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Lettering with Purpose: Creative techniques and prompts for making meaningful, inspirational hand-lettered art Paperback – September 1, 2017
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Technique: Plaid Letters
Plaid letters are so easy to create and will make you look like a pro. Begin by sketching the letters with a Dual Brush Pen. Then, using a light box, place a piece of mixed media paper on top and trace the letters with a monoline pen in a coordinating color for your plaid design. Mine is red and black, so I traced the letters in black.
Next color in all the letters. Then grab a ruler and add vertical and horizontal lines throughout the letters with coordinating colors. Be sure to vary the line spacing and thickness to avoid creating a checkerboard effect instead of plaid.
I recommend that you always choose at least one color for the lines that is slightly lighter than you think it should be—this creates a nice transparent look when it intersects with the darker lines.
Dynamic Prompts to Inspire Your Lettering
If you need a boost as you move forward in your lettering journey, or find yourself in a creative rut, use these prompts to spur your imagination and get your pen moving. Find 97 more in The Art of Brush Lettering.
1) When trying new things, it’s easy to get discouraged at first if you don’t see immediate results. Take a step back from your work and, instead of focusing on the flaws, focus on how beautiful your handmade work is! Letter a word or phrase about beauty.
2) Colors are often used to evoke emotion. Letter your favorite color or a quote or phrase about your favorite color. Bonus points if you letter it in the corresponding color.
3) Choose your favorite book and re imagine the cover artwork hand lettered by you.
About the Author
Brittany Luiz is a hand-lettering artist and Social Media & Content Manager for Tombow USA. She is a wife and mother, and aims to infuse positivity into the world through her lettering. Learn more at www.brittanyluiz.com.
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When the book arrived from the publisher I literally devoured it in a day. Lettering With Purpose was so easy to read and understand that I got the hang of it mentally with almost no struggle. Brittany had me encouraged and raring to try right away. I've been interested in lettering much of my life but being a leftie, I've had little to no luck with calligraphy pens and their ilk. Enter Brittany and Tombow brush pens. YAY, I can actually DO this!
Before reading Brittany's book I hoped I could find a way to add "oomph" to some of my artwork with lettering. I have had a series planned in my head for six months but it required me to learn a new skill. I was truly shocked to find, with Brittany's tutelage, I could actually DO this thing that I couldn't for the life of me do it before. Let me be clear, I'm a total novice, I knew none of the rules of good lettering but I sure was an admirer of lovely fonts. I was anxious to learn and Ms. Luiz made it incredibly simple to understand.
She has sections on the basic rules of lettering, the tools of the trade, lettering styles, how to digitize your work, alphabet ideas, embellishments & flourishes and a bunch of prompts and art projects to keep a beginner going for months. Brittany covers it all and there's even space in the book to actually practice your lettering. I found the section on "what to make" really helpful, she suggests practicing on your grocery list everyday. Great idea!
What I found, as a leftie, is that I had to learn a little differently than what I was seeing on the practice sheets. For instance, my "j" and "i" start at the opposite 45 degree slant since I use the other hand to letter. I also have to "push" the pen agains some of the ups or down strokes instead of pulling. This means a little more learning is needed but within an hour I found my way. I just had to let myself learn slightly differently to compensate for doing it all with my left hand.
I know of two other reviews of "Lettering With Purpose" and both bloggers are much better at lettering than I am. As a beginner I have one perspective, but I thought you might want to read more learned opinions on this great book. Katie at Punky Projects did a comprehensive review as did Jessica at Brown Paper Bunny. Also, if you are interested in lettering, Brittany Luiz has a Facebook Group you can join and learn from, it's called The Lettering Lovelies.
If you'd like some extra lettering practice sheets, go to Tombow's site and click the download button! You can also troll the internet and Pinterest for many free printables all about lettering, alphabets, word sayings etc.
Brittany is not only an author and lettering expert but also the social media & content manager of Tombow. I purchased a ten piece set of Tombow Dual Brush Pen Art Markers, Bright, 10-Pack but they come in many sets, go here to see them all! She also recommends the Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen 2 Pens Set in both hard and soft tip. That's what I used to write out the "spring" set. I found the Fudenosuke pen incredibly useful and easy to use as was the dual brush pens. In fact, I can't imagine learning without them. Starting with a dip pen would seem foolhardy, especially as a leftie.
I plan to practice, practice and practice some more, until I have the basic lettering technique down pat. Then I can move onto creating my own personal font. I can't wait! Until then, I did one of Brittany's exercises. I traced around letters I had penned after finding a font I wanted to copy. Then I colored it in and added shadows on the back side of each letter. This will be my new header when my new Wordpress website goes live. Thank you Brittany for inspiring a new love of lettering. This is definitely a five star learning book for artists and lettering enthusiasts.