Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Art of Whimsical Lettering by Joanne Sharpe

I was honored to be asked to review Joanne Sharpe's new book "The Art of Whimsical Lettering."  Joanne is one of the contributing artists of The Sketchbook Challenge, that I have been a part of for the past three years.  I love lettering, and use it frequently in my own work.  You can see by my drop cloth here on the table, words are stenciled on it.

She has done alot of artwork with Copic markers, so I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.  I bought four and clearly that was not enough.  These markers have 2 ends - a broad and a brush and they go on like butter.  Oh my.  I need more.  Could be a new addiction for me.  Adding them to my Amazon wish list right now!

So, from her book showing shadow lettering, I gave it a whirl.  Yes, I need more colors.  Yellow would have been nice, and maybe lime green!  This has a nice look to it.  Her instructions were very easy to follow.

I love the line "Discover the joy of text!?  She has a joyful palette of colors.  This book is full of inspiration, and great ways that you can expand your horizons for adding text to your own work.  Dream it and make it happen.  She has great quotes throughout the book.  Everything from papers to all kinds of journals.  Imagine the possibilities.  And of course, the Copic markers.  There is a great Resource section.  Letters in the round, story strips and even bling!
Fun Contents page - hours of enjoyment await you!  She offers many sample aphabets!

Great ideas that you can incorporate your own artistic style into.  That is what is terrific about this book.  She is paving the way for you to explore, and create your own art!  If you ever wanted to own a book about lettering for your artwork - this is it.  Look no further.

By Joanne Sharpe
Interweave/F+W Media; $24.99


  1. I'm so happy to see your review, Jamie! I have been "eyeing" this book and it looks like one I really need to spend time with.
    Congratulations to Joanne for her lovely book!

  2. It does look like an inspiring book, and I want to try those markers.

  3. Copic markers have been on my wish list for many years. I never bought them because my kids always end up getting into my markers and using them up - now that the babies are 16 . . .hmmm maybe.

  4. I love her book and need to try copic markers too...thanks for sharing....Judith, Texas

  5. Thanks so much for this awesome review Jamie! Sending love and huggs! joanne

  6. Really nice art and i read this article and its tell me how to make different designee of arts and how to teach this subject in class thanks for share it hunter college requirements .

  7. This is a wonderful review and it will surely help me a lot to know more about the subject and get creative ideas. Thank you so much for sharing and I would suggest taking some proofreading services uk
    before publishing a book.

  8. "The Art of Whimsical Lettering" by Joanne Sharpe is a delightful and comprehensive guide to unleashing creativity through the art of lettering. With its playful and accessible approach, Sharpe invites readers into a world where letters become canvases for self-expression and imagination. From basic techniques to advanced embellishments, this book offers a wealth of inspiration and practical advice for aspiring lettering artists of all skill levels. Sharpe's infectious enthusiasm and vibrant artwork leap off the pages, encouraging readers to embrace their unique style and infuse joy into their lettering creations. Whether you're a seasoned artist or a beginner exploring the world of lettering, "The Art of Whimsical Lettering" is a must-have addition to any creative library.
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