The Gift of Calligraphy

A Modern Approach to Hand Lettering with 25 Projects to Give and to Keep

About the Book

An easy-to-follow guide to learning the art of calligraphy, with 25 gorgeously photographed projects that use calligraphy to make beautiful gifts and home décor.

Calligraphy and hand lettering have surged in popularity as people rediscover traditional handicrafts as a creative outlet and way to relax. Unlike other hand lettering books, The Gift of Calligraphy shows you how to use your calligraphy skills to create invitations, wall art, wrapping paper, a tote bag, even a calligraphy kit for kids. Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls, calligraphy teacher and author of Belle Calligraphy, brings her signature modern style to this traditional craft. The first quarter of the book provides a primer for creating a simple alphabet and how to find your own personal style of lettering, followed by wonderful projects that will delight your family, impress your friends, and beautify your home, all accompanied by clear step-by-step photography and inspiring shots of the finished pieces.
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Praise for The Gift of Calligraphy

“As a former student of Maybelle’s, I can attest to her unique and accessible approach to modern calligraphy: there is room for everyone. Whether you are brand new to calligraphy or you’ve already got some practice under your belt and want to take yourwork to the next level, The Gift of Calligraphy takes you from materials to technical tips, and from understanding traditional styles to experiments for developing your own unique look—all inan easy-to-follow, stunningly beautiful guide you’ll want to come back to again and again.”
—LISA CONGDON, fine artist, illustrator, and author of Broad Strokes and A Glorious Freedom

“Maybelle is a woman of passion, grace, and talent, but aboveall, she wants everyone to have access to beautiful hand lettering. She believes that when pen is on paper, it’s a meditative gift andthe antidote to these modern times. No mark is ever seen as ‘imperfect’, no stroke is ever overly corrected; it’s all about the flow and letting go.”
—MEGAN MORTON, stylist and author of Home Love and It’s Beautiful Here

“Maybelle has designed every project in this book with care and thoughtfulness, making them accessible and relevant to everyone—from the amateur to the expert calligrapher. In a modern world ofelectronic messages, Maybelle brings back a tactile craft that isperfect for giving to friends (or keeping for yourself). The Gift ofCalligraphy is a must-have for every crafter’s library.”
—JORDAN FERNEY, founder of Oh Happy Day!
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The Gift of Calligraphy


Whether you are just starting out with calligraphy or have some experience already, I hope you will find this book a source of inspiration and a guide to help create your own practice and style. The projects in this book range from easy to advanced, and I created them with the idea of making and giving something handcrafted. I hope you will find that the act of making a gift to give is also an invaluable gift to yourself. Take pride in the fact that you created the gift by hand—and let go of the idea of perfection. If you are patient with yourself and remember to have fun, you will discover the many ways that the gift of calligraphy can spread love and kindness in unexpected places.

About the Author

Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls
MAYBELLE IMASA-STUKULS is a highly sought after artist, designer, calligrapher, and author of Belle Calligraphy, a giftable calligraphy kit published by Chronicle Books in 2015. Maybelle teaches sold-out calligraphy workshops in the U.S. and worldwide and her work has been regularly featured in magazines such as Martha Stewart Weddings, Sunset, and Better Homes and Gardens, and on blogs such as Oh Happy Day, The Design Files, and Design*Sponge.

THUSS + FARRELL is the husband-and-wife team Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell, a photography and design duo who has worked together since 1991. In addition to still-life, portraiture, travel, and lifestyle photography, their work together encompasses a wide variety of creative disciplines, including creative direction, set design, furniture design, crafting, styling, product design, and graphic design. More by Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls
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