Written by Hand

Erica Tighe


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Publisher: Rock Point Gift & Stationery
Pages: 160

Synopsis:

Writing longhand isn't a chore when you can turn your notes into mini works of art. Grocery lists, to-do lists, sticky notes, make them look more like art rather than work with Written by Hand. There's no getting around the fact that typing on keyboards and screens is the new norm, but the simple, meditative art of writing words by hand can't be forgotten! Written by Hand is a guide designed to give you a new appreciation of writing. Everyday notes and lists don't have to be mundane scribbles; w...

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Written by hand by Erica Tighe invite us to rediscover the art of handwriting, to fall in love with it and its imperfect nature. It makes us see how even though technology has made it fast and simple for us to deliver text messages, it still lacks the human warmth and uniqueness that hand lettering can give.

What I found the most appealing about this book, is that it is not intimidating. It is a great romanticized introduction to the art of handwriting. In it we get to know the author's personal journey with handwriting, analyze our own writing and grasp, "the basics" (tools, terminology, strokes, spacing and sizing), types of lined paper, step-by-step instructions to different alphabets: sans serif, bold serif, script and faux calligraphy, reference alphabets and 50 writing prompts.

The visual aesthetics of the book make it easy to grasp the information. It has some practice space right after each lesson, so it can also be used as a workbook. It gives you inspiration and enough information to retake handwriting into your daily life or creative projects. I found it specially useful for perfecting my composition and consistency when writing inspirational quotes. However, it doesn't go deep about how to create each letter (direction of the strokes, flow, styles, flourishes and variations) like most books on the subject do, so you might want to check more resources after reading this one. I would specially recommend this book if you want to know all the good reasons why you should be holding a pen and for improving your own lettering style to make it clearer and more consistent.



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Alicia

Written by hand by Erica Tighe invite us to rediscover the art of handwriting, to fall in love with it and its imperfect nature. It makes us see how even though technology has made it fast and simple for us to deliver text messages, it still lacks the human warmth and uniqueness that hand lettering can give.

What I found the most appealing about this book, is that it is not intimidating. It is a great romanticized introduction to the art of handwriting. In it we get to know the author's personal journey with handwriting, analyze our own writing and grasp, "the basics" (tools, terminology, strokes, spacing and sizing), types of lined paper, step-by-step instructions to different alphabets: sans serif, bold serif, script and faux calligraphy, reference alphabets and 50 writing prompts.

The visual aesthetics of the book make it easy to grasp the information. It has some practice space right after each lesson, so it can also be used as a workbook. It gives you inspiration and enough information to retake handwriting into your daily life or creative projects. I found it specially useful for perfecting my composition and consistency when writing inspirational quotes. However, it doesn't go deep about how to create each letter (direction of the strokes, flow, styles, flourishes and variations) like most books on the subject do, so you might want to check more resources after reading this one. I would specially recommend this book if you want to know all the good reasons why you should be holding a pen and for improving your own lettering style to make it clearer and more consistent.

   
   

Bookaxe Characteristics for Written by Hand

Character and Plot:

Characters in depth

Fast-paced plot

Language and Style:

Straight to the point

Language and style central

New Information:

Pure entertainment

Introduces you to new ideas

Outlook:

Explores the darker side of life
Light-hearted and optimistic

Explicitness:

No swearing or violence etc
Frequent swearing and violence etc

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