Whimsical Lettering with Joann Sharpe

I love to use words in my work so what could be better than a book on creative lettering to add a bit of punch to your watercolors and journals?  This book is a fun and easy way to pump up your lettering.  Joanne has a way of adding flair to your writing in a creative way.  This book is a must have!


The Art of Whimsical Lettering - jacket art

The Art of Whimsical Lettering

By Joanne Sharpe

Interweave/F+W Media; $24.99

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I thought it would be fun to ask the ever so talented Joanne Sharpe a couple of questions about her art and lettering …

Interview with Joanne Sharpe




When did you start being interested in lettering?

I’ve done hand lettering with my art since high school, when i kept piles of art journals recording quotes with markers.



Did you have good handwriting in school?

Actually, yes, pretty decent!  As i got older, my thoughts began to overrun with ideas and i could never write fast enough.  It became a little messy and scattered at times.


When given the choice do you print or use cursive?

I always, always combine the two in my writing.  I might start in cursive, then add printed letters as the words are formed.


If you could use one writing implement which one would you choose?

A black, fine tip, permanent, pigment pen like a Pitt or Micron.


What is your favorite medium to work with?
Without a doubt watercolor and pen and ink.


Do you keep a journal or a sketchbook and if so what kind?

It’s probably no surprise that i keep several journals for my many creative moods.  My favorite is the Strathmore Visual journals, as they are reasonably priced and i never have any fear about “wrecking” the journal with play and experimenting.


I am giving away a copy of Joanne’s fabulous new book to one lucky winner!
But if that wasn’t sweet enough Joanne is giving away a copy of mine as well!


Hope on over to her blog to enter!
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