Kestrel Montes, professional calligrapher and owner of inkmethis, shares all the tips she wishes she had known when starting! Modern Calligraphy is the perfect book for those who want to dive into the world of gorgeous modern calligraphy lettering. Learn about the tools, techniques, and tricks of pointed dip pen calligraphy then dive into a step-by-step intensive guide to practicing a beautiful modern calligraphy script. A gorgeous book packed with color images, helpful information, and tons and tons of practice pages!
While the book is designed with the beginner in mind, even advanced calligraphy students will find tips, tricks and techniques that improve their writing. Modern Calligraphy guides the reader through best practicing habits, how to use pointed pen tools, best supplies, ink mixing, a detailed approach to the calligraphic strokes that are used to create letterforms, and most importantly provides intensive practice opportunities for developing skill and building muscle memory. Additionally, you'll learn about best inks, papers, and desk set-up for a maximum writing experience. You will be well on the way to creating your own drool-worthy lettering for greeting cards, wedding invitations, or social medial posting.
From amazing little tips and tricks to the methodical guided practice, Kestrel shares extensive knowledge to help her readers avoid common pitfalls and learn to intentionally study the script. It is one of the most honest and down to earth instructional calligraphy books I have read! -- Marisa Jackson, Calligrapher @marisamade
I love Kestrel's approach in her guidance through this workbook. She doesn't skimp on the fundamentals that are so important for a successful start to learning modern calligraphy. She's well-versed in her craft and it shows. -- Peggy Dean, Author & Art Educator @thepigeonletters
Kestrel's book is essential for anyone interested in learning or refining their calligraphy skills. She has included an abundance of information that goes in depth from the basics to creating gorgeous and elegant phrases. She incorporates many helpful tips that are often overlooked in other learning material. This beautifully designed workbook is everything you ever needed. -- Chrystal Elizabeth, Letterer & Author @chrystalizabeth
Kestrel breaks down each lesson and makes calligraphy approachable and attainable by all. It's perfect for all proficiency levels from experienced calligraphers to those who have never picked up a pen. It takes you back to traditional basics and encourages you to master the details which improve your craft. -- Joanna Krupnick, Calligrapher @ordershewrotenyc
When Kestrel calls this an "Intensive Practice Workbook", she means it! Whatever questions you might have, are answered with her thorough attention to detail. From nib preparation to letter connections to custom ink mixing, you'll walk away with a strong foundation to begin or improve your pointed pen calligraphy. -- Carol Cho, Lettering Artist @carolicitydesigns
Beautifully written from beginning to end with details, tips, guidance, and illustrated examples. Kestrel does an amazing job covering difficult topics and questions to make it less intimidating to start using dip pen. -- Shelly Kim, Lettering Artist @lettersbyshells
Kestrel Montes is a professional calligrapher and owner of inkmethis living in the Northern California wine country of Sonoma County. Kestrel offers calligraphy services, custom stamps and luxury supplies for calligraphers. Specializing in event calligraphy and digital font creation, With a career background in education, Kestrel now teaches calligraphy and mentors aspiring professional calligraphers in their business ventures. Kestrel enjoys sharing her creative process and insights through her Instagram page @inkmethis.