Ubiquitous at boutiques and cafés, on Etsy and
Pinterest, in stationery and home decor, the art of chalk lettering
is hotter than ever. Valerie McKeehan, an Etsy standout whose work
has been featured in magazines and websites from Good Housekeeping
to RealSimple.com, teaches us everything we need to know to create
gorgeous hand-drawn chalk designs. The book is also a practice space,
with three foldout "chalkboards"-the inside cover and foldout
back cover are lined with blackboard paper.
In over 60 lessons, learn the ABCs of lettering (literally) and basic
styles: serif, sans serif, and script. Next, how to lay out a design,
combine various styles into one cohesive piece, add shadows and dimension.
Master more advanced letter styles, from faceted to ribbon to "vintage
circus." Use banners, borders, flourishes. And finally, 12 projects
to show off your newfound skills: including a Winter Wonderland Snow
Globe; a smartphone-themed birthday card to text friends and family;
a one-of-a-kind party invitation to create, photograph, and mail;
and a bake sale sign guaranteed to put everyone who sees it in the
mood for a cupcake!