There are so many occasions, especially during the holidays, to get creative and make signs, place cards, art projects and crafts. If you are someone intimidated with lettering by hand, Hand-Lettering for Everyone by Cristina Vanko is the book for you. Cristina Vanko is a designer and illustrator who knows why, in our digital age, hand-lettering is more popular than ever. Perhaps best-known for her calligraphy text messages.
Yes, there are a lot of sites for signs and script but today, often only hand lettering will do (it seems the more sophisticated we get going completely digital–hand lettering is better). And putting pen to paper has not only become a popular pastime, but when we use our own letters in our own combinations, the more we realize how beautiful hand work can be.
This book is actually a workbook; meaning, you are meant to create on its pagers. Some readers may have problems with putting pen on page but part of the point is to stop being so critical of yourself, copy what you see and have a go. Try to imagine copying the Palmer Method when you were a child (if you are younger, think of it as art.) Even if you try to copy exactly what you see, you will create your own version.
There are so many styles and Vanko moves from cave writing and Egyptian symbols through history—1950’s Heavy Metal?—to the 21st century. You will learn more about typography, handwriting and calligraphy. This is a primer to pull the inspiration out of you!
Some of the features are:
- Why the art of hand-lettering, in the age of digital, is unexpectedly more popular than ever
- The history and trends of typography
- Step-by-step guidance on finding what lettering works for you
- Tricks and encouragement for your hand to explore ways to make your quirks work in lettering
The artist has a creative new term for what she hopes you will do: “sketchploration.”
Take a look at a few place cards we made and see if you might like to try some of this too. We pride ourselves on craft, painting and being creative but we still see we have a lot to learn about how to cut loose when using printing and script; and we think this book is inspiring enough to get us to try dozens and dozens of creative lettering we can copy.
Hand-Lettering for Everyone: A Creative Workbook by Cristina Vanko, Perigee/Penguin Random House; ISBN:978-03991-73011. Retails for $15.95