Creating art doesn't have to be a lofty endeavour; beautify your everyday life by learning how to make your handwriting stylish, elegant, and original with Written by Hand.
Beautify your life by perfecting your handwriting!
With step-by-step guides to various lettering styles, examinations of personal writing habits, interesting facts on handwriting and calligraphy, and plenty of practice pages to use in your own hand-lettering practice, Written by Hand is an immersive guide to the handwritten word. With electronic devices taking up so much of our lives, penmanship and handwriting have become lost arts that many feel nostalgic for. Written by Hand shows you how to make the act of handwriting a treat that brings elegance and character to everything from Post-it notes to hand-lettered invitations. Artist and hand letterer Erica Tighe walks you through the anatomy of each letter of the alphabet for several different fonts and the proper tools needed to write beautifully. You'll learn:
The proper way to hold a writing utensil
Basic terminology and the anatomy of type
Sans serif, bold serif, script, and faux calligraphy alphabet styles, letter by letter
How to mix lettering styles
How to create graphic text using banners, shadows, and shapes
In no time, you'll be loving every stroke of the pen and adding grace and personality to your everyday life.
Erica Tighe is the founder, owner, and designer of the Be A Heart, a branding, design, custom hand lettering, and stationery studio whose client list includes Verily Magazine, Darling Magazine, Dig Deep, Elle Communications, Kirsten Marie Inc., Akin & Co, Echo and Atlas, Leah Darrow, Blessed Is She, and countless couples preparing for their weddings. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from DePaul University in Chicago, moved to Brazil to work for Heart's Home for a year and a half, then lived and worked in Brooklyn before moving to Los Angeles. She loves her Southwestern roots, bold patterns, and all hand lettering.
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