October 14, 2014

Reviewing "DIY Type" by Dana Tanamachi


"DIY Type" by Dana Tanamachi is a very unique book filled with two sizes of beautiful typographic stencils.  The book cover is actually one of the neatest crafty book covers I've seen as it has fun cut-outs that allow you to see through it.  I also love colorful hombre style.
The first 14 pages of the book first include the story of the author's journey toward a passion for artistic lettering, followed by pages of project ideas with supply lists and example photos.  I love her ideas for the multitude of projects inspired by the stencils, and actually would have liked to see 20 or 30 more pages of fun projects.  My favorite sections are the "Party" and "Home" sections, and I also like the idea of decorating the front of my journals or perhaps some stationery.
This book is very much on trend, as the phenomenon of chalk lettering has exploded along with the Pinterest boom. Since the practice of freehand fancy lettering isn't in my wheelhouse, I find these stencils to be a very helpful and fun tool that I look forward to using for parties and for home decor.  I would recommend this to anybody looking to do some DIY lettering projects, even if you've never tried it before.  The book will inspire you to get started on all of those fun things you've seen as you were scrolling through Pinterest.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. 

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