Written by Hand: Techniques and Tips to Make Your Everyday Handwriting More Beautiful (Hardcover)
Beautify your life by perfecting your handwriting! This immersive guide to the handwritten word includes handwriting basics, step-by-step guides to various lettering styles, practice pages, and more.
With electronic devices taking up so much of our lives, penmanship and handwriting have become lost arts that many feel nostalgic for. Written by Hand shows you how to make the act of handwriting a treat that brings elegance and character to everything from Post-it notes to hand-lettered invitations.
Artist and hand letterer Erica Tighe walks you through the anatomy of each letter of the alphabet for several different fonts and the proper tools needed to write beautifully. After an examination of your own writing habits, you'll learn:
- The proper way to hold a writing utensil
- Basic terminology and the anatomy of type
- Sans serif, bold serif, script, and faux calligraphy alphabet styles, letter by letter
- How to mix lettering styles
- How to create graphic text using banners, shadows, and shapes
About the Author
Erica Tighe is the founder, owner, and designer of the Be A Heart, a branding, design, custom hand lettering, and stationery studio whose client list includes Verily Magazine, Darling Magazine, Dig Deep, Elle Communications, Kirsten Marie Inc., Akin & Co, Echo and Atlas, Leah Darrow, Blessed Is She, and countless couples preparing for their weddings. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from DePaul University in Chicago, moved to Brazil to work for Heart’s Home for a year and a half, then lived and worked in Brooklyn before moving to Los Angeles. She loves her Southwestern roots, bold patterns, and all hand lettering.