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“Hand lettering is everywhere and growing more and more in popularity. And Creative Lettering by Jenny Doh, a new release from Lark Crafts, is a great start if you are looking for lettering inspiration. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced illustrator who hasn't delved into lettering, you'll find this book full of good information and lots of visual stimulation.” —Crafty Modern
 
“This book is a wonderful tool for crafters that also depend upon narrative to bring their works to life. Collagists, journalers, and mixed media artists will especially benefit from the knowledge that this book has to offer. Whether you are searching for a new way to add narrative to your craft work, or you are just starting out with hand lettering, Creative Lettering is a wonderful tool to use.” —All Free Holiday Crafts
 
“Artistically creative yet full of solid technique.” —Craft Gossip
 

About the Author

Jenny Doh is the former Editor-in-Chief of Somerset Studio magazine and the President and Founder of crescendoh.com. Jenny serves regularly as keynote speaker across the nation to deliver messages related to creative passion, authentic leadership, effective communication, and focused compassion. For her leadership in publishing and the art and crafting community, Jenny was recognized by Folio magazine as one of the top 40 leaders within the publishing industry. Jenny is the author of several books, including Hand in Hand and We Make Dolls (both Lark). She lives in Santa Ana, CA.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts (March 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1454704004
  • ISBN-13: 978-1454704003
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book has several samples of lettering by different artists. They even give you a step-by-step guide to try your hand at some of them. However I found the techniques not that "beginner" friendly. Step one sketch out your intended silhouette and lettering. (If I knew how to sketch out the lettering, I would not need a book on lettering.) Step three add soft shading using a paper stump. (paper stump?) Step five practice lettering on a piece of rough rag marker paper with a dip pen and black waterproof ink. (not really staples in my kid's craft kit). The book has beautiful samples by fantastic artists, no doubt. I was just hoping for something a little more simple to get my "not-a-natural-artist" tween a step further in her desire to make word art.
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This book was just placed in my hands and I am really pleased with this well done book! I'm kind of a calligraphy junkie, although truth be told, I have not put in enough time to call myself good at making letters beautiful myself, but I love the 'trying'!

"Creative Lettering" takes you through the basics of course; paper, pens, inks, paints & types of letters, but it goes far beyond the basics with sections written and designed (with accompanying projects and exercises) by some of the biggest names in lettering and calligraphy design today. Featured calligraphers include Andy Ainger, Francois Begnez, Flora Chang, Barbara Close ,Philippe Debongnie, Karyn Denten ,Aimee Dolich, Lisa Engelbrecht , Pam Garrison ,Stine Kaasa, Rhianna Lederman, Martha Lever, Linda Schneider, Jessica Swift ,Madeline Tomkins & Lori Vilegen.

I know that this book will become one of my "go to" books for calligraphic inspiration! It will live on the small bookcase that sits right on my design table, ready to pull out for a creative boost anytime that I feel the need!

If you are a lettering addled fan or an artist that just needs some added motivation -grab this book now ! It's a bargain!
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It's been said that imitation is the highest form of flattery, it is also a great way to find inspiration. That's why Jenny Doh's new book is so great. For anyone interested in creative lettering, Ms. Doh's new book offers a lot of different and fun styles to learn from, riff off, and yes even imitate (or at least incorporate into your own style after imitating theirs). I didn't love every one of the artists featured in the book, but I loved or admired enough of them to make this book very worthwhile. Some of my favorites: Jessica Swift, Rhianna Wurman, and Madeline Tompins.

Whether you're a new or seasoned illustrator who hasn't done much lettering, you'll helpful information and plenty of examples to stimulate your visual thinking. The first part of the book discusses the language of typography (such as, cap line and baseline). It also takes you through materials and supplies lists for doing the type of lettering projects in the book.

I recently received a copy of Sacred Calligraphy of the East for review and would also highly recommend that to anyone interested in Creative Lettering.
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This is a FABULOUS book. I have created several different art projects with it, including the letter art one (photo attached). As I was completing a large R, a neighbor child was playing in our house. She gasped and said, "That's beautiful!" Imagine her surprise a few days later when I made one for her...
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People tend to use the word "creative" all too frequently, but this is truly a creative book for creative people. I got it this morning and am very pleased with the variety of styles and approaches, and all the tips. I can see lots of good personalized projects ahead. I couldn't be more pleased. I think it would also be a good gift for an artistic teenager.
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This book has a lot of great ideas for personal projects, as well as inspiration for lesson plans in the art room. The step by step instructions and materials listed make it easy to branch off from the techniques, so that the artist/letter is not limited to the exact process shown.
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This is a great lettering book with really fun and creative examples from some of today's best contemporary lettering artists. As a professional calligrapher and lettering artist, I truly enjoyed this book and I think it has something to offer anyone who is interested in creative lettering, be it beginner, intermediate, or advanced.

The book is loaded with fantastic sharing of contemporary creative lettering using a wide range of techniques, tools, and mediums. I was really impressed with the variety and plethora of examples included. Every page turn brought another delightful example from modern artists seen around the blogosphere.

The only minor criticism I would offer is that the Featured Fonts and Styles/Hands section has a few inaccurate details. For example, various typefonts are used to introduce specific styles. I feel this is a mistake because it is very misleading. The fonts for the Versals and Spencerian Script do not represent a true example of each style, as calligraphers or lettering artists would see them. Also, it states the description for Roundhand, also known as Foundational, "is a style ...similar to Copperplate Script." This is not true - Foundational Roundhand is a broad edge style (not pointed pen) and would actually be closer to an Italic or even Roman style.

However, this is such a minor section, it will not detract from the deliciousness of all the wonderful lettering jam-packed in the book. Highly recommend!
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