(Review) Simply Calligraphy: A Beginner's Guide To Elegant Lettering by Judy Detrick

Publication Date: April 19, 2016
Publisher:  Watson-Guptill 
Genre: Nonfiction, Calligraphy
Pages: 96
Source: Free copy from Blogging For Books in exchange for a review.
Rating: 4 stars for very good.

Art journaling and penmanship has become popular. On Pinterest, boards have been created in order to share and help those of us who are apart of this artistic community.
Back in high school I took Art I. In this class I learned calligraphy. I have loved this art ever since.
Simply Calligraphy: A Beginner's Guide is a basic study of the art, and a stepping stone to further study.
The focus is on italic, small lettering, punctuation, and capital letters.
The first section of the book is on the tools needed.
The last section in the book gives ideas for calligraphy uses.
Other types of lettering is introduced.

My Thoughts:
Simply Calligraphy has two strong elements:

  1. The book is easy to read and understand. The information is clear and concise. 
  2. Just the right amount of information is given to a student. The book is not a heavy calligraphy study, but beneficial to a beginner. 
I love the engagement Detrick has with the reading audience. She is positive and made me feel apart of a one-on-one lesson. 
Helpful hints are given, for example, "make sure you." The author knows from her experience in teaching the "things" beginning students will not know to do. 
I believe this is a worthy book for a beginning calligrapher student! 


JUDY DETRICK is a calligrapher and designer living on the Mendocino coast of Northern California. She taught calligraphy and graphic design at College of the Redwoods on the Mendocino coast for more than twenty-five years and developed the Graphic Arts Certificate Program there. Her work can be found in several anthologies of calligraphy and graphic design, and she is represented in the Richard Harrison Collection of Calligraphy and Lettering at the San Francisco Public Library. She served as editor of Alphabet, the Journal of the Friends of Calligraphy from 2007 to 2010. A parallel interest of hers is letterpress printing, and under the imprint of the Attic Press she has produced several limited edition books and a wide collection of ephemera. She teaches regularly at the San Francisco Center for the Book, for the Friends of Calligraphy, and at other venues throughout California.
Website of Judy Detrick