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A "font" of information on lettering styles!
The Art
of Whimsical Lettering
is an artful instruction book on creating
stylized fonts and expressive artwork with personal handwriting skills.
Author Joanne Sharpe shows you how to create exuberant and personalized
writing styles for your artworkâ€"whether it be a journal,
canvas art, or other projects that use text.
After an overview of
Joanne's favorite tools and surfaces, take a peek into Joanne's
personal lettering journal to discover how you too can collect
inspiration, hone your lettering skills, and tap into your natural
creativity. Joanne then demonstrates twenty art techniques for creating a
variety of lettering styles using many different tools. She provides
you with fifteen basic alphabets, ranging from simple pen-and-ink
renditions to increasingly elaborated texts that reference calligraphy,
vintage fonts, and doodle art, among other styles. Joanne also teaches
you how to turn prosaic lettering into page art itself, merging text
into illustration, or ornamenting words with decorative drawings.

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Reviews for The Art of Whimsical Lettering:

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Oct 12, 2016

The Art of Whimsical Lettering is a colorful, inspiring instruction book on the art of crafting stylized fonts and lettering.

Every page is alluring with bright messages, bold fonts, and loud colors. The author introduces several playful approaches to the use of color, shape, shading, and embellishments. And the book offers a comprehensive introduction to myriad pens, paints, and types of paper.

It's regularly emphasized that practice is essential, and the author is very encouraging to readers The Art of Whimsical Lettering is a colorful, inspiring instruction book on the art of crafting stylized fonts and lettering.

Every page is alluring with bright messages, bold fonts, and loud colors. The author introduces several playful approaches to the use of color, shape, shading, and embellishments. And the book offers a comprehensive introduction to myriad pens, paints, and types of paper.

It's regularly emphasized that practice is essential, and the author is very encouraging to readers about accepting their personal style:

Practice really does make perfect, and it's important that you embrace your own personal perfection. While you're making efforts to learn a lettering style, my best advice is to embrace your work as "perfectly imperfect."

Several fun, helpful exercises are provided for honing various lettering techniques.

If nothing else, The Art of Whimsical Lettering ignites creativity and inspires self-expression. ...more
4

Dec 01, 2016

Inspiring explanation of how to embellish your handwriting in a variety of fun ways. Particularly useful for those of us who write a lot in art journals. :)
4

Jun 08, 2014


I adore Joanne Sharpe's art! This book was a fun overview, but her online classes are much better: I highly recommend them if you like this book.
4

Oct 10, 2016

Filled with inspiration

This book is filled with so much! Tips, tricks, ideas, prompts. It is great! It also has quite a few photos through out to help inspire your own creativity.

Probably the best though is its overall message which is to embrace your art and creativity and make it your own.
5

Feb 26, 2016

This is a fun, fast, and inspiring read filled with lots of examples. Sharpe convinced me that I had it within myself to create fun lettering for my poetry.
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Aug 15, 2014

At first glance, I thought it was a bit too busy, but then I ended up reading it from cover to cover, twice, and mining all the wonderful ideas. It has a workbook as well as ideas; in the end it was nice to see Sharpe's version of her exercises but I felt inspired to make my own, not copy hers, which I would say is mission accomplished.
4

Sep 05, 2014

The ideas and tips in this book are not new but it's still a great start for people who love hand lettering , art journal or scrapbooking .
4

Jun 03, 2017

I really loved this book it gave me plenty of ideas for different lettering in my art journals and mixed media projects it is a great reference tool also when you are looking for inspiration for a project.This review was originally posted on Books In Brogan
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Jul 05, 2015

This is a fantastic resource for anyone wanting to jazz up their creative projects - cards, signs, scrapbooking, if you want to put words on it, this book will help you do it.

Joanne uses the premise of building off your own handwriting to create personal fonts and unique lettering styles. It's easy to get started, as all you need is a piece of paper and a writing utensil! She takes you through everything step by step, showing off colourful examples from her own work, and gives you all the This is a fantastic resource for anyone wanting to jazz up their creative projects - cards, signs, scrapbooking, if you want to put words on it, this book will help you do it.

