pen last week! I hope I win (crosses fingers!)

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  24. I would love to have this book!

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  25. I'd love to be entered for the giveaway! What an interesting book. My husband and I have studied Ancient Greek together and have been to Greece, so it would be fun to learn more about Greek calligraphy together. Thanks for sharing!

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  26. This would be a fabulous gift for my artistic daughter. Thank you!

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  27. Please enter me in this contest. The Greek letters look fab!!

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  28. My daughter is taking a calligraphy class right now! This would be a fantastic resource!
    :)

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  29. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [28 Sep 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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  30. I have always want to do calligraphy. i purchased a set of pens but just could not do it from the examples i had this would be wonderful to have a book with all the examples. Thank you for the chance to win

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  31. here I go again...maybe this time I will get to be the winner!

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  32. What a wonderful give-away. Thank you for the chance.

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  33. I teach art and this would be a wonderful book to add to my collection!

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  34. I'm teaching a World Languages class in our homeschool co-op, and this would be a fantastic resource! Thanks for the chance!

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  35. What a wonderful book-I teach art and would love to win it!

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  36. The book looks absolutely awesome, I think I'll have to buy it! (I'm not eligible for the giveaway.) Thanks for the introduction/review.

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  37. My daughter and I have been wanting to give caligraphy a try--would love to win!

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  38. Ohy I would love to win! Thank you for the opportunity!

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  39. Even the cover looks intriguing. What a great resource for both art and learning about written languages in general!

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  40. Such a cool giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity=)
    Heather at coloradomillers @ msn dot com

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  41. I have been considering a unit on calligraphy with my classes - would love a copy of this book! Thanks!

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  42. Looks like a great addition for my lettering book collection! Thanks for accepting my entry Gail!

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  43. Wow that book looks really cool. I've done some calligraphy in the past (my dad taught me) but would love to learn new styles and applications. I would love to win this book.

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  44. I am the author, and I am so pleased to see interest in this topic! May I suggest my blog at http://margaretshepherd.blogspot.com/

    I also offer practice guidelines from the book, to print out from my website margaretshepherd.com

    Thank you Gail, your projects keep a lot of wonderful crafts accessible.

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  45. Ooh! I was just thinking last week that I really should learn to do calligraphy. This book looks amazing. Thanks for another great book to add to my list of books to check out.

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  46. I would love to win-- the book looks awesome!! :)

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  47. I hope I'm not too late - this is an amazing book. wow!

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  48. That looks like such a lovely book! I would love to add it to my small collection.

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  49. Indeed an amazing book, this review scratches the surface. Margaret's website is alot of fun, too. -ATTS

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