Since I was a pre-teen, I've always loved stationery. Whether it was collecting and swapping pens or spending all my pocket money in Rymans instead of New Look like my friends, I coveted ink over fashion. I also spent hours on the library computer scrolling through font sites, downloading so many free typefaces on floppy disks that my Word program ended up crashing because it couldn't handle loading the entire list! I have such an appreciation for stylised lettering and how choosing the right font can help get a point across, give off a certain impression. It's a form of art!
So basically I saw this book whilst faffing about on Amazon and stopped in my tracks. Two of my favourite things in one- colouring and fonts! I had to have it. Well, I have to say it doesn't disappoint. Not only does it feature many different typefaces, but it gives you background into the creator and the process behind the design and formation. My inner font geek was over the moon!
The book is slightly longer and narrower than A4, with glossy embellishments on the cover and a modern feel to it. The paper is smooth, white, and a decent thickness. Staedtlers, gel pens and Tombows all lay down lovely and don't bleed a bit (I'm not sure I could've handled it if they did, as the book is double-sided and I wasn't about to ruin anything about it!).
There's a brilliant variation of fonts but the nerd in me wanted more! The book features Chinese, Japanese, and Arabic characters, amongst many other foreign alphabets. A couple of the pages feel like filler, such as one page which is just interlocked 'E's, with no style to them at all. This definitely doesn't detriment the book in general; there's such a variety of content in the 128 pages that ignoring a certain few doesn't feel disappointing. There are thick and thin outlines, chunky, gilded fonts and whisper-thin calligraphy.
Here's my finished page, which I absolutely loved doing. I'll be filling in more pages between reviews; it's not a book I can see me putting down for long!
This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. You can find it on Amazon here: