An Inside Look at My Brand New Hand-Lettering Book: “Lettering for Absolute Beginners”
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Y’all, I am so thrilled. My book “Lettering for Absolute Beginners” launched last week and the response has me in shock and deeply grateful for all of you! Seriously. Call it lack of confidence or maybe I just didn’t want to get my hopes up, but I never could have imagined it would be flying off the shelves the way it is! Glory to God!
To celebrate, I recently did a Facebook Live and Instagram TV video to give you an idea of what is inside the hand-lettering book, how to use it, what you’ll need to get started, and some of my personal lettering tips.
Why This Book
In case you didn’t know, I started teaching myself calligraphy and hand-lettering from mimicking the technique of others, looking up lettering on Pinterest and practicing. Once I got the basics down, I was able to begin developing my own personal, unique style. So, if I can do it, you can!
And that’s exactly why I created this book. This is a “faux” calligraphy book, meaning you can use regular, everyday markers. For example, in my video, I’m using a Crayola fine tip marker. This is a good one to start with because it’s cheap, easy to use, and stays the same weight when you press down on it. My hope is that with these practical tips, you’ll get the method down so you can use your new hand-lettering skills for real life projects.
What You’ll Learn
The book is filled with practice pages that show you how to write five different lettering styles of lowercase and uppercase letters, transition between letters, and put it all together with common words. It also highlights common hand-lettering mistakes so you can avoid them. It’s formatted as a workbook to help you bring each letter to life and develop muscle memory as you build your new skill. At the back of the book, there is free perforated art that you can tear out and frame, and art you can do yourself and share with others!
Getting started is really simple. Here’s how I like to break it down:
- Letters have bones and a body.
- In the book, I show you where to start on each letter, so you can begin by tracing my examples, and then give it a go yourself in the practice line.
- Start with the lowercase single letters, then move to uppercase, and then tackle words.
- Once you’ve mastered the basics, I also teach you about bounce and connecting your letters.
To everyone who has already ordered, thank you! Your support means the world. Keep tagging me on social media when you get your book and start using it, because it makes me so happy to see it in your hands!
“All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.” - 2 Corinthians 4:15
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