Modern Brush Lettering (Paperback)
A beginner’s guide to the art of brush lettering, plus 20 seasonal projects to make
Modern Brush Lettering is a creative guide to learning how to brush letter. Becki talks through materials, mark marking, turning your marks into letterforms, joining your lettering and exercises to get your started on your brush lettering journey. There are tips and tricks for perfecting your own style of lettering and 20 seasonal contemporary craft projects to make with your new skill.
"Modern Brush Lettering" is a great book for beginners. The book starts with practice pages of how to do brush strokes and form letters and words, then goes into 20 projects to try. I really enjoyed this book and will be trying some of the projects out and then try to build from them.NetGalley, Jessica Roche
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Natalyn Houk
Anyone else ever bought some brush pens on a whim at a craft store and then proceeded to let them gather dust in your office? I definitely have! And I've never met a pen or color that I didn't need, either! That's why when I saw "Modern Brush Lettering," I jumped at the chance to put those amazing pens to good use!
Becki Clark makes hand lettering fun and easy with simple tips and techniques! I love the freedom Clark gives readers, by reminding them everyone's hand lettering will look different and the biggest key is to have fun with it! Her style is a little more messy and modern, but always looks great.
Clark's craft projects are fun and simple. They make even the smallest occasions more special and make big holidays like Christmas or Easter feel fresh. I can't wait for the next occasion to make a cake topper or decorate a mug as a gift!
Overall, I give this book 5 stars! If you need me, I'll be here practicing my letters!
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Rachel Sidwell
The perfect step by step for those new the brush lettering world! As someone who has just started journalling this is so brilliant - I will definitely be recommending getting this into store and recommending it to customers!
Modern Brush Lettering is a newly released guide on the art of brush lettering from Becki Clark, the designer behind the beautiful wedding stationery brand Olive and Bramble.NetGalley, Erin Hollands
Starting with the basics, the book covers everything you need to know from tools and equipment, to handy tips and suggestions for words and phrases to use to practice these techniques. Not only does the book help readers to learn the basic skills for brush lettering, but also includes 20 creative projects to test out your new skills. From items that would be great for the home or as gifts, to items for special occasions, there is something for everyone here.
The projects are split into four sections each including five ideas taking inspiration from one of the seasons, which the author explains influence her own work. The tutorials include step-by-step instructions and images alongside tips and tricks, as well as gorgeous colourful photographs showcasing the finished designs.
The adorable handprinted ‘Ceramic Easter Bunnies’ found in the spring section and autumn-inspired ‘Enamel Cups’, both of which combine lettering with floral/botanical designs, were particular favourites for me. I also loved the fact that the author encourages readers to source items such as mirrors and frames from charity shops to upcycle for the projects, rather than purchasing new items to work with.
Modern Brush Lettering is a great introduction to the art of brush lettering and would be perfect for beginners as well as those looking for some fun new lettering project ideas.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Samantha Stroud
This book is a beginners guide to Brush Lettering and includes 20 seasonal projects to follow. But what is Brush Lettering I hear you cry?
The author describes it as a drawing style of hand lettering that is formed using a brush applying a mix of stroke thicknesses; it's different to calligraphy as less rules surround it. I've used calligraphy pens before and they feel scratchy against the paper, using the brush pen looks much smoother, a dainty type of pen/brush that allows you to create fancy handwriting for gifts, chalk boards, wedding cards and much more.
The projects are quite sweet, not all of them use a brush pen, some use a paint brush instead, but the style of writing produced is the same. Each project comes with a number of steps to follow accompanied by colour photography and tips on how to make the writing permanent if she has written on a mirror or a clay dish.
The book also provides a list of suggested supplies and where to buy them in the UK.
Overall this is a lovely book to get you started on your journey to brush lettering. I can see myself applying these techniques to our present tags at Christmas or personalising a birthday gift.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Annie Buchanan
Modern Brush Lettering is a tutorial and style guide to a popular and useful style of calligraphy which lends itself to many uses and is especially popular for bullet journaling. Due out in late 2020 from Pen & Sword on their White Owl imprint, it's 120 pages and is available in paperback format.
