I've been wanting to try my hand at "proper" hand lettering for a while - I often get complimented on my handwriting but when it comes to lettering for journalling or cards I'm never quite as happy with the outcome as I hope to be. So when the lovely folks at Quarto Publishing got in touch with their Autumn catalogue I was thrilled to see how many titles they had on the subject.
Hand Lettering A to Z by Abbey Sy is a gorgeous place to start. Abbey's instagram is absolutely lush (follow here here) and I particularly love her Bangkok photos as we've just returned from there, so I was super excited to be able to have a look at her book.
The book takes you through a range of hand drawn fonts, plus has additional chapters on embellishments and a gorgeous gallery of inspiration.
See how beautiful? So exciting. I was so excited, in fact, that I totally ignored her advice to get a sharp pencil and a proper table to work at. 'I can do this in front of Netflix can't I?' I thought. The answer? Well... you can decide for yourself...
That said, I had great fun playing with my new calligraphy pens (I haven't owned a proper calligraphy pen since I was about 11 years old - I also bought some proper fountain pens, but they completely defeated me, see earlier references to impatience). The instructions were easy to follow and there are loads of different styles to try. After about an hour I felt I had at least some idea of how to go about creating beautiful hand lettering even if I hadn't actually got the skills yet. I've bought myself a helicopter pencil and I'll definitely be returning to this book again and again - and of course I'll be sharing my successes (and failures) with you!
Hand Lettering A to Z by Abbey Sy. Published by Rockport, an imprint of The Quarto Group. Out now. Buy it here: http://amzn.to/2tdPrvH