Joanne uses the premise of building off your own handwriting to create personal fonts and unique lettering styles. It's easy to get started, as all you need is a piece of paper and a writing utensil! She takes you through everything step by step, showing off colourful examples from her own work, and gives you all the prompts you can handle. ...more
5

Sep 20, 2014

This is a fantastic book on how to use your lettering skills in new and different ways. This is NOT a how to on lettering, you will need to look elsewhere for that, rather this is about expanding the skills you have already acquired. I took copious notes and tried some ideas out and reluctantly returned this book to the library. It now goes on my "someday I'd like to own it" list.
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Jan 17, 2015

I bought this because it was recommended by so many people who are doing the same online art project as I am.... The artist has filled this book with all types of beautiful lettering styles. My only wish is that there were a few full-sized alphabets that could be traced...easier to practice if you have it right the first time. It's a colorful book too!
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Jan 09, 2015

This book is chock full of color, creative ideas, and beautiful designs. It is the kind of book one would like to own so that its ideas could be sampled and pondered. I am planning to try some of these ideas in combination with Zentangles.
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May 02, 2014

Handy guide to lettering for art journals and so on. Works really well as a tablet Kindle edition (for Fire etc - you really need the colours, it wouldn't work as e-ink). Lots of good tips.
5

Dec 17, 2014

Excellent tutorials & instruction on creating your own "signature" handwriting style. Great lists of the tools needed to get started.
3

Oct 29, 2014

Some inspiring pieces in this book, but basically all you need to know is play, practice, write and repeat.
4

Aug 01, 2014

Excellent book! the illustrations are so bright and beautiful. I cant wait to start using the dieas for my own art.
3

Dec 20, 2018

I think I can find some inspiration in this book. There were lots of examples of the author's writing with slight variations, as well as suggestions for materials to consider buying as you get started "lettering". I wish it provided more styles of lettering and also left room for practicing the various styles. The author's approach seems to apply slight variations to her natural writing style instead of learning and showing us ways to step outside the box of our own natural style. I did like her I think I can find some inspiration in this book. There were lots of examples of the author's writing with slight variations, as well as suggestions for materials to consider buying as you get started "lettering". I wish it provided more styles of lettering and also left room for practicing the various styles. The author's approach seems to apply slight variations to her natural writing style instead of learning and showing us ways to step outside the box of our own natural style. I did like her examples of lettering various quotes - because I love quotes. I was also very drawn to the cover of the book. I love all that color! Although, I must say that I was a little disappointed, it is a very colorful, playful, fun book and I expect I will reference it as I get started actually "lettering" as opposed to just "pinning" millions of lettering examples on Pinterest. ;) ...more
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Feb 20, 2019

Just so so

This really isn’t my style. I can see her tips could work for some, but I didn’t get much out of it. I’m glad I borrowed it from the library first instead of purchasing.
5

Jan 17, 2019

What an inspiring book, and an inspirational artist! I love Joanne's art and took a few classes from her a few years ago. Might do so again. If you like this style of art it is worth your time to read this book and enjoy the feast of color and useful ideas.
4

Jul 23, 2017

This book is still a constant reference when I want to be creative, but feel stuck. I love the clear and colourful illustrations and explanations.
4

Dec 21, 2017

If you ever need inspiration for lettering this book has many ideas.
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Oct 30, 2016

Expected different

I thought this was an exercise book and it had horrible examples so yes i expected more. Not recommend this book at least not what i was looking for
4

May 12, 2018

Clear and concise instructions. A great book to help you learn lettering. Lots of practical advise and exercises to get you going.
3

Dec 05, 2018

Not the comprehensive lettering book I imagined. It's probably more sensible than that in that it suggests ways to enhance current writing/lettering. Just not what I wanted right now.
4

Sep 05, 2018

Lots of good ideas for practicing and experimenting with different styles!

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