Brush Pen Lettering: A Step-by-Step Workbook for Learning Decorative Scripts and Creating Inspired Styles

Brush Pen Lettering: A Step-by-Step Workbook for Learning Decorative Scripts and Creating Inspired Styles

by Grace Song


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The first book dedicated entirely to the use and mastery of modern brush pens

Brush pen lettering is a beautiful, modern style of calligraphy that has begun appearing on everything from inspirational posters to personal stationery. Using a combination of strokes, curves, and flourishes, brush lettering can transform ordinary cards, invitations, and products into inspired works of art. This easy-to-follow guide includes instructions and techniques for a wide range of lettering. It offers you the quickest and easiest way to create a unique script that can become your signature style. Featuring hundreds of step-by-step photos and practice pages, Brush Pen Lettering works equally well whether you are a longtime enthusiasts or beginners. After working through the exercises in the book, you will gain a mastery of basic techniques and see how to develop a personal style for use on stationery, art work, home goods, and more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612436838
Publisher: Ulysses Press
Publication date: 06/30/2017
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 772,219
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Grace Song is a hand-letterer and brush calligraphy artist based in Toronto, Canada. As a young girl she was always drawn to beautiful script and experimented with her very own calligraphy kit. Flash forward many years later, her passion for all things hand-lettered had been reignited. Beginning with one letter a day, Grace now creates dynamic, hand-lettered pieces with a variety of tools including brush pens and paintbrushes. As an elementary school teacher by day, Grace combines her love of teaching with her passion for hand-lettering with this very book to model for her students and others that it is never too late to learn something new or make time for what makes you happy.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Getting Started 3

Beginner Tools and Supplies 3

Brush Pen Anatomy and Ergonomics 7

Chapter 2 Let's Get Technical 11

Applying Pressure 11

Guidelines 12

The Basic Strokes 13

The Odd Ones Out 19

Guidelines for Practicing 21

Drills and Making Connections 22

Troubleshooting 32

Drills for Developing Control 37

Chapter 3 Getting to Know Your ABCs 39

Letterforms 39

Further Practice-Letter Combinations 41

Moving onto Words 43

Chapter 4 Practice Makes Progress 46

Find Quality Practice Time 46

Have a Designated Workspace and Set the Mood 47

Slow Down 47

Evaluate Along the Way 48

Choose One Focus for the Day 48

Practice with Guidelines 48

Use Pencil to Build Muscle Memory 49

Explore a New Brush Pen 49

Strive for Progress, Not Perfection 49

Trust in the Process 50

Chapter 5 Embellishing Your Lettering 51

Adding Depth 51

Stippling 54

Outlining 55

Doodles 55

Layering 56

Ombré Effect 56

Blending 59

Combining Ways to Embellish Your Lettering 61

Developing Your Own Style 62

Creating Dynamic Layouts 77

Chapter 6 DIY Projects-Putting It All Together 87

Gift Tags 87

Layered Gift Tags 90

Wrapping Paper 91

Place Cards 93

Watercolor Splash Greeting Cards 96

Fancy Snail Mail 98

Chapter 7 Faux Calligraphy 101

Making Faux Calligraphy 101

Chalkboard Faux Calligraphy 103

Glass Faux Calligraphy 104

Embossed Faux Calligraphy 105

Chapter 8 Beyond Lettering 106

Get Involved in the Community 106

Avoid the Comparison Trap 107

Guide Sheets 108

Acknowledgements 123

About the Author 124

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Brush Pen Lettering: A Step-by-Step Workbook for Learning Decorative Scripts and Creating Inspired Styles 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
NatoshaM More than 1 year ago
The book, Brush Pen Lettering by Grace Song really does help those who don't know how to write in script. This book helps you be creative with the decorative designs and learn script style writing. This is just my opinion, but I always felt to be a pretty way to sign letters, write notes, and place on a scrapbook page. It's flowing lines, just look so upper class and elegant! That is what really drawn me into reading this book! The step by step help is wonderful! There are plenty of helpful information and exercises in this workbook that allows you to practice. Of course, I won't write in the book, but will definitely use a separate sheet to practice with. Therefore, I'll always be able to follow along over and over, even if I wanted to copy each page it can be used over and over. The lessons are also very easy to follow so I can say anyone just beginning would really enjoy this book! Finally, I am a huge fan of cursive and script writing, it's memorable and so elegant! I love the guidance in this book, each letter and helpful style can be found inside. It's terrific as a book and a guide for anyone I think! Perfect for my card making and scrapbooking. "Received a free copy for review"