Creative Lettering: Techniques & Tips from Top Artists

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Hand-lettering techniques are a popular and visually dynamic way to add textual elements to crafts, from journals to mixed-media art. Sixteen accomplished contributors—including calligraphers, painters, collagists, card makers, fiber artists, and graphic designers—give their personal perspectives on lettering. They all offer their favorite tools, how they use them, their signature technique with step-by-step instructions and photos, and an alphabet sampler of their own font. ...
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Overview

Hand-lettering techniques are a popular and visually dynamic way to add textual elements to crafts, from journals to mixed-media art. Sixteen accomplished contributors—including calligraphers, painters, collagists, card makers, fiber artists, and graphic designers—give their personal perspectives on lettering. They all offer their favorite tools, how they use them, their signature technique with step-by-step instructions and photos, and an alphabet sampler of their own font. Gorgeous gallery images of each contributor's work are also included.
 
Contributors include:
Andy Ainger   •   Francois Begnez   •   Flora Chang   •   Barbara Close   •   Philippe Debongnie   •  Karyn Denten   •   Aimee Dolich   •   Lisa Engelbrecht   •   Pam Garrison  •   Stine Kaasa   •   Rhianna Lederman   •   Martha Lever   •   Linda Schneider   •   Jessica Swift   •   Madeline Tomkins   •   Lori Vilegen   •  
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“Hand lettering is everywhere and growing more and more in popularity. And Creative Lettering by Jenny Doh, a new release from Lark Crafts, is a great start if you are looking for lettering inspiration. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced illustrator who hasn't delved into lettering, you'll find this book full of good information and lots of visual stimulation.” —Crafty Modern
 
“This book is a wonderful tool for crafters that also depend upon narrative to bring their works to life. Collagists, journalers, and mixed media artists will especially benefit from the knowledge that this book has to offer. Whether you are searching for a new way to add narrative to your craft work, or you are just starting out with hand lettering, Creative Lettering is a wonderful tool to use.” —All Free Holiday Crafts
 
“Artistically creative yet full of solid technique.” —Craft Gossip
 
Library Journal
This unusual guide focuses on hand lettering as a means of visual expression. Distinct from machine- and computer-generated typography, hand lettering has a broad range of creative applications. The book opens with a short technical lesson on lettering, which includes explanations of such terms as ascenders, descenders, and mean lines. The guide then goes on to showcase the unique lettering styles of 16 different artists, each one discussing his or her process and providing a complete alphabet sampler. Readers can use these samples as inspiration to experiment with the exercises provided throughout. VERDICT Artists of all skill levels can enjoy this title.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781454704003
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts
  • Publication date: 3/5/2013
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 172,426
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jenny Doh is the former Editor-in-Chief of Somerset Studio magazine and the President and Founder of crescendoh.com. Jenny serves regularly as keynote speaker across the nation to deliver messages related to creative passion, authentic leadership, effective communication, and focused compassion. For her leadership in publishing and the art and crafting community, Jenny was recognized by Folio magazine as one of the top 40 leaders within the publishing industry. Jenny is the author of several books, including Hand in Hand and We Make Dolls (both Lark). She lives in Santa Ana, CA.
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  • Posted February 26, 2014

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    Offers Lots of Creative Stimulation It's been said that imitatio

    Offers Lots of Creative Stimulation
    It's been said that imitation is the highest form of flattery, it is also a great way to find inspiration. That's why Jenny Doh's new book is so great. For anyone interested in creative lettering, Ms. Doh's new book offers a lot of different and fun styles to learn from, riff off, and yes even imitate (or at least incorporate into your own style after imitating theirs). I didn't love every one of the artists featured in the book, but I loved or admired enough of them to make this book very worthwhile. Some of my favorites: Jessica Swift, Rhianna Wurman, and Madeline Tompins.

    Whether you're a new or seasoned illustrator who hasn't done much lettering, you'll helpful information and plenty of examples to stimulate your visual thinking. The first part of the book discusses the language of typography (such as, cap line and baseline). It also takes you through materials and supplies lists for doing the type of lettering projects in the book.

    I recently received a copy of Sacred Calligraphy of the East for review and would also highly recommend that to anyone interested in Creative Lettering.

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  • Posted February 18, 2013

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    This book was just placed in my hands and I am really pleased wi

    This book was just placed in my hands and I am really pleased with this well done book! I'm kind of a calligraphy junkie, although truth be told, I have not put in enough time to call myself good at making letters beautiful myself, but I love the 'trying'!

    "Creative Lettering" takes you through the basics of course; paper, pens, inks, paints & types of letters, but it goes far beyond the basics with sections written and designed (with accompanying projects and exercises) by some of the biggest names in lettering and calligraphy design today. Featured calligraphers include Andy Ainger, Francois Begnez, Flora Chang, Barbara Close ,Philippe Debongnie, Karyn Denten ,Aimee Dolich, Lisa Engelbrecht , Pam Garrison ,Stine Kaasa, Rhianna Lederman, Martha Lever, Linda Schneider, Jessica Swift ,Madeline Tomkins & Lori Vilegen.

    I know that this book will become one of my "go to" books for calligraphic inspiration! It will live on the small bookcase that sits right on my design table, ready to pull out for a creative boost anytime that I feel the need!

    If you are a lettering addled fan or an artist that just needs some added motivation -grab this book now ! It's a bargain!

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