13th September 2018: Hand lettering has enjoyed a resurgence everywhere from café menus to greeting cards, in part thanks to the popularity of sharing beautiful imagery on social media sites like Instagram and Pinterest. Now Modern Calligraphy and Hand Lettering, a new book from Haynes, aims to help beginners perfect their penmanship.
Modern Calligraphy and Hand Lettering covers everything to assist beginners in getting started with this creative discipline, from what tools and equipment to buy, through to practice exercises and alphabets, and building a personal style.
In the book, author Lauren Cooper, who founded her own business Oh Wonder Calligraphy, offers a range of projects to inspire budding calligraphy artists. These are written in an easy-to-follow, step-by-step format and cover a range of traditional and contemporary ideas – from envelopes and place cards, through to labelled cheeseboards and plant pot wedding favours. The projects include writing on glass, stone and ceramics, as well as the more customary paper.
Lauren comments: “I completely fell in love with calligraphy back in 2012 and turned my passion into a business in 2016. Now, I want to share my enthusiasm with readers who are starting the hobby themselves. Hand lettering is a welcome break from the digital world, and a perfect way to unwind from busy day-to-day life while creating something beautiful.
“Whether you want to add a personal touch to wedding stationery or create a unique home decoration, this book will help you to find and develop your own style of hand lettering, as well as provide inspiration for initial projects. I hope that it encourages readers to pick up their pen and get creative!”
The book is ideal for those looking to take up a new craft this autumn, planning to create hand-made Christmas decorations in time for December, or interested in a new challenge as part of a mindful and creative lifestyle. The range of ideas covered also makes it a great purchase for anyone planning a DIY wedding for 2019, or looking for a special gift for friends or family.
Modern Calligraphy and Hand Lettering is priced at £22.99 and available from www.haynes.com. The book number is H6200. The ISBN is 9781785212000. It is published in September 2018.
About the author
Lauren Cooper is a graphic designer and self-taught calligrapher who has spent the last six years perfecting the art of calligraphy. After having her son, she started her company, Oh Wonder Calligraphy , in 2016, specialising in modern hand lettering and handmade stationery. Lauren also runs courses on the art of modern calligraphy, teaching beginners how to create beautiful letters using a nib and ink. Lauren is based in the London suburb of Bromley and lives with her fellow designer partner, three-year-old son and super tiny sausage dog.
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