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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Master Creative Lettering #books

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I am a sucker for all things creative and I get extra excited when it's something that I can share with my children. We write stories together, make art collages, paint, draw, and do crafts together. When I received the books Hand Lettering A to Z and The Art of Drawing Dangles, I made quick work of sitting down with two of my children to start practicing.

We started with The Art of Drawing Dangles: Creating Decorative Letters and Art with Charms by Olivia A. Kneibler. From the back of the book: "If you like coloring, tangling, or lettering, you'll love to dangle! Dangles are a beautiful and whimsical new art form for people who love coloring and tangles. By adding charms and pretty embellishments to letters and artwork, you can make your own dangles. With 50 projects in the book, you can add stunning patterns and color to dangles, personalize your dangles with charms that are unique to you, and create dangle words from the dangle alphabet in the book. Dangles are a perfect way to accentuate your stationary, invitations, lettering, and more."

One of the best things about this book is it gives examples and instructions to follow and has blank spaces on each alphabet page so you can try the designs right in the book. We also used our drawing paper to practice and my girls each took a turn using the book and adding their creations there. It also encouraged coming up with your own dandle ideas, which I like because it sparks creativity.

We were also impressed with the indexes and examples in the back - it made it so easy to just flip to the back to get ideas for the types of dangles you want to do as well as colors, etc. And we loved the appearance of the book; so creative, colorful and beautiful. When you enjoy the book or tool you're using it really helps with working the creativity muscle. (Oh, you didn't know that was a thing? Yup, yup it is.)

We haven't gotten around to working together on Hand Lettering A to Z: A World of Creative Ideas for Drawing and Designing Alphabets by Abbey Sy, but I've been going through the book and learning a little in preparation for our writing/drawing session. From the back of the book: "Your hand lettering contains a little bit of you! It expresses what you have to say, and demonstrates your creativity in all your communications. In Hand Lettering A to Z, artist and author Abbey Sy has invited four international artists - Meg Hyland, Joao Neves, Tessa Go, and Lisa Lorek - to join her in designing all new alphabets for you to draw and use in many different languages. You don’t have to be a trained artist to master the art of hand lettering. These alphabets are for every skill level, and will suits any taste: colorful, or black and white, classic or just plain fun. It’s all about getting creative with the twenty-six letters and a little bit of you."

I'm particularly excited about this book for two reasons: 1. Almost every time I'm working on a greeting card, scrapbook page or journaling, I am so disappointed in how my projects look with my own handwriting. Every once in awhile I'm able to get a little fancy and make it look nice and unique, but for the most part hand lettering has been extremely unsuccessful for me. 2. I've been wanting to develop my own font. I have actually done some sketches of how I want the font to look and I am sure this book will help me with what I've already created or give me new ideas. It will also be nice not to always have to resort to letter stickers to make a project look appropriate and pretty.

We're going to continue to practice and I'll be sharing some of our lettering on my social media accounts. Check me out on Instagram and Facebook.

Do you use hand lettering or dangles on your projects? Let me know in the comments.
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