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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BB Hardback with gold foil on title
  • Publication: 01 August 2018
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782216643
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 217x230 mm
  • Illustrations: 500
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: £12.99
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Lettering with Love


The simple art of handwriting with watercolour embellishment by Sue Hiepler & Yasmin Reddig

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This exquisite book by the founders of the studio May & Berry shows you how to create beautiful messages through the combination of hand lettering and watercolour. Broken down into easy-to-follow stages, you will soon learn how to use different pens and inks to produce gorgeous lettering, embellished with simple yet stunningly effective watercolour motifs.

This practical book guides you gently through the materials and tools you need to get started, and sets you on your hand-lettering journey with some simple exercises. There are then ten pretty step-by-step projects for you to try, after which you’ll be confidently creating your own handwritten artworks that you can display on your wall, send as notecards to loved ones, or use to decorate your journals and scrapbooks.  

At the back of the book there is a treasure trove of gorgeous botanical-style motifs and borders along with four delightful alphabets created by the authors in a variety of scripts perfect for gently encouraging beginners and inspiring more experienced hand-lettering artists to play with new designs and styles. This is followed by six handy worksheets on which to practise your letter-writing technique.

You'll soon find that hand lettering with watercolour is quick and fun to learn, and a wonderful skill that will bring you joy for many years to come.

Table of Contents

Introduction 3

Chapter 1: Good to know
Anatomy of letters of letters are explored along with essential materials, techniques and handy advice

Chapter 2: Let's get started
Discover ten stunning projects to paint yourself and learn how to hand letter and paint as you go

Chapter 3: Creative Treasure Trove
Exercises for drawing and painting your letters included, along with several alphabets for different script styles. In addition is a gallery of gorgeous botanical motifs, from flowers to cacti, for inspiration and tracing.


The authors

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About the Author

About Sue Hiepler

Sue Hiepler is a freelance illustrator, born and based in the beautiful town of Bonn in Germany. After graduating in communication design and completing her studies with a qualification in illustration, Sue was an art director for three years at an international PR agency before deciding to open her own studio in the spring of 2017. Under the name " May & Berry", Sue and her business partner Yasmin Reddig produce and sell their stunning artwork here, as well as giving regular workshops on drawing and calligraphy. It is through this studio that Sue can explore and share her passion for hand lettering and illustration.

About Yasmin Reddig

German-born Yasmin Reddig spent most of her life in South America until 2012 when, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she discovered and fell in love with typography and calligraphy during her university studies. Hand lettering became her greatest passion, and it was this revelation that led Yasmin to return to her native Germany and start her own business. In Bonn, Germany, their passion for hand-drawn words, in connection with watercolour illustrations, drew her and fellow illustrator Sue Hiepler together to start "May & Berry Studios", and it is here that they both sell their beautiful artwork and host watercolour and illustration workshops.


Craft Focus

Written by Sue Hiepler and Yasmin Reddig, Lettering with Love shows readers how to create beautiful messages using a combination of hand lettering and watercolours. Broken down into easy steps, the guide demonstrates ways in which to use different pens and inks to create stunning effects. There's also 10 step-by-step projects and useful worksheets on which to practice. The book retails at £12.99.

Woman Alive magazine

Hand lettering - the art of combining beautifully drawn letters and watercolour illustrations - is becoming increasingly popular. Relatively easy to learn, the technique lends itself to creating lovely homemade artwork, beautiful journal pages or delicate painted notes and cards for friends and family. 

Lettering with Love advises on the basic tools and techniques, with step-by-step instructions for a range of different projects. 

Craft Focus Magazine Dec 2018/Jan 2019

This exquisite book from the founders of the May & Berry studio shows readers how to create beautiful messages using hand lettering and water-colours. Broken down into easy-to-follow stages, the title explains how to use different pens and inks to produce gorgeous lettering, embellished with simple yet stunningly effective watercolour motifs. There are 10 projects inside, all with step-by-step instructions, and at the back of the book there's a treasure trove of botanical-style motifs and borders together with four delightful alphabets created by authors Sue Hiepler and Yasin Reddig. 


Say it like you mean it with a beautiful combination of hand lettering and watercolour painting. In an age of keyboards, printers and the Internet the very idea of writing something out by hand and decorating it makes it less instant and consequently a lot more special. Grab anything you can write with and some watercolours and get ready to make your mark.

I confess to having had a go at real calligraphy using ink and a special pen and not getting very far with it. This book is all about a different method, known as faux calligraphy which is far simpler and less rule-bound. Basically it is about forming letters using first a pencil, and then any type of pen, brush or marker you like. The book starts by explaining all this and listing what you need; all fairly basic items most people (especially those into art or craft) already own. The faux calligraphy method is explained simply with a few examples, and then follows a short section about watercolouring. The rest of the book contains lovely projects which combine the two and are all about enjoying yourself and going with the flow when working, rather than worrying about perfection. Most of the painted embellishments are floral in nature, celebrating the garden. Instructions are given throughout on how to form the loose and flowing plants, and there are several lettering styles to try too. The book has hard covers so opens out neatly and stays obligingly flat for easy reference when working. Turn to the back for several alphabets to copy for practice plus some floral wreaths, pot plants, single blooms plus a few cacti. Working through all this is a great way of getting into the style, and it is a fun way of relaxing and producing something beautiful. The projects in here include pictures for walls and greetings cards, all of which can be resized and used as a starting point for your own ideas. I love something that is a bit different, and I havent seen a book on this subject before. A great way of saying what you want and getting creative that does not need a lot of outlay for materials.

Postcard Reviews

Not only is this a beautiful book to look at, it is filled with some stunning examples of watercolour artwork and hand lettering, that is both inspiring and easy to achieve with a little practice. Simple step by step instructions show you how to create a piece of artwork that will be perfect to give as a gift or to decorate your home. You do not need an expensive array of tools, just a pencil and some watercolour paints to get started will suffice. I love the idea of decorating journals, my love of papercrafting will really benefit with what I learn from this lesson in paint and ink. 

There is a gallery of painted flowers to encourage creativity and also included are lettering in both upper and lower case, as well as practice pages to help you develop your style. Lettering with Love is exquisite. It is wonderfully presented and would make a delightful gift. It is definitely on list of things to buy for my crafty friends. 

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