Modern Calligraphy

Having sold over 60,000 copies, Modern Calligraphy: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started in Script Calligraphy (St. Martin's Press, 2013) is a bestseller in its fourth printing. In 2016 it was released in Spanish and Chinese translations. In 2017 it was made available as an eBook for Kindle and iBooks. 

Modern Calligraphy is the first book to teach contemporary, fresh, pointed pen calligraphy, breaking the learning process down into simple steps so anyone can do it. With over 180 pages of instructions and 260 full-color photographs and illustrations, the book guides you through the process from the very beginning. After mastering letter forms using a pointed dip pen and ink, take your new skills to the next level with intermediate techniques such as how to calligraph with gouache and digitize your calligraphy to make invitations and rubber stamps.


What readers have to say about Modern Calligraphy:

“This book has filled the gap in what’s missing from online resources.”
— Terri B.

“I have been a calligrapher since 1985 and this is the best book I have in my vast collection. There is something that everyone can accomplish with a little bit of practice using Ms. Thorpe’s techniques. It is beside my drawing board, light box, ink and pens. It will not go on the shelf with the others!”
— Nancy D.

“The way it's put together inspired me to put pen to paper. Usually I am overwhelmed and intimidated but Molly makes this doable!”
— Lisa J.

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OCEANIA: – Australia