A Beginner's Guide to Modern Calligraphy & Brush Pen Lettering

Learn to Create Beautiful Hand Lettering for Invitations, Cards, Journals and More! (With 550 Color Photos & Illustrations)

Tuttle Publishing
Maki Shimano
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Create beautiful hand-lettered journals, invitations, cards, menus and more with convenient brush pens!

Master calligrapher Maki Shimano shows you all the techniques and provides hundreds of colourful examples to inspire you. Creating your own calligraphy is very easy using Shimano's time-tested method of breaking down each letter into a small number of strokes. And she provides dozens of ideas for decorative motifs such as wreaths, balloons, birthday cakes — and so much more!

This easy step-by-step guide by an experienced calligraphy teacher allows you to develop your skills quickly.

  • Start with the basic tools and techniques of hand lettering
  • Learn to draw 8 elegant typefaces with just 2 or 3 simple strokes
  • Create compositions with fancy flourishes, 'bounce' and rhythm
  • Design a planner, journal, place cards, greeting cards, gift tags, invitations, etc.
  • And much more!
Contributor Bio

Maki Shimano began learning calligraphy at an early age and has become the preeminent teacher and practitioner of modern calligraphy in Japan. She is an author, typographer and freelance artist who works in the bridal industry as a wedding planner. She creates traditional Japanese calligraphy as well as modern English calligraphy for a wide variety of clients and applications.