This is an accessible and encouraging guide. The author has a very upbeat style and I found myself just grabbing some brush markers I had from my attempts at other papercrafts and lettering and jumping in. The introductory chapter covers tools and supplies (very easily acquired and inexpensive), followed by basic strokes and mark making, moving on to alphabets and building up to words and phrases.
Following a short chapter on mindfulness and the philosophy of process, the 20 project tutorials are arranged by season with 5 for each: spring, summer, autumn, and winter. The projects range from total beginner to slightly more advanced, all are attractive. The projects themselves are a good starting point for further embellishment and I can definitely see myself using them as further inspiration. Each of the tutorials include an introduction, materials and alternatives in a bullet list sidebar along with tips from the author. The step by step instructions are clear and simple. The instructions are accompanied by lots of photos which illustrate each step. They're composed well and clearly formatted and it's easy to see hand and pen positions as well as drawing layouts. Pretty much every page has one or more photos.
The book also includes a very short FAQ and abbreviated resource list with specific paints, papers, and inks used by the author.
I've been spending a lot more time with my journal (mostly in an effort to organise my book blogging) and I've found a lot of really good tips here.
This would make a great gift (maybe with some paper and brush pens) or selection for the home library. There are a number of nice projects included.
Five stars. Very useful.
I love, love, LOVE this book! The photography is so beautiful and the author is incredibly skilled and talented. It covers a range of projects, activities, techniques and ideas to encourage you to engage in modern brush lettering. A fabulously inspiring and stunning book!NetGalley, Naomi Clarke
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Kaitlyn Waller
This book really helped me get my brush lettering down. I love the fact that there is so much in this book, from materials to joining the letters together. I will continue to use this book over and over again!
Very interesting to read. I learned a great deal about the subject. Definitely enough to put into practice. It certainly would be a useful tool to have.NetGalley, Lisa Houston
Nice and easy brush lettering templates and techniques for beginners and those who need practice with lettering.NetGalley, Jennifer Petell
Becki Clark's "Modern Brush Lettering" is sequenced well with a proper introduction complete with holding your pen, mark making, and brush lettered alphabets. It is ideal for the consummate beginner! I was especially impressed that an introduction to using watercolour backgrounds was also featured. Well done!NetGalley, Paige Andrews
This book is aimed at beginners to the art of brush letters. Which is me!NetGalley, Nicolette Smith
The book starts by discussing the tools to use and then step by steps explains making your mark on the page including how to hold your pen and the basic strokes you will use to form the alphabet. This is so important because brush lettering isn't the same as picking up a ball point pen.
Once you have mastered the brush, the book gives you multiple projects to attempt with your newly developed skills.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, MJ Buckley
Becki Clark gives a fresh and updated perspective on brush lettering. With creative strokes and designs, a little practice here and there you will be able to jump right in on the calligraphy fun!
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Iris Bryant
I was interested in this book because I have adored lettering projects from afar. I have even taken classes to learn various lettering techniques, but always walked away feeling frustrated. Clark shares techniques and tools for beginners (like me) and it is written in a style that is easy to follow. I am so appreciative of this resource and look forward to creating artwork for my home and office.
I had a lot of fun going through this book. As a complete beginner to this hobby, I found this book to be a really good intro. I appreciated the author's recommendation of pens and other tools (I bought their basic, everyday brush pen recommendation and really liked it), as well as open yet informative written tone. The book walks readers through basic exercises, alphabets, and provides some craft project ideas using the skills you pick up.NetGalley, Jessica Weckhorst
Overall, I thought this was a really good primer for beginners. I felt that I had more luck mastering the strokes and letters by watching video tutorials on YouTube, but for people who prefer books, this is a good start to the lettering hobby. I understand that each letterer will develop their own style as they go along, but I would have appreciated the alphabets having small arrows indicating the order and direction of the strokes (almost like a kids' handwriting guide, haha). In totality, this is a fun book and a good start to hand lettering, however a lot of practice and other resources may be required to truly feel like you are making progress.
