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Russian Folk Art and Fonts Collection

In the early 20th century, before the outbreak of the Russian Revolution, the Art Nouveau movement crept into the failing empire by way of Alphons Mucha and the Slavic Folk Art movement in Czechoslovakia. Russian artists picked up on the ideas of these movements and began producing new styles of art for a growing commercial marketplace, combining elements of traditional Russian decorative arts, subjects from Russian folklore, and ideas from the west.

The leading star of the Russian Folk Art movement was Ivan Bilibin, whose illustrations of Russian folk stories and fiction by contemporary authors like Pushkin were remarkable for their integration of traditional and modern styles. Other artists were also attracted to the movement, including many who went on to achieve fame in more respectable artistic circles, such as Leon Bakst. Many of these artists did advertising art as well as illustration, and a lot of their work was featured in the magazine World of Art, which was the showplace of the movement. Like other folk artists of the period, the work of Bilibin and his contemporaries extended beyond the limits of simple illustration, including graphic design and fascinating hand lettering styles.

rfaThe Scriptorium’s Russian Folk Art Collection includes a selection of illustrations and decorations by Ivan Bilibin and other artists, including decorative borders, emblems, headers and large-size illustrations of Russian folklore. It also features three special fonts based on the lettering of Russian artists, including Ivan Bilibin and Mikhail Vrubel, as well as a recently added set of 10 Russian language fonts. The whole collection is only $49. To order your own Russian Folk Art collection remember the stock number (AT107) and give us a call at 1-512-656-8011 or use our ONLINE ORDERING

If you want to try out one of our Russian Folk Art fonts, just download the demo version of Bilibin using the link below. The full version is in the Russian Folk Art collection.

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Featured Font: Sanhedrin



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Sanhedrin is a decorative futuristic font, which features two distinct sets of different characters and a number of additional special characters.  It draws some characters from the Greek alphabet and also has some unusual art nouveau character forms and a strange biblical name just for fun.

The demo version of Sanhedrin with a limited character set can be downloaded for free. If you like it, you can download the full version from our ONLINE STORE for just $24.

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Help Pick Our Next Font

We’ve got five designs were considering for out next font. They all fairly similar so we need some help choosing. Which one would you like to see next?

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New Font: Lyceum

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Lyceum has the stylized shape and look of a font designed for the program at a lecture hall, hence the name. It is super bold but remains highly readable at fairly small sized, though the contrasts are dramatic. It features only an uppercase characters set because the style of the font didn’t translate well in lowercase, but it does have customized numbers and punctuation.

The demo version of Lyceum with a limited character set can be downloaded for free. If you like it, you can download the full version from our ONLINE STORE for just $24.


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Buccaneer Sails on Strange Tides

2lampsarrrbarrrOur buccaneer font is peculiarly popular for pirate themed designs, which explains why it is prominently featured on the absurdly named “ARRR BARRR” pirate inspired nutty chocolate bar with a “Scandalous Activity Kit” inside. I admired the packaging in the store but not enough to sample one of the curious confections.

It’s rather less apparent why it is featured on the packaging for a series of lamps sold at WalMart on hunting and fishing themes, including the decorative “Antler Table Lamp” and attractive “Bass Lamp” sure to adorn tables in fine trailers everywhere soon.

Nonetheless, Buccaneer is a fine font featured in our Colonial Fonts collection, as a solo font and even in Russian.

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Gothic Fonts Collection

Our gothic font collection is a compilation of our most interesting fonts based on gothic type and late medieval calligraphy. It covers the range from the historical styles in which gothic printing had its inspiration to the ornate heights of complex gothic fonts from 19th century Germany. This includes fonts in the style sometimes called ‘Old English’, as well as what calligraphers sometimes call ‘Black Letter’. If you like your fonts dark, angular and complex, this is your dream collection.

The collection has recently been updated to a third new edition, with more new fonts, bringing the total to 20 gothic lettering fonts and four gothic initials fonts. Recently added fonts include Serenissima, Gelderland, Montressor, Alcuin, Monumental, Goldwork, Waldeck, Yngling and Roncesvalles. The selection is all gothic, but quite varied. Fonts like Theodoric and Cadeaulx are an excellent combination of style and readability, while others like Ghost Gothic, Rheingold and Tyrfing offer more decorative ornamentation.

The complete Gothic collection is $99, but for a limited time if you use the coupon code NOSTROMO on checkout you can get $15 off the price for a total of just $84. It comes with both TrueType and Postscript fonts for either the MacOS or Windows. You can order it online. Just CLICK HERE to order it online and get it delivered by email or on CD.  Or if you have an earlier release, please contact us about a discounted update of the package.

