In this increasingly fast-paced world where thoughts are communicated in abbreviated text and then transmitted and received in nano seconds, I’m heartened to see a renewed interest in hand lettering. Putting pen to paper is a good way to slow down and really consider what message you want to impart—whether to others or just yourself. Hand lettering nourishes both the creative and intellectual parts of our beings and the beauty of it is that anyone can do it. Whether you scribble, print, or write in flowing script, you’re already hand lettering—it’s simple to take it a step further. Creative Lettering:Techniques & Tips from Top Artists, a just-released title, encourages readers to explore the possibilities…
by adding color,
and textures to your letters.
You don’t need a lot of fancy tools or materials, hand lettering can be as simple as black marker on white paper, or white ink on black paper.
These and other hand-lettering techniques can be used to add textual elements to crafts, from journals to mixed-media art. In Creative Lettering, 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. To further fuel the imagination, gallery images of each contributor’s work are also included.