Happy Book Lover’s Day! If you love to read AND get your craft on, we have a treat for you today. We’re sharing 22 fantastic art and craft books that will be sure to spark your creativity. And the best part? You can use Tombow products to create the art and DIY projects you find in each of these books!
We’ve listed them below in alphabetical order by the author’s last name, since some of the authors have several books we love! For each book, we’ve also provided our recommendations for the best Tombow products to pair with that book. Got a favorite art or craft book we missed? Let us know what it is in the comments!
1. Amanda Arneill – My Church Lettering Journal: A Keepsake
Description from Publisher: From artist Amanda Arneill comes a perfect keepsake for storing your inspired notes and hand lettering creations. With an introduction from the artist herself and a how-to section of tips to inspire your inner hand lettering artist, this fun and trendy journal provides the perfect space for you to reflect on the service each week in your own creative manner. Whether you choose to journal important notes, practice meaningful hand lettering, or doodle in your own artistic manner, this space will provide you a canvas that you can look back on for years to come.
2. Marie Browning – Brush Marker Magic
Description from Publisher: Discover fantastic dual brush marker techniques for any paper craft project. Learn to draw more than 25 motifs with the easy-to-learn “DoodleDab” method.
3. Marie Browning – Pencil Magic
Description from Publisher: Discover simple but sophisticated fine arts techniques to use with both graphite and colored pencils to create beautiful papercrafts, art journals, mixed media, scrapbooks, and more.
4. Marie Browning – Time to Tangle with Colors
Description from Publisher: More than simply coloring regions of a tangle design, this book offers lessons which enable even the novice artist to use a brush pen to color 48 delightful Zentangle animals, plants and flowers.
5. Marie Browning, Sandy Steen Bartholomew, Suzanne McNeill – Joy of Zentangle
Description from Publisher: This essential introduction to Zentangle introduces basic theory and shows how to create a classic tangle in less than 15 minutes. It provides instructions for drawing more than 100 tangles, broken down into easy-to-follow steps.
6. Peggy Dean – Botanical Line Drawing
Description from Author: Line Drawing is an easy art form featuring illustrative, doodle-like designs. It’s used widely among artists of many types with both fine and bold lines, creating different variations. This book walks through drawing very simple doodles, into more elaborate, delicate illustrations, and is easy to follow for all skill levels.
7. Peggy Dean – The Ultimate Brush Lettering Guide
Description from Author: The Ultimate Brush Lettering Guide has something for everyone – from beginners that have never used a brush pen, to seasoned letterers looking for new stylistic, expressive options and ideas. Each lesson builds on itself, unlocking endless opportunities inside the playful art of brush lettering. This book covers it all, from the ever-so-important basics, through a journey of faux calligraphy, a comprehensive brush pen guide along with how they’re used, pages of different alphabet styles, unique flourishes and ligatures, to creative step-by-step DIY projects. Dive in and discover your unique style.
8. Emily Brickel Edison – Sketch and Go: 5-Minute Fashion Illustration
Description from Publisher: Fashion is fast and furious, and fashion illustrators need to work the same way to keep up with the latest trends. Part technique, part sketchbook, Sketch and Go: 5 Minute Fashion Illustration is ideal for beginners looking to learn tips and tricks for sketching fashion illustrations, both quickly and on the go. First, you’ll learn basic fashion illustration skills and practical techniques for inspired “live fashion sketching.”
9. Tim Jeffs – Intricate Ink Animals in Detail Coloring Book
Description from Publisher: Using black ink pens and colored pencils, American artist and illustrator Tim Jeffs is creating a veritable ink zoo of intricately drawn animals. Ever intrigued by their diversity and complexity, Jeffs strives to capture his subjects’ essence in his portraits. He begins each drawing with extensive research into a given animal’s conservation status, habitats, habits, and physical appearance. He then closely studies its skin or fur but lets artistic license dictate the patterns, textures, and colors he applies. He enjoys “having the control of making it my own creation, and not just another photograph.” Jeffs does, however, pay photorealistic attention to drawing each creature’s eyes, which “give it a personality, express emotion and let the animal tell its own story as it looks back at the viewer.”
Pairs well with: Irojiten Colored Pencils
10. Tim Jeffs – Intricate Ink Animals in Detail Volume 2
Description from Publisher: With this second volume of Intricate Ink: Animals in Detail, Tim Jeffs fuels his drive to create a collaboration between himself, an artist with a lifelong love of animals, and colorists around the world. In addition to providing creative fulfillment, his highly detailed illustrations have garnered worldwide attention as they raise awareness of and connection with the animal kingdom.
Pairs well with: Irojiten Colored Pencils
11. Shelly Kim – Learn to Create Modern Calligraphy Lettering
Publish Date: Oct. 31, 2017; available now for pre-order
Description from Publisher: Learn to write in beautiful calligraphy! All the tools you will need are contained in this beautifully designed, highly giftable, tin. Open up to your creativity with this unique and easy to learn approach to modern calligraphy lettering. This kit comes complete with fifty-four cards; twenty-six for upper case letters and twenty-six for lower case letters, as well as helpful tips and tool recommendations. Each card features four to six steps of instruction for each letter on one side, and an ornate example of the letter on the other.
12. Gabri Joy Kirkendall, Laura Lavender, Julie Manwaring, Shauna Lynn Panczyszyn – Creative Lettering and Beyond
Description from Publisher: Creative Lettering and Beyond combines the artistic talents and inspirational tips and tutorials of several professional hand letterers and calligraphers for a dynamic and interactive learning experience.
13. Gabri Joy Kirkendall & Jaclyn Escalera – The Joy of Lettering
Description from Publisher: Gabri Joy Kirkendall (Creative Lettering & Beyond) and Jaclyn Escalera guide readers through a dynamic exploration of the craft, focusing on typography and illuminated letters and numbers using pencil, ink, and marker in a variety of styles and themes. From there, artists will learn how to create letters using a variety of alternative materials and media, such as watercolor, gouache, and wood. Easily customized DIY projects invite artists to finesse their skills as they learn to letter on different types of surfaces while creating lettered murals, stationery, and signage. Packed with creative techniques and easy-to-follow lessons, this all-inclusive resource is a must-have for anyone who wants to learn or grow their expertise in the art of hand lettering.
14. Kelly Klapstein – The Art of Brush Lettering
Publish Date: Dec. 1, 2017; available now for pre-order
Description from Publisher: Popular Instagram brush lettering artist, Kelly Klapstein, takes a simple, serene approach to teaching the art of creating beautiful letterforms with easy to use and richly colored brush pens. Kelly begins by guiding you through the tools you’ll be using, and the best ways to position the arm, hand, and paper.
15. Amy Latta – Hand Lettering for Relaxation
Description from Publisher: Hand Lettering for Relaxation is the perfect way to cultivate calmness and joy while creating beautiful works of art. While hand lettering can look intimidating, artist and blogger Amy Latta has a friendly and down-toearth approach that will give you the confidence to draw impressive designs with ease. Learn how to create a lovely brush-lettered look with easy, no-fail faux calligraphy. Then add pretