Review: The Art of Words

I pre-ordered a copy of The Art of Words by Valerie Wieners.  It arrived Thursday, and I haven’t been able to put the book down.  I have had so much fun doing all the lettering practice in the book.

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I have several books on lettering, but this is my favorite so far.  I love it because Valerie includes several different alphabets with pages to trace and pages to practice.  She then shows you how to combine the different alphabets to create fun works of art with letters.  Most of the books I have on lettering suggest adding flourishes, but I’ve always been clueless how to add flourishes that look right.  I love that Valerie explains how to add flourishes to letters, and also, which letters are the best to flourish.

She provides many lettering project ideas in the book:  hand lettered tags and cards, wrapping paper, signs, painted canvas, scrap book pages, and bible journaling.  At the end of the book, there are pages to trace and color and background illustrations for lettering projects.  The hand lettering examples are filled with verses of scripture and encouraging words.  The book is beautiful, but most of all it is extremely inviting and makes hand lettering simpler.

Here’s one of the practice pages.  Making “fake calligraphy” is really pretty easy!

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Putting it all together, after practicing all the alphabets in the book, I picked a Bible verse that was quoted to me recently by a friend in my Bible Study:  “I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten.”  I’ve been thinking about the verse ever since the lady said it.

All of us probably have years which feel a bit like they were consumed by swarming locusts.  Despite all God’s admonitions not to worry, we may find ourselves losing sleep over relationships, work/money, sickness (either our own or the illness of someone we hold dear), or other frustrations.  The verse suggests a willingness on the part of God to restore these years to us.  God is faithful and good.  With God, we always have hope and a future.  He will turn our weeping into joy.

I may have been a little over-zealous in my use of flourishes, but I had fun making this page (and received some peaceful assurance in the process!)

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