Now this is exciting! I haven’t done a “bestowal” in ages and I am so pleased to launch my first one since arriving on terra firma a.k.a the West Coast and it is such a good one too! It seems to me that the majority of you that visit here are either interested in lettering, either just because you have an appreciation for the medium or have a deep desire to try your hand at it (how could you not? You with the refined eye and exquisite taste?) When I found out that the indomitable Molly Suber Thorpe of Plurabelle Calligraphy fame was going to launch a book entitled Modern Calligraphy I knew that I would be willing to beg, cheat, steal to get my hands on an early copy, once that happened, I had to again beg, cheat, steal so I could get my hands on another copy for you!
Molly’s book will not disappoint if you are a lettering enthusiast and have questions that you feel still need answering (for the modern calligrapher there is a huge need for a resource like this) then you will want to add Modern Calligraphy to your lettering arsenal. At nearly 200 pages she has covered everything from getting started, utilizing different mediums (such as watercolor) to create stunning effects, to an extensive DIY section. Molly also divulges many of her resources (that alone should be well worth the price invested). My absolute most favorite part of her book are the specimen pages, she could have just published these and made a small fortune. As a novice to modern calligraphy I am always on the hunt for specimens to reference so I can build on them and hopefully one day create my own distinct style(s). Molly generously has created 14 pages of gorgeous specimens, multiple variations on each letter and in turn unlimited inspiration to try this yourself. I am thrilled that this book exists and it will be my go-to referral for anyone that contacts me and asks, ‘help!, where do I start?’ You start with Modern Calligraphy that’s where! The book is set to launch September 24th, which if you are like me seems like forever, I promise it will go by in a flash. I have already pre-ordered multiple copies as gifts and so should you! If you feel like lady luck may be on your side I am giving away one early copy, to one very lucky individual. I have been hemming and hawing, chewing my thumb trying to figure out both a good question for you to answer to enter and how to help Miss Molly out; I want her book to get tons of exposure (as it should). What an incredible accomplishment it is to have a book published and one that is so well done deserves to be lavished in kudos and collected by many. Technically, I can not ask you to Pin this, tweet it or anything of the like, but if you find a creative way to get the word out that Modern Calligraphy is coming, do feel free to come back and let us know what you did!
Without further ado, to enter to win please answer the following question in the comments below, I will choose my favorite answer this weekend and contact one individual (a.k.a. the winner) by Monday, August 26, 2013. Good luck!
Why do you need this book before launch date? Please let me know in detail why YOU should have it?
Bonus question: What is your favorite word to write out and why?
P.S. mark your calendars, Molly has agreed to an interview and it will be up this Thursday!
Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to sunny Seattle with her handsome husband and two pups, they are expecting a baby girl in December. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.