Thursday, December 19, 2019

How to Draw and Write in Fountain Pen

I received this book from The Experiment for review.  The Experiment is an independent publisher, founded in 2008, committed to publishing a wide range of nonfiction.  Many of their books are highly practical, others are straightforwardly narrative—and some ingeniously combine practical information with narrative gusto.  They’re called The Experiment because every book is a test of new ideas—and because they’re motivated by the curiosity and wonder of the unknown that drive every scientific experiment.  Their books enlighten, empower, and entertain readers with new or freshly presented ideas, stories, and practices.  One denominator common to many of their books is their helping to “detoxify our culture” (to quote the late playwright William Hoffman).  Their scale is intimate, their books far reaching.

How to Draw and Write Fountain Pen ($14.95):  For illustrator Ayano Usamura, her first time drawing in fountain pen was a revelation.  The easy flow of ink spurred her creativity and gave character to every line.  Even the simplest letters and doodles came to life!  Now, with her trusty LAMY Safari in hand, Usamura shares the joy of fountain pens.  You’ll learn to choose the perfect pen (and take good care of it), to simply sketch adorable foods, clothing, plants, and household objects, to write stylishly in block and cursive letters—and create narrow, bold, 3-D, serif, and calligraphy effects, to embellish journals, labels, scrapbooks, and cards with decorative frames and borders and to design layouts that bring all these elements together, and put your personal touch on seven easy crafts!

How to Draw and Write in Fountain Pen includes everything you need to get started.  You'll get pull out practice paper (the paper at the end of the book is just right for pen and ink!), mini tracing booklet (the booklet inside the front cover is filled with sample doodles and designs you can trace for worry free practice) and a handy built in pocket.  You can store the booklet, your drawings, and anything you like inside the back cover pocket.  Just add a fountain pen!

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