Friday, 23 January 2015

Life Book 2015 - Week 3: The Artful Wordsmith

Writing is ones worst nightmare especially when it comes to decorative lettering in particular and I am no exception.  This weeks lesson was by Joanne Sharpe who is the author of "The Art of Whimsical Lettering". Joanne provided excellent instruction on how to start developing your own style of decorative lettering based on your handwriting.  She suggested getting a small exercise book and joining adjacent pages together with glue then sealing the edge with washi tape - this makes the pages slightly thicker and more resistant to inks showing through.  This book becomes a lettering journal in which to practice your lettering and start experimenting with different styles and different products, checking out what each pen type and style does.  For this lesson we learnt how to position our lettering along with our graphic to produce a cohesive and balanced project.  A simple onion flower provided an easy subject to draw - love, love, love. 
My lettering journal is also taking shape and has many pages of doodles and other creations filling up its pages.  Yet another awesome lesson.

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