5.08.2014

good idea: a guide to hand lettering

chronicle books provided me with product to facilitate this review, but all opinions are 100% mine. 

it's no secret i'm obsessed with hand lettering, so when i got the chance to check out a new how-to book all about this subject i was all over it. the hand lettering ledger is written by mary kate mcdevitt, a brooklyn-based professional letterer and illustrator who's done work for the likes of sesame street, fast company, nintendo the united states postal service and lots more (check out her website for serious overload of gorgeous projects). 


mary kate is obviously an expert in this field, and the book is an educational and fun look inside the world of hand-lettering. she goes over the basics first, with sections on lettering tools and terminology (do you know the difference between calligraphy, lettering and typography?) and then goes through various types of lettering, from serif and sans serif to ornate, scripts, dimensional and lots more. 


each lettering section gives you a brief definition, lots of eye-candy examples, and then a little how-to for creating it yourself. the whole second half of the workbook are practice pages with more examples and tips so you can try your hand at your own creations! obviously mine is a work in progress. :) 


i thought the whole book was super interesting and loved how easy it is to follow along -- even the very first page encourages creativity and experimentation. :)


i used my new favorite gel pens from jetpens to play around throughout the book -- i wish i had more time to practice and keep finding myself doodling new letters in my son's coloring books, ha. hand lettering is such an intriguing art form to me, and when it comes to snail mail there's no cooler way to customize an envelope than with fun writing.

i highly recommend checking out the hand lettering ledger -- looks like it might be on back order for a bit, but you can purchase via chronicle books or amazon.


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