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Arts & Crafts Collection

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The new second edition of our Arts & Crafts font collection features 15 fonts based on designs from the Arts & Crafts movements of the late Victorian period. They are derived from designs from several branches of the movement, and demonstrate the unique aestheitc vision of great designers like William Morris, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Elbert Hubbard. The Arts & Crafts movement was enormously influential on the works of designers, artists and architects of the 20th century, and inspired the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements.The package includes early Arts & Crafts fonts like William Morris’ Kelmscott and True Golden, fonts from the Glasgow branch of the movement like Chelsea Studio, based on Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s lettering, fonts from the Roycrofters of New York like Semiramis and Ganelon, and even fonts from the California Arts & Crafts period of the early 1900s like Coloma. The newest additions to the package include Palmyra, Hyacinth Initials, Spoonbill and Advertising Gothic. They are shown in red on the left.

Also included in this new edition of the package are a selection of floral frames, borders and decorations developed from Roycroft publications from the early 1900s. All the fonts are historically accurate and they are not available from any other source. The package is available for Windows or the MacOS, and includes both TrueType and Postscript fonts. The price is only $69 for all the fonts and the borders and decorations. You can order the Arts & Crafts font and art package directly for delivery on CD by phone from 1-512-656-8011, or you can purchase the package online – just – CLICK HERE TO ORDER with an immediate download.

If you want to try out a font from this collection, try out the Palmyra demo. Palmyra is reminiscent of the lettering style found in many books and pamphlets from the Roycrofters – the arts and crafts design community founded by Elbert Hubbard. It has a constructed look with rounded ends on the letters characteristic of pen-lettering. It has multiple versions of many of the letters to allow variations in your designs. Click here to download the demo of Palmyra for either WINDOWS or MacOS. You can purchase the full font ONLINE.


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Russian Constructivist Fonts

Our newest release is our collection of Constructivist Fonts based on poster lettering from the early post-revolutionary period in Russia, including designs based on the styles of famous designers of the period like Alexander Rodchenko, Mikhail Vrubel and Sergei Eisenstein.  These are typical of the movement which led to Soviet Realism and which influenced design around the world in the 1920s and 1930s.  

We may disagree with the political ideology of the era, but the lasting influence of these visionary artists can’t be ignored.While we would never support or endorse an inhumane political system like Communism, especially given our principle’s experience living in Russia during the soviet era, there is an undeniable power to the design ideas which came out of the early days of communism and we hope that people will take those strong ideas and put them to better uses and thereby redeem the work of artists like Rodchenko and Eisenstein.

The package includes six original fonts you won’t find anywhere else – Eisenstein, Rodchenko, Vrubel, Krasny Mir, Death Ray and Structura.  They all include full English-language character sets.  Complete Cyrillic versions of the fonts will be made available in a later release.  All together this font set will give you everything you need to recreate the Constructivist style in poster lettering.

The collection is priced at $49 and you can order in our ONLINE STORE.


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Columbia’s Courtship by Walter Crane

columbia-fpAs part of Great Britain’s participation in the 1906 World’s Fair in Chicago, legendary Arts and Crafts artist Walter Crane was comissioned to produce a special commemorative book in a limited edition. The result was Columbia’s Courtship, an epic poem about American history, written and hand lettered by Walter Crane with each verse part of a full-page of illustration and decoration. It is one of Crane’s most unusual and striking works and with Independence Day coming up it’s a rather timely release.

Columbia’s Courtship is one of Walter Crane’s rarest and hardest to find works. It has never been reissued in print or digital format and because of the limited size of the original printing, copies of that edition are extremely difficult to track down. As far as we know, the eBook version we recently released through Amazon is the only reprint in existence.

That eBook is also included as part of a new mini-package available here for just $18. It includes high resolutions versions of all the illustrated pages, including the frontispiece, plus both a PDF version of the book and the eBook. The images are licensed for reprint with limited rights. The package can be ordered in our ONLINE STORE.

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Featured Font: Roughwork



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Roghwork is a unique font which combines a decoarative upper case character set with a simple set of lowercase characters. Designed primarily for use in titles and posters, the uppercase characters are based on samples of hand-drawn master designs for a set of roman-style capitals, with the guide and measurement lines included, showing how the curves and lines of the font are created. It’s an eye-catching design with the look of a work in progress.  It’s great for projects where you want to emphasize the technical aspects of fonts as art.  It’s also reminiscent of the famous da Vinci diagram of the posture of the human body.

The source letterforms are derived from our True Golden font which is based on a design by Arts and Crafts master William Morris.  The full version of the font includes special alternate upper case characters and an expanded European language character set.

The demo version of Roughwork with a limited character set can be downloaded for free. If you like it, you can download the full version  from our ONLINE STORE for just $24.

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