Tuesday, January 22, 2019

A Dangle a Day

A Dangle a Day is a new tutorial guide for helping add more structured whimsy to writing and lettering. Author Angela Porter is well known for intricate coloring books for adults. Released 15th January 2019 by Quarto on their Race Point imprint, it's 144 pages and available in paperback format.

I'm not an artist (I'm a bioengineer).  I do however feel the need to have creativity in my life. I have spent a fair bit of time with doodling, zentangles, painting, calligraphy and journaling.  This book is a natural partner for all of those.  I've also always been in love with illuminated manuscripts. This is sort of a doodling version of the idea of illuminated letters.

The book is logically straightforward in layout, which really appealed to me. After a short introduction and definition of dangles and what they are, there's a short section on materials which leads into a discussion of bullet journaling and how dangles can enhance the process.

After the intro, the book's divided into two main sections: dangle letters and numerals, and a seasonal tutorial collection for year-round decorating.  These would make lovely cards or envelope decorations. I've been trying to write more actual letters lately and these are wonderful for embellishing.

A fair amount of page content is given over to practice pages ('Now it's your turn').  Despite this, the book is full of intricate and appealing designs.

The author's writing style is informal, encouraging, and supportive.

Four stars. Fun!

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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