Art Techniques | 15 June 2017Hand Lettering Inspo Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Are you looking for an artistic outlet that is genuine to you and you alone? Look through Hand Lettering A to Z for inspiration and then use your own handwriting to create works of art. Your hand lettering contains a little bit of you—expressing what you have to say as well as demonstrating your creativity. As a means of communication, what could be more personal than that? You can doodle with your lettering. You can use it in journals and sketchbooks, in art for your walls, in stories for children, in letters to friends—in all kinds of communication. That’s why, for this book, I invited four international artists to join with me to create alphabets and to show ways to use them in many different languages. TIP: Add shadows on quote layouts, using a pen or marker. They will make your letters more dimensional and help them pop off the page. Lazy Serifs This font style came to me while I was playing around with different colors and serif styles. Instead of following the straight line that most letters have, Lazy Serifs are freeform structures, and that’s what makes this style fun and playful. I used concentrated watercolors in different hues for lots of variation, and a flat-tip brush to achieve a block-like effect on the letterforms. To travel you simply need to exist Woodpecker by João Neves Swash Serifs I came up with this letter style as a way to incorporate the elegance of a swash into a traditional roman type. Similar to script, this font is slanted about 45 degrees to the right and has a distinctive thick and thin contrast to each side. I also combined watercolors and markers for this font style and gave it a striped pattern to keep it fun and modern. Nature Story I’ve called this font Nature Story. It depicts an abundance of different foliage elements in pattern form. Using earth colors as the main theme, this style is heavily inspired by all things leafy, green, and growing. As a sans serif font, it’s simple to draw, but adding the natural elements makes it fun to embellish. I made one section of each letter hollow, for inserting my embellishments. I used watercolor as a medium because the brush is a great tool for drawing leaves, vines, and branches. Lisa Lorek Buy from an Online Retailer US: Your hand lettering contains a little bit of you! It expresses what you have to say, and demonstrates your creativity in all your communications. In Hand Lettering A to Z, artist and author Abbey Sy has invited four international artists–Meg Hyland, Joao Neves, Tessa Go, and Lisa Lorek–to join her in designing all new alphabets for you to draw and use in many different languages. You don’t have to be a trained artist to master the art of hand lettering. These alphabets are for every skill level, and will suits any taste: colorful, or black and white, classic or just plain fun. It’s all about getting creative with the twenty-six letters and a little bit of you. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.