- Series: Creative...and Beyond
- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Walter Foster Publishing (November 3, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1600583970
- ISBN-13: 978-1600583971
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.6 x 11.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 610 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Creative Lettering and Beyond: Inspiring tips, techniques, and ideas for hand lettering your way to beautiful works of art (Creative...and Beyond) Paperback – November 3, 2014
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Calligraphy with a pointed pen is all about pressure and angles. The pressure of the calligrapher’s hand on the pen nib is what produces the desirable thick-and-thin lines of the letters. The angle at which the pen is held creates an elegant slant and gives shape to the letters.
Glide the pen nib gently in the direction of the split in the tines to reduce ink splatters across the page!
- Tip: Pay attention to how much pressure you apply to the pen, as well as how tightly you grip it. Your hand shouldn’t hurt after a practice session of calligraphy. Hold the pen lightly, and apply gentle pressure.
Handling the Pen
The movement of the pen nib must always align with the slant of the letter being drawn. Creating beautiful, thick-and-thin sections of letterforms is all about the amount of pressure you place on the nib. Since pointed pen nibs are flexible, applying more pressure causes the tines in the nib to spread, creating a thicker line. Therefore, apply less pressure for a thin line.
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About the Author
Artist, author, and illustrator Gabri Joy Kirkendall specializes in hand lettering, watercolor, and pen and ink. She is a co-author of Creative Painting & Beyond, The Joy of Lettering, and the best-selling title Creative Lettering and Beyond, which has been featured by Pioneer Woman, Creative Market, Brit + Co, Oh My! Handmade, Life Your Way, Letter Shoppe, and The Letter Belle, among others. Gabri is the artist and owner of Gabri Joy Studios, a successful online business based in the Pacific Northwest that specializes in fine art prints, invitations, branding, wedding stationery, and custom lettering.
Laura Lavender, co-author of the best-selling Creative Lettering and Beyond: Inspiring tips, techniques, and ideas for hand lettering your way to beautiful work of art, holds a BA in fine art and has had the privilege of studying calligraphy with many fine teachers. Clients and publications that have featured her work include The New York Times, NBCUniversal, Vogue, Nordstrom, American Greetings, Bravo, Fox Searchlight Pictures, The Pioneer Woman, and Style Me Pretty. Laura lives on Vancouver Island in Canada. To learn more, visit www.lauralavender.com.
Julie Manwaring has long loved the whimsical, rhythmic beauty found in the repeating letterforms and flourishes of calligraphy. Her custom hand-lettering and illustration studio, Flourish & Whim, grew out of this love for letters and passion for art. Julie's styles are a unique blend of classic and modern—the perfectly imperfect ups and downs, swirls, and undulations create a graceful dance of words. Hailing from the Northeast, Julie currently lives in San Francisco. To learn more about Julie and her work, visit www.flourishandwhim.com.
Shauna Lynn Panczyszyn is a hand-lettering artist and an illustrator located in Orlando, Florida. After graduating from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Arts, she interned at a local advertising agency, where her love of hand lettering and illustration was fostered and encouraged. Now a full-time illustrator, Shauna has an obsession with typography and is quick to point out awesome lettering and packaging examples to her friends and family, who thankfully put up with her quirkiness. She loves to create side projects based around lettering, such as her Three Word Stories project and positive quotes. Learn more about Shauna by visiting www.shaunaparmesan.com.
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The book is large and gives some really great examples and helps you to see every detail of how to make the letters.
Bullet journal here I come!
I'm sad to say that it was not much help at all. While it did have a ton of pages to draw inspiration from, it didn't help much with actually learning.
The majority of the book was about calligraphy and chalk lettering. I was under the impression that it would go into detail regarding handlettering more than anything. That was my mistake.
This isn't, in anyway, a beginner friendly book. It offered some practice pages. Although, they were mainly blank pages that asked to replicate the sample shown. There were not many options either. So if the sample didn't include letters outside the quote or phrase, then you are left to figure it out on your own.
I'm disappointed that I didn't go through it sooner because I would've sent it back. I guess I can always use it as a reference guide once I find a good beginners book.
One last mention, almost 90% of the book required extensive tools. Like a calligraphy set, paints, wood burner, and chalk pens. I was only able to a set of pens for one example. Even brush lettering was explained with a canvas and paints in mind.
The description wasn't very clear at all.