The ultimate guide to chalk lettering and design, by a rewned chalk artist: 60 step-by-step lessons with full-colour photos, three foldout chalkboards for practice, and 12 projects including a birthday greeting, a holiday design, and fun signage for a party. Learn to create gorgeous hand-drawn letterforms in 14 different styles (including ribbon, wester, circus, retro and more!) and develop your own personal look with flourishes, banners and other illustration techniques. Start with the basics (how to write your name, design a chalk layout, create a mogram), add charming details (illustrations like flowers and swflakes), and graduate to wonderfully creative projects including a study in heart shaped lettering, and inspirational quote in whimsical script, a coffee shop-inspired bake sale sign, greeting cards for birthdays and other occasions, festive projects for the holidays, and three different projects for a backyard blowout party (including a right-on-trend Photo Booth sign!) The book incudes three hardcover flaps lined with chalkboard paper so readers can practicee while they read. This is a book for a trend-conscious crafter, aspiring designer, and tebook doodler of any age. This is an adult book with tremendous crossover appeal for teens and older kids.
Chalkboard artist and hand letterer Valerie McKeehan has been drawing and illustrating since childhood. Her passion for commercial; art began simply and without pretense: producing hand-lettering signs for her father's business. Drawn to the simplicity of chalk and nostalgia that it inpspires, she opened her online chalkboard boutique, Lily and Val, in 2012. Whimsical and undeniably handcrafted, her designs are honest and authentic, at home with their imperfections and unique character. Working out of her home studio in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at a desk constructed by her husband, she lovingly creates peach piece entirely by hand, from sketch to slate, illustrating inspirational quotations or simply depicting everyday subjects that inspire her work like coffee and cooking. Valerie's work has been featured in many publications and noteworthy blogs including: Country Living.com. Buzz Feed, Life & Style, and many more.