Book Review: The Hand Lettering Workbook by Amanda Kammarada

A hands-on workbook for the art of hand lettering

From original wall hangings to ornate invitations, hand lettering―or the art of drawing letters―allows you to slow down and get creative by crafting elegant works of art with your own hands. Perfect for letterers of any level, The Hand Lettering Workbook is your how-to guide to hand draw letters, showing you how simple and calming lettering can be.

An easy-to-follow overview explores the core principles of hand lettering, including some need-to-know typography terms. Each section takes you step-by-step through forming upper and lower cases of a variety of alphabet styles and hand-lettered fonts, as well as plenty of useful practice pages.
Then, you’ll pull it all together with a helpful chapter on connecting letters to form words and adding embellishments to create something inspirational and whimsical.

The Hand Lettering Workbook includes:

Pen to paper―Step-by-steps and fill-in practice sheets take you from A to Z through 7 different alphabet styles, including hand-lettered fonts.
Connect the dots―Practice connecting letters and making words, along with embellishments like bounces, ligatures, flourishes, and more.
Artist toolkit―Learn about the right tools for hand lettering with advice on the difference between monoline, brush, and water pens, and a dive into the types of markers, chalk, and pencils.
Add some elegance and creativity to your words with the unique and beautiful art of decorative hand lettering and calligraphy.

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I’ve always admired those who could write fancy lettering, so I jumped at the chance to get this workbook to learn hand lettering. It was a good choice.

Before starting, chapter 1 explains the different types of lettering, writing tools to use, and definitions of different parts of letters. The Hand Lettering Workbook has step-by-step instructions and plenty of practice sheets to try the different letter styles. Once you learn the basics, you can add embellishments, many of which are here for you to practice on. Once you’re finished with the workbook, you should be able to make some amazing projects!

I am not artistic at all but I’m slowly going through this workbook. I’m learning to relax and let the letters flow. If you’re a beginner looking for something to help you learn fancy lettering, this is a good place to start.

About the Author

Amanda Kammarada is a hand lettering artist and mom of two, residing in Tampa, FL. She is an ambassador for Tombow USA and a designer for private clients, who include Mixbook and Denik, in addition to her online shop. Since 2017, Amanda has taught in-person brush lettering classes that give students the skills to get started and the confidence to continue learning.

Amanda uses her lettering to inspire positivity and promote self-love and kindness. When you learn to letter, you unlock the magic of lettering. Words are powerful. Words can inspire, motivate & encourage us. The possibilities are endless and lettering is great for your mental health.

When she isn’t lettering, you can find her at the Florida theme parks on weekends living out her magical dreams or at home snuggling her dog Luna. Amanda is a Hufflepuff, lover of chocolate and coffee, yoga and spending time with her family.