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The ultimate guide to chalk lettering and design, by a renowned 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 monogram), add charming details (illustrations like flowers and snowflakes), 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 notebook doodler of any age. This is an adult book with tremendous crossover appeal for teens and older kids.
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Ubiquitous at boutiques and cafes, on Etsy and Pinterest, in stationery and home decor, the art of chalk lettering is hotter than ever. Valerie McKeehan, an Etsy standout whose work has been featured in magazines and websites from Good Housekeeping to RealSimple.com, teaches us everything we need to know to create gorgeous hand-drawn chalk designs. The book is also a practice space, with three foldout "chalkboards" the inside cover and foldout back cover are lined with blackboard paper.

About the Author

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.

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"We've all had handwriting envy before, but Valerie McKeehan teaches us how to up our decorative doodle skills in her chalk lettering book. Follow the steps and your letters will be swooping, swashing, and stroking in no time!" -Justine "In over 60 lessons, learn the ABCs of lettering (literally)..." -Sweet Paul We ve all had handwriting envy before, but Valerie McKeehan teaches us how to up our decorative doodle skills in her chalk lettering book. Follow the steps and your letters will be swooping, swashing, and stroking in no time! Justine In over 60 lessons, learn the ABCs of lettering (literally) Sweet Paul"

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