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A highly-visual guide to the techniques and materials for successful decorated calligraphy with a strong contemporary feel. Jan Pickett's work is beautifully executed, with a fresh, modern style that lifts calligraphy respectfully from its traditional roots and gives it a modern appeal.
This book includes a vital grounding in calligraphy while presenting a huge variety of colorful exercises and projects for the reader to follow. Inspiration abounds, and each chapter is accompanied by a wave of gorgeous ideas for how to use techniques from embossing to watercolor.
Jan Pickett’s whole life has been a love affair with of all forms of art and lettering. She enjoys creating exuberantly colorful and fun decorated lettering as well as preparing more serious and formal calligraphic work within the commercial world.
A Fellow of the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society and a Fellow of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators, Jan has been teaching for twenty years. On the birth of Prince William, she was commissioned to prepare the gilded scroll which was presented to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to commemorate the occasion.
A typical week for Jan is a delightful mix of teaching calligraphy, meeting lots of people and working to deadlines within the commercial world, be it lettering or illustrating. As she says 'It's a real pleasure and I feel very lucky to do something that I find so enjoyable.'