The 12 Days of Books

Hello! I have been absent for quite a while, dealing with this icky cold that just won’t go away. But I’ve decided that I have to re-enter the land of the living because I’m pulling my hair out just whiling away the time by not getting much accomplished. I HAVE been working a little, but NOT as I should be. I did send in text today for my first deadline of the kids’ art journaling book I’m writing...A little nerve-wracking, to say the least.

I’ve decided that since books are my first love, I am going to post my fave books of 2008 for the next 12 days. Mind you, some of them do have the luck of timing on their side, since they just arrived in my arsenal. But others I have acquired over the past year and I look to them most often for inspiration. And I think books make great gifts for the holidays...

ModernMarkMaking
So, the first book I will talk about was published back in the summer by Quarry Books. I designed it, but that’s NOT why it made my list. I’m including it because it’s chock full of great instruction. Modern Mark Making: From Classic Calligraphy to Hip Hand-Lettering by Lisa Engelbrecht is high on my list of faves for 2008.

Lisa generously shares her expertise and knowledge in this wire- and hard-bound gem. Lisa’s lettering is definitely distinguishable and beautiful, and fortunately we get to see several examples of it through the pages. She also includes some lovely lettering samples from other artists, and each chapter discusses a type of lettering, such as Gothic, Scripty, Scrawly, Street, and Flourish. She also notes important tools and how to get started. If you’re looking to do any type of lettering, you HAVE to check this one out. It won’t disappoint.

Another tomorrow!