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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.
Using a Guard Sheet
Always place a piece of scrap paper under your hand—even when you’re just practicing! The natural oils in your hand can affect ink flow and cause smudging and smearing. Try using a playing card or similar slippery-coated paper to help your hand glide as you work.
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 bestselling 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 has always been passionate about the fabulous world of the arts. She earned a BA in Fine Art and has had the privilege of studing calligraphy with many fine teachers. Her work has been commissioned by greeting card and book publishers, fashion designers, and musicians and has been featured in many magazines and blogs. Laura lives on Vancouver Island in Canada, where she paints, sews, gardens, dances and sings, and spends time with her family. To learn more about Laura, 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 with her family of three. When not in the studio, she can be found swinging at the playground with her son, strolling through the neighborhood fabric shop, or in the kitchen combining efforts with her husband on a new pizza recipe. To learn more about Julie and her work, visit www.flourishandwhim.com.
Shauna Lynn Panczyszyn is a hand-lettering artist and 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 freelance illustrator, Shauna has an unhealthy 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. Shauna works out of her home studio with her puppy, Teddy. 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!