For my birthday this year, my good friend surprised me with a new book, Hand Lettering For Relaxation by Amy Latta. Amy runs the One Artsy Mama blog, which I had only glimpsed at once before getting this book. (Funny story is a few days before my birthday, I was going back and forth about buying this book which I found on her website. Good thing I didn’t!) She has a lot of great lettering tips on her blog and the book is also a great resource for those starting out.
Book Review: Hand Lettering for Relaxation
The subtitle of the book states, “An inspirational workbook for creating beautiful lettered art.” It covers the basics and goes into the harder stuff, so it’s great for anyone who is into hand lettering–no matter what level you consider yourself to be. She not only covers lettering in the book, but also goes over how to create wreaths, doodles, and flourishes. From her website, the book is described this way:
Hand Lettering for Relaxation presents 46 beautiful, whimsical, and fun hand lettering techniques based on motivational themes. Readers will love the opportunity to practice the creative art of hand lettering in a way that inspires them and helps them relax.
My favorite section in the entire book was on the top of highlights and shadows. It really helped me know where to put the shadows and highlights and that was something I had felt perplexed by. She made it very easy to understand.
Book Review: Chapters & Topics
Each chapter covers a topic and begins with a simple thought that brings encouragement to your creative life. I enjoyed her little “pep talks” at the beginning of each topic. This follows with steps by step instructions on how to achieve the skills she discusses. Her directions are straightforward & the illustrations are very helpful to learning each skill set. She ends the book with topics such as digitizing your artwork, embossing, and illustrating.
This book is so helpful for all the ideas I have floating around in my head when it comes to hand lettering. It also was a great book for just feeling encouraged. The “relaxation” part of the book is actually true! Amy helps you think of what’s important, & uses creativity to help you feel less stressed.
This book is hands down my favorite from all the ones I’ve read this past year. It’s simple, easy to follow, and super uplifting. In no time, you’ll find yourself hand lettering everything! Go check out the book and Amy’s blog and let me know what you think.
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