Art Techniques | 2 November 2016Hone your typography skills with The Joy of Lettering Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Taking contemporary hand lettering, typography and illustrated typeface to a whole new level, Gabri Joy Kirkendall and Jaclyn Escalera guide readers through The Joy of Lettering. With more than 50 tips, techniques and lessons for creating beautiful illuminated letters and sophisticated lettering projects, join the journey to develop your own style using various tools in myriad styles and themes. Filled with imaginative techniques and step-by-step instructions, this dynamic resource explores a variety of creative and unique ways for artists to finesse their skills in the art of hand lettering. Try new ideas, hone your skills, and develop your own unique style, with 7 types of typography taken from The Joy of Lettering. Found Materials There are myriad creative and beautiful ways to create unique lettered artwork with a variety of unusual materials. From food to flowers to found objects, anything is fair game! Try these easy methods for lettering with found materials, and then experiment with other materials to see what you can come up with! Live Florals It’s easy to create lettering using flowers that you can pick up from your local florist. Follow along to create this pretty ampersand. Then try lettering your initials or your favorite number. MATERIALS Solid-coloured background (such as black foam core board) Live flowers Scissors or shears Step One Begin to arrange small bits of flowers and plants in the shape of your letter, placing flowers and leaves over the cut ends of stems to create a seamless look. Step Two Continue building the letterform, tucking stems and flower ends underneath leaves to hide the transition from one piece to another. Tucking the ends in under the arrangement makes them appear as if they naturally grow there. Use bunches of short-cut plants to create the curves. Step Three Finish your arrangement with some bright accent flowers, and clean up any bits and pieces around the artwork. This may be a short-lived art form, but if you photograph your work you can preserve its beauty in prints for years to come! Food Now that you’ve worked with flowers, it’s time to take it up a notch to food! In this demonstration we’ll work with spices. MATERIALS Dark-coloured background (such as black foam core board) Spices Plastic sandwich bags Scissors Craft knife Step One Start with your spices in sandwich bags. I chose brightly coloured spices: mustard seeds, paprika, minced (dried) garlic, marjoram, and turmeric. Step Two Begin by cutting the bottom corners of the plastic bags, which will allow you to dispense the spices in a controlled manner. Dispense the first spice in the general outline of the letters, and use your fingers to compress and shape the spice into the shape of your letters. Be prepared for your fingers to turn the same colour as the spices! Step Three Use the tip of your finger or a cotton swab to clean up any excess spice. Then add dimension with another spice in a contrasting colour. I used bright yellow turmeric. Step Four Add detail and texture with mustard seeds. You can drop them carefully onto the spices or use a craft knife to carefully place them along the edges of the letters. Step Five Finish the rest of the phrase in similar manner, or explore using other spices to add more texture and visual interest. Here I used minced garlic with paprika for bold contrast to form the rest of my letters. I also added mustard seeds as an embellishment. Step Six Finish by adding decorative elements. Then grab your camera and shoot some photos! This kind of project is perfect for creating your own custom recipe cards or a unique cover for a family cookbook. Written by Stacey Cleworth Gabri Joy Kirkendall (Creative Lettering & Beyond) and Jaclyn Escalera guide readers through a dynamic exploration of the craft, focusing on typography and illuminated letters and numbers using pencil, ink, and marker in a variety of styles and themes. Packed with creative techniques and easy-to-follow lessons, this all-inclusive resource is a must-have for anyone who wants to learn or grow their expertise in the art of hand lettering. Order your copy here Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.