CM May 24, 
1996. Vol. II, Number 32

image Lettering:
     Make Your Own Cards, Signs, Gifts and More.

Amanda Lewis.
Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1996. 48pp.
Paper, $5.95. ISBN: 1-55074-232-9.
Cloth, $16.99. ISBN: 1-55074-312-0.

Subject Headings:
Lettering-Juvenile literature.
Handicraft-Juvenile literature.

Grades 3 - 7 / Ages 8 - 12.
Review by Lorraine Douglas.




Use the suggestions and ideas in this book to create lettering projects of your own. Look at books, ads, magazines and posters to see how letters are used. You'll find that letters come in thousands of shapes and sizes. Be a letter collector -- if you see lettering you like, trace or copy it and keep it to use later. Experiment with different sizes, styles, tools and papers to invent new kinds of lettering. Most of all, enjoy the power in your fingers -- the power to communicate your ideas on paper.

THE "KIDS CAN CRAFT" series is known for its appealing and reasonably priced titles, and this new addition to the series is exciting. Lewis, a professional calligrapher, offers children an easy entrance into calligraphy by showing how to use double pencils with colouring for large signs and banners. She next demonstrates Gothic letters using a nib or felt markers.

image      Lewis's instructions are very clear and much better than those found in the Usborne book of Calligraphy Projects by Fiona Watt and Anna Rowley (Usborne, 1994). She also explains Versals and shows how to use them in bookmarks, labels, and gift tags. For each project, a list of requirements is included -- and many of the supplies are modest in price or found around the house.

     Several projects will catch the eye of adult calligraphers -- especially the 3-D letter tower and jewellery made of baking clay. There's also lots of good information on using coloured pencils, design principles, and layout for the computer.

     The projects are much easier than those in the Usborne Book of Calligraphy Projects, and both beginning and advanced students should find success in completing them.

Highly recommended.

Lorraine Douglas is Youth Services Coordinator for Winnipeg Public Library, and is also a calligrapher and book artist.

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