I am so excited to be finally sharing with you all my new book, Hand Lettering for Beginners! So many months of hard work led up to creating the perfect book to get into your hands. It was really satisfying to experience the process of how it worked out. This book may be right for you if you’re an absolute beginner and don’t know where to start or if you’ve been lettering for a little bit and you’re looking to improve and hone your skills. I’m going to give you all a sneak peek of what you can expect to see in my book to help you decide if it’s right for you!
What Hand Lettering for Beginners Looks Like
This is an actual published book, which means I finally have a physical book you can buy! There is a black cover on the book with the title on the spine to make it easy to spot on your bookshelf. Once you take off the black cover, you’ll find the book itself. I’m so happy with how it looks, especially with the black spiral binding. I love how the back cover gets to be its own work of art! The back cover quote is perfect for displaying in your little lettering space to give that extra boost of confidence. I did so many drafts of this to get it just right for you all.
The Seven Sections of Hand Lettering for Beginners
Now, let’s flip through Hand Lettering for Beginners, and I will show you what it looks like to practice with. There are seven different sections in total: getting started, faux calligraphy, brush pen lettering, lettering connection, how to layout a quote, breaking the rules, and lastly, creating font styles.
After the table of contents, you have the “getting started” section where I show you basic hand lettering concepts, including all of the pens, paper, and tools that you need to get started. Next is “faux calligraphy” to show how you can letter even if you don’t feel comfortable just yet with a brush pen. The following section is “brush pen lettering,” where I’ll show you the basic rules and then how to use a brush pen. Next is the “lettering connection” section. Here, I share the basic rules of connecting letters so you can practice any connection. Following is “how to layout a quote.” This is often a tricky concept, so I gave you the most fundamental tips that have helped me. The next section is “breaking the rules.” Here, I show you the basics of bounce lettering and then give you my cheat sheet for creating your own letters. The last section of the book is “creating font styles” and making actual projects from those fonts. In this section, you will learn specific techniques to enhance your lettering because the possibilities are endless! I came up with six font styles that I included in this section that would be great for any beginner. Just a few go-to fonts to be able to combine or use in different types of projects!
How You’ll Learn Within Each Section
In each section, I walk you through every step to help you be successful with your hand lettering journey. My main priority was to give you exactly what you needed to move forward with your lettering. Each section of this book starts with a lesson to teach a certain concept. Following the lessons are worksheets to practice to get you feeling confident about what you learned. The sections end with a project to put into action and a creative page to show what else you can do with those skills. This was important to add because I wanted to make sure you were getting the most out of each lesson!
The Making of Hand Lettering for Beginners
I have had many requests for a physical book, and now I’m really excited to share this with you finally. This book is the best thing I’ve created to teach hand lettering. And one reason is that there was a team of people behind it. Every chapter of this book was looked over by many eyes to make sure it would be the most helpful for you. I worked close with my editor, and he was so excellent at bringing my vision to life. He was great at listening to what was important to me, and he always came up with the best ideas. I was so impressed because he didn’t even know how to hand letter before this! Thank you so much to everyone who was part of bringing this book to life to make it the best it could be.
How to Buy Hand Lettering for Beginners
Hand Lettering for Beginners comes out on February 2nd, but you can preorder it now. Ordering during the presale is so helpful because it shows Amazon that people like it. If you want to give Hand Lettering for Beginners as a gift to someone for Christmas, one idea would be to preorder it and wrap up a picture of the book. Or, you could give them brush pens and surprise them that the book is also coming! If you don’t live in the U.S., check if your country’s Amazon has it.
I love the idea that something I created gets to be where your lettering happens! If you have any questions about my book Hand Lettering for Beginners, please let me know. Lastly, I want to thank you for being here. I know none of this could have been possible if it wasn’t for you!