By Hand: The Art of Modern Lettering

By Hand: The Art of Modern Lettering

by Nicole Miyuki Santo


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Learn the beauty and joy of modern lettering with By Hand, a thoughtful collection of projects and lessons to bring unique, handmade designs into your life, home, and gatherings.

In a world of screens and social media, people are constantly searching for ways to reconnect to the handmade and the authentic-to add a personal spark and a beautiful look to everyday objects and occasions. The art of modern lettering is a point of connection, a way of crafting letters and words into something that delights the eyes and feeds the soul. With unique projects, a gorgeous exposed spine and lay-flat binding, and an Instagram-worthy aesthetic, By Hand provides an inspirational jumping-off point for readers who want to incorporate lettering into a slower, more intentional lifestyle.

Blending the aspirational and the instructional, By Hand brings the beauty of lettering beyond the page, through 30 distinct projects, from watercolor placecards to cozy pillows. Relatable lessons introduce readers to the essentials of lettering, including tools (brush pens, brushes, and paint pens), essential lessons, and developing a personal style, with the warm and welcoming approach of popular Instagram letterer Nicole Miyuki Santo. Encouraging lessons sprinkled throughout the book add a touch of mindfulness, while bright, airy photography and step-by-step lettered samples make this lovely volume a stunning approach to an on-trend pastime.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762463411
Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date: 04/24/2018
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 327,555
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Nicole Miyuki Santo is a freelance artist, graphic designer, and teacher. Since 2015, she has taught in-person hand-lettering workshops, empowering her students, from children to adults, to tap into their creativity and develop their own unique voices. She resides in Los Angeles, California. Visit her online at or on Instagram @nicolemiyuki.

Table of Contents


The Movement Of Lettering 6

What is Modern Lettering 7

My Letter to You 8

How to Use This Book 10

Tools Of The Trade 12

Setting Yourself Up 16

You Have Your Own Mark 20

Section 1 Tool: Brush Pens 22

Be Present 68

Shifting Perspective 96

Section 2 Tool: Brushes 98

Beauty in Imperfection 124

Be a Problem Solver 158

Be Kind to Yourself 182

Section 3 Tool: Pens 184

Why Not? 222

Share Your Light 244

Additional Styles 253

Bonus Project 258

Conclusion 260

Resources 262

Acknowledgments 264

Index 265

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By Hand: The Art of Modern Lettering 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has so many techniques and projects! My favorite is watercolor brush lettering. There's also brush pens, which are a great intro to brush lettering if you're not ready for watercolors. There's a whole section on using pens if you're not ready to buy additional tools. This is definitely a book you will use throughout your calligraphy journey - from beginning to advanced.
Richelle Razon More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. With each flip of the page Nicole feels like she is with you in the room guiding you through each step. I am a newbie to brush lettering and this book has helped me so much. I highly recommend this book to all.