Monday, December 29, 2014

DIY Type by Dana Tanamachi

The cover of Tanamachi's book instantly drew me in with it's whimsical, eye-catching design. The beauty of her handmade lettering stands out among the computer generated graphics that inundate our daily life.

The main thing to be aware of, is that the book is basically a set of two complete alphabet stencils (one larger, one smaller).  In a very concise way, the author packs a lot of tips and visual ideas into a very brief preface to the actual stencils.

Don't skip the intro as you'll be introduced to Ms. Tanamachi and how her business first took root. Rather than just listing supplies that may come in handy for projects, the author has a two-page spread of a full color photograph of suggested tools--all easily acquired (even in my rural area).

The next four double page spreads feature photos, a supply list and practical tips for using the stencils in a variety of ways. Areas include:

  • Desk (ideas for stationary/paper/office)
  • Parties (stenciling a great photo booth background, bunting, and even a cake)
  • Wardrobe (stenciling on fabric--clothing, totes, and more)
  • Home (gift ideas and home ideas to stencil)
Tanamachi then has a page with 8 examples of embellished letters and then 8 examples of chalk letters.  Just enough inspiration to get the reader jazzed and ready to pull out the perforated stencils.  I was very impressed with the heavy, coated cardstock used for the stencils. In addition to the two sizes of letters, there are also some embellishments at the end with lines, corners and dots.  The cover flourishes are actually cut out and could also be used as stencils as well.

The idea of creating a work of art by hand is so important in this day of electronic overload.  Nothing is quite as satisfying as creating a work of beauty without a mouse.  Let Tanamachi teach you how in this wonderful book!

DIY Type can be purchased directly from Random House for $22.95.  Read more about author Dana Tanamachi.  She also has a fascinating website where you can see her in action.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of DIY Type through Blogging for Books for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.

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