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By Hand: The Art of Modern Lettering (Paperback)

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I've paged through dozens of books on handlettering (You may have noticed that they are in abundance, lettering is having a moment.) What sets this one apart is Nicole. She has you start out simply by making patterns and then guides you along to writing on different materials. She encourages you to keep that first sheet so you can eventually see how far you've come. I love the projects and found the photos to be clear and helpful.  Most of all, Nicole's enthusiasm is infectious. Bring in your projects and we can compare notes. Don't forget to grab some pens while you're here, that's part of the fun! 

— From Beth's Picks


Learn the beauty and joy of modern lettering with By Hand, a thoughtful collection of projects and lessons to bring unique, handmade designs into your life, home, and gatherings.

In a world of screens and social media, people are constantly searching for ways to reconnect to the handmade and the authentic-to add a personal spark and a beautiful look to everyday objects and occasions. The art of modern lettering is a point of connection, a way of crafting letters and words into something that delights the eyes and feeds the soul. With unique projects, a gorgeous exposed spine and lay-flat binding, and an Instagram-worthy aesthetic, By Hand provides an inspirational jumping-off point for readers who want to incorporate lettering into a slower, more intentional lifestyle.

Blending the aspirational and the instructional, By Hand brings the beauty of lettering beyond the page, through 30 distinct projects, from watercolor placecards to cozy pillows. Relatable lessons introduce readers to the essentials of lettering, including tools (brush pens, brushes, and paint pens), essential lessons, and developing a personal style, with the warm and welcoming approach of popular Instagram letterer Nicole Miyuki Santo. Encouraging lessons sprinkled throughout the book add a touch of mindfulness, while bright, airy photography and step-by-step lettered samples make this lovely volume a stunning approach to an on-trend pastime.

About the Author

Nicole Miyuki Santo is a freelance artist, graphic designer, and teacher. Since 2015, she has taught in-person hand-lettering workshops, empowering her students, from children to adults, to tap into their creativity and develop their own unique voices. She resides in Los Angeles, California. Visit her online at or on Instagram @nicolemiyuki.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780762463411
ISBN-10: 0762463414
Publisher: Running Press Adult
Publication Date: April 24th, 2018
Pages: 272
Language: English