The Art of Whimsical Lettering

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The Art of Whimsical Lettering by Joanne Sharpe is a charming, joyful, lovely guide to taking your plain handwriting on a journey into a world of creativity and decoration. Personal and individualized, it starts with an introduction to “finding your inner font”.


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The Art of Whimsical Lettering
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Joanne Sharpe
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The Art of Whimsical Lettering

Whimsy comes at a cost

The Art of Whimsical Lettering by Joanne Sharpe is a charming, joyful, lovely guide to taking your plain handwriting on a journey into a world of creativity and decoration. Personal and individualized, it starts with an introduction to “finding your inner font”. She claims that our regular handwriting hides within it a distinct style that, once discovered and exaggerated, can transform into beautiful, artistic lettering. By beginning with your own handwriting and building from there, Sharpe guides her readers regardless of level or artistic ability. There is hope even those who claim to have the worst handwriting in learning how to letter with her lessons.

It has a beautiful and inviting cover

It has a beautiful and inviting cover

It’s kind of all just pretty pictures. Really pretty pictures, but still.

The following six chapters of her book guide the creatively-inclined through a series of colorful and inspirational lessons and studios, allowing you to explore a variety of different styles and techniques. As you search for inspiration amidst the fantastic watercolors and whimsical illustrations of the page margins, learn how to create whimsical Es and Qs, design entire alphabets, and create artful quotes and blocks of text, you begin to embody the motto of her book: “Play, practice, write, repeat. The secret to artful lettering”. On top of being useful and educational, this book is just plain FUN. It will be one that you come back to again and again, even after you feel you’ve mastered creative lettering, just for the simple pleasure of its pages.

There's some cool stuff here, but a lot is missing

There’s some cool stuff here, but a lot is missing

You’ll find this book helpful for a lot more than simply a fun time. Her lessons in lettering, in taking your handwriting to the next level, will do wonders for your creative projects of all kinds. Thinking of sending handwritten thank you notes or homemade Christmas cards this year? This book will help you create gorgeous cards that your family and friends keep on their mantle long past the end of the holiday season. Do you like to journal? The lettering you learn will allow your journaling to become an even more creative, inspirational practice. Do you enjoy painting, illustration, typography, or graphic design? Improving your handwriting will add a completely new dimension to your work. Calling all artsy individuals and crafty entrepreneurs: explore prettifying your handwriting and your ideas will flourish while your work takes on a brand new character. Great for all types, ages, and skill levels, Sharpe has really created a book that we can all play with and have fun!

There's a great vibe to the photos in this book. It really makes you want to get down to the nitty gritty.

There’s a great vibe to the photos in this book. It really makes you want to get down to the nitty gritty.

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