I think the projects are a great inspiration. The detailed pictorial step by step instructions are nice. They also include some simple painting of flowers, patterns and motifs that are pretty and adds to any handlettered item.NetGalley, Flora Fung
I started brush lettering myself about two to three years ago and am always down to perfect my hand-lettering! That is why I wished for this book, and I am still so so so happy that it got granted! Thank you!NetGalley, Paula A
I really liked this book! I loved to be able to see a different person's hand-lettering alphabet, so that I can improve mine! And oh my it did! And I also really loved the creative crafts that involved hand-lettering, I will really try to remember those to be able to make my favorites of them. I am already so excited! Before I'd use hand-lettering mostly for my bullet journal, my study notes, or a nice letter on the envelope. I really love how I could broaden my horizon a but and especially, perfect my hand-lettering as well!
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Richelle Rodarte
It also gives great inspiration and ideas for embellishing your lettering so overall I think this is a very handy reference guide.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Lisa Pcenicni
Amazing book, especially at this time when people are home. I was pleasantly surprised by the step by step process to achieve beautiful lettering, Becki touched on the process, building skills and then on to projects. I especially enjoyed the seasonal ideas and themes. This provided a great opportunity for stress relief while creating beautiful works of art!
Really enjoyed this beginners guide to brush lettering. I've followed numerous Instagram accounts trying to learn techniques and this was very helpful for me in learning additional steps and other ideas.NetGalley, Ashley Borchardt
Becki Clark gives a lush introduction to some brush lettering techniques along with some beautiful seasonal projects to work on including Easter decorations, place settings and quirky wrapping paper.NetGalley, Catherine Spearey
It’s been a long time since I’ve done any kind of calligraphy and I have never worked with brush before so I really enjoyed working through the introductory chapter and alphabet.
Becki has helped me fall in love with writing all over again.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Megan` Myers
Excellent beginner book for the person who wants to start brush lettering. The supportive tone of the book encourages the idea that anyone can learn this art form. Inexpensive tools and projects will help the reader get started quickly. The detailed examples and pictures guide the reader through adapting their handwriting to modern brush lettering. Projects in the book are both modern and simple enough to fit a variety of decoration styles and lifestyle needs.
Becki Clark did a great job writing this book. It goes into a good amount of detail and step by step instruction on the process of brush lettering, techniques, drills, supply recommendations, etc. She also has a ton of really cute and easy seasonal craft ideas in the back with stunning photos and detailed instructions on how to achieve final product. The seasonal projects were very creative and definitely inspired me to want to get creative.NetGalley, Brittany Appler
I have been interested in brush lettering and this book has fabulous tips and activities to do to help in mastering the technique.NetGalley, Kate Jackson
Its inspired me to start journaling again, I am looking forward to mastering my brush lettering and this book will certainly help with that.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Vanessa Issa
I've read other books about lettering before, but this is one of my favorites. I would totally recommend it to beginners. It brings some great exercises, it's all very easy to understand. And it's beautiful!
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Brittaney Barfield
Great book. it gives in detail examples of how to do modern brush lettering. It's the perfect book for anyone who wants to either brush up on your brush lettering skills or start from the beginning.
This is a great book to start you off with modern brush lettering! The author has put lots of time and effort into this book for people to use as a guide to help them start off in brush lettering.NetGalley, Natalie Horman
The book starts with practice pages of how to do brush strokes and form letters and words, then goes into 20 projects to try.
I really enjoyed this book and will be trying some of the projects out and then try to build from them.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Theodene Allen
For a few years now, brush lettering has been growing and popping up nearly everywhere. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, I never felt like I knew where to start. A couple weeks ago, I found Modern Brush Lettering by Becky Clark in the NetGalley list of books to review and immediately requested it!
The steps and craft tips are great for beginner in brush lettering. Included is also suggestions for which types of pens she prefers. Sections are divided up by seasons and major days. Simple items to decorate and great tips for how to complete each step are mentioned in this great book.
>From steps to practice brush lettering to creating ornaments, place settings, mirrors to hang, wrapping paper, it’s all between the covers of Modern Brush Lettering. Becky Clark also provides ways readers can find her online. Her Instagram is full of great colorful ideas!
Modern Brush Lettering was provided complimentary in exchange for an honest review. I give this book five out of five tiaras because it offers simple tips that even I can follow! Go get this book and start reading while I look for some brush pens!
This is a fun guide to doing brush lettering projects. There are 20 projects in all, and they tend towards things like making custom place cards (one project has you using lemons as the canvas, another using paper tags that you slip onto pear stems), envelopes, ornaments, etc. You typically will use either a brush pen or a paintbrush and paint. It's a fun distraction and not expensive or tricky to follow. The projects are divided by season and should provide some fun inspiration. Lovely color photos accompany the directions.NetGalley, Alicia Bayer
There are many forms of art and craft, drawing, painting, calligraphy this specific book talks about brush lettering.NetGalley, Udisha Jain
Brush lettering is basically writing letters using a brush pen or normal paint brush in different designer ways. ABCD in simple standard form and ABCD in a decorative forms that is the difference in short. Do not confuse calligraphy with brush lettering. The author gives an excellent introduction to the place the basics of brush lettering , the basic alphabets and methods to draw them are clearly given better than videos on YouTube. Introduction from how to draw basic alphabets and practice strokes and how to hold the pen everything is very clearly listed and easy to understand. There are images as well to make learning brush lettering very easy and fun.
Modern brush lettering is a little different, but it is a great skill to have and a cheap one to try out, supply cost-wise. The instructions are clear and concise and you can get practising in no time with the help of the photos and illustrations.NetGalley, Janet Pole Cousineau
This is a good beginner book for anyone wanting to have a go at brush lettering. It is a good craft for someone to get started on as it is relatively inexpensive and easy just to have a go at. It would be a good skill to acquire for those interested in journaling, card making, scrapbooking, interior design and more established artists. The book itself is beautifully laid out, bursting with inspiring pictures and colour. The step by step projects are easy to follow and clearly written. All of them can be easily adapted and changed to include your own ideas or to suit your needs. It is such an absorbing and calming craft that it is a great one to take up in these troubling times.NetGalley, jc Cross
I found this to be an excellent beginners guide to brush lettering, especially since I’m a total newbie to the subject. The subject matter was very easy to follow with beautiful photos. Also had several projects to try at the end of the book, most of which I’d like to try.NetGalley, LiAna Gray
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Eve Witherington
This is a fantastic book to get started with I love the rabbit craft the best and it has great tips to start and perfect technique and ideas to get you started with a handy guide to pens and equipment to enable you to make items for gifts and of course yourself to display!
A fun look into a different to the normal crafts that is simple enough anyone can give it a go and try!
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Miray Cekic
Modern Brush Lettering by Becki Clark is a very great educational book. I can now write in brush lettering thanks to this book. This book is great for anyone who wants to learn brush lettering and who also wants to make a DIY project. Loved it!
I have been wanting to learn modern brush lettering for a while and this book has been a great way to get started with practising.NetGalley, Caoimhe Quinn
This book is very well laid out with sections on
I also liked that there are 20 different projects for you to work on such as
brush lettered pumpkins
chalkboard labels and
an advent calendar
I have so much time on my hands lately that I love doing a little bit everyday and i'm very hopeful that I can make something from the book very soon.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Samantha K
This book is perfect for you if you're looking for a basic introduction to brush lettering or you're looking for fun projects to apply those newly acquired brush letting skills.
What I love: Becki introduces the basic brush strokes to practice thin and thick strokes, compound strokes, and some basic flourishes. Explanations are provided in a straightforward manner as if you are having a chat with the author. Helpful hints and tips are found throughout. (As a calligrapher, I even learned a tip that would have helped me in regards to holding the pen and applying pressure when I was first starting out.) Projects corresponding to each season follows the tips and tricks for basic lettering in the second half of the book. For each project, each step has a corresponding picture showing exactly how to execute each step. I recently started decorating paper to wrap packages I mail via USPS. I realize now I should purchase a certain type of paper to complete this project.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Julija M
Went through this in a couple of hours. A very good book for beginners! I had some knowledge on the topic and had a go at brush lettering before but it was still very helpful for me and I tried many of the exercises. All the projects seem fun and I will likely do some of them in the coming weeks, as soon as I have practiced my lettering well enough :)
I loved this great lettering book. It helps with showing up close on how to write your letters. Then it goes into seasonal crafts to create with the lettering. I love the layout and the easy to follow directions. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes to craft or knows of someone who likes to craft.NetGalley, Brittney McKay
I loved how this book was broken up the seasons! It meant that no matter my mood or how far in advance I wanted to make something I could also make something that would fit the season.NetGalley, Rhiannon Blewer
I was super excited to dive into Modern Brush Lettering, since I am obsessed with brush lettering and crafts.NetGalley, Rebeka Béla
The 20 seasonal projects of the book are amazing, creative and easily doable: aesthetic home decor projects! I was hooked! I instantéy completed the brush lettering basics and it was fun to learn how to use the brushes and different tips properly!
If you are a crafty person or just enjoys DIY that goes well with each season: You have to have this book on your shelf! I am sure I will decorate my house for fall and use the tips for my Christmas dinner this year! :)
The illustrations are gorgeous, easy to understand the steps and it is an extra that the author offers you help through her media contacts.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Nicky Anderson
Really easy to follow and super fun!! After reading it made me want to write like that all the time, with wonderful photos too! I love it!!!
This is a fantastic book to learn brush lettering. The author writes this book to use the Pentel brush pen, but it is easy to use with others. I used her techniques on my iPad digitally and it worked pretty well, obviously it takes a lot of repetition and practice, but this is a great guide.NetGalley, Stephanie Guerra
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Jen McNulty
I have a few friends who do brush lettering, so have been intrigued for a while, but wasn't sure where to start. This book was EXACTLY what I was looking for! So easy to follow and lays out the whole process in a clear, comprehensible way, with instructions and great images too. From what pens and paper to use to how to do the brush strokes, everything you need to know is here.
I feel inspired by the fab craft activities included too, they're all really sophisticated ideas and none feel unattainable (once my brush lettering skills are up to scratch!). I'm already planning to do a few as presents - I love it when gifts have a truly personal touch and brush lettering my own cards and designs will let me do that.
I've just ordered my first brush pen and can't wait to get started! This is the perfect new skill to learn in lockdown.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Frances McHugh
Very good and informative book, it was like having a teacher sat with you as you attempt the projects. Highly recommend this book as a starting point or even for the ideas she suggests for the craft projects.
This book is easy to follow and instructive-- I'd recommend it for beginners who want to start lettering.NetGalley, Zoe Lee
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Mária Piatková
This book provides a very nice comprehensive introduction to brush lettering. I have been trying brush lettering before, but this gave me better inside in how the brush lettering works. With the foundation from this book I am sure I will be able to get better and develop my own lettering style. The projects included are all wonderful and I cannot wait to try them out.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Tracie Crane
Very well written guide to hand lettering. I followed along and did all the practice work.
I have watched You Tube videos from author Becki Clark prior to reading the guide so it may have put me to an advantage, but I feel strongly that this book made me much better at hand lettering . I'm not convinced someone without prior experience would be able to just pick it up and start lettering, but it takes practice no matter what level you are.
I loved how she did not make you feel like you had to purchase a ton of supplies to be successful. At no time did I feel like she was trying to make her readers buy a certain brand to be good.
I highly recommend this to anyone wanting to learn more about brush lettering and receive a lesson plan with all the practice guidance you would need.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Alexis Turner
This book is a perfect instruction manual for anyone interested in learning brush lettering. The author provides some brief info on what you need to get started, then gets you lettering ASAP. The exercises were short and concise, coming together quickly into full alphabets and beautifully constructed words. As someone whose handwriting can be generously described as “like a serial killer,” this had me (complete with a lifetime of poor penmanship!) writing a delightful alphabet with about 30 minutes of practice.
The projects that follow are a treat. Separated by season, each project is a fun exploration of how a little bit of fancy lettering can really elevate the finished product. I already have an eye toward making many of these projects for upcoming birthdays and holidays. This book should be a staple for anyone getting into lettering, your crafts, journals and holiday cards will thank you.
I do love the projects! There are 20 different projects in this book that you can do using brush lettering and they all look AWESOME! There are projects for every season and celebration of the year and I'll definitely try some of those!NetGalley, Laiza Hill
The selection of craft ideas is excellent. The photography is beautiful and the instructions are clear. I will definitely use at least a couple of these for my classes. A creative person can use these ideas as inspiration for many more projects.NetGalley, Claudia Ratay
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Shannon Thomas
What a fantastic book!
I have always taken an interest in calligraphy. I practiced a bit in my younger years at school and even now occasionally I’ll try my hand at some calligraphy for some work posters and always get compliments but I feel like I never really know what I’m doing...
I watch a lot of social media videos of people practicing calligraphy, particularly brush lettering. I find them really calming. This book had the same effect! I loved reading through the different instructions and the advice and all the different ways that you can use brush lettering that I hadn’t even thought about, like on plant pots or pumpkins (my particular favourite, I’ll definitely be trying that) and wrapping paper!
The ideas in this were fab and it’s really motivated me to get some tools and pens etc and give it a go using Becki’s advice!
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, JESSICA GIROTTI
I've bought several brush lettering books and found them lacking. Not this one! Simple instructions and tips on how to get started learning the technique and then dozens of seasonal ideas where you can put your new found skills to work in gorgeous gifts and home decor.
This is an amazing book for those beginners like myself who just started calligraphy. I love the step by step pictures on some of the deco you can do to make your decorations a bit creative. At the beginning there are some basic steps which is very important for the calligraphy. The author managed to describe in detail.NetGalley, Karamvir Kaur
Highly recommend to all beginners and advanced calligraphy peeps out there.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Swati Jena
An amazing book, excellent for beginners like myself. as I begin reading I also kept a notebook with me because I take important notes and later on started practicing. Everything was clearly instructed and their pictures that were quite helpful to see whether I was following correctly or not. Honestly this is the best book I have found on letter brushing because I have had a few others but none match to the lucid manner in which this book was written.
I followed the instruction and started out with small words not more than five letters and I can say that with each attempt, its getting a little bit easier and the words are starting to appear less and less wobbly.
This book makes me want to sit down and dive into a project, I LOVE a book that has the ability to stir up the creative juices and make you feel inspired!... Overall I enjoy this book and can’t wait to tackle some of the projects, especially the water color name cards and envelopes! :)NetGalley, Lucia Carr
Beautiful photos from this book. I enjoy seeing the brush lettering on anything. This book offers you varieties of how or where you can do a brush lettering. You can do it in a mirror, or in a cup of tea, or DIY calender. There is no limit to this. Once you master it, you can do it anywhere you like. This book is great to help you if you want to start lettering.NetGalley, Alfi Yusrina
The instructions were very clear and the book was well laid out and beautifully photographed.NetGalley, Beth Kirchenberg
The writing was simple and to the point to help make sure instructions and directions are clear to understand. I love that vibe that the writer wants to help keep her audience calm, especially if they aren't perfect at it quite yet. Which is so lovely and inspiring!... I found this book very quite, helpful, and personal. As I said, it felt like she was just talking to me as opposed to me reading and that is what really made me love it.NetGalley, Romma Andrews