Hand lettering is the art of drawing letters…This workbook will provide you with the foundation needed to support you on your lettering journey.
In a world where everything is go, go, go, Amanda Kammarada found herself leaving behind her artistic hobbies in an attempt to keep up with her life and her kids.
But, she missed it.
Lettering has a way of spreading kindness and joy.
And after the initial days of motherhood, she began to pick up hand-lettering and quickly found it the hobby she was looking for.
But, even something so soothing as beautiful handwriting was intimidating at first.
Choosing the right tools can feel overwhelming. Different styles require different tools
And so, she’s created this little guide to help us on your adventures too.
It begins with explaining the three main types of lettering:
Typography – like typing computer fonts
Calligraphy – beautiful writing, focusing on balance and proportion
Hand Lettering – letters drawn by hand, the person drawing it decides the style and look
Then the book goes into the types of tools to use (pens, brushes, etc), followed by sections on each type of lettering – including various tips, tricks and worksheets designed to help you learn.
Overall, I quite liked this little guide.
I was rather intrigued by the written portion (i.e. explaining the history of typography and calligraphy), and wished there was more information about that!
The letters are explained rather well and seem very do-able to me.
It felt weird to write something so large after so many years of cramming in notes in vastly over-stuffed college notebooks but after a bit, I was able to get used to it.
At first I really didn’t want to practice – I hate writing in a book – but then I realized that I could scan the practice pages with my iPad and use the various brush tools to learn the skill.
It might not be quite the same as holding a real brush, but it was a lot of fun to figure out and start writing!
All in all, this is a handy-dandy little book and I’m happy to have a new quarantine hobby!
A huge thank you to Amanda Kammarada, Callisto Publisher’s Club and Rockridge press for sending me a free copy in exchange for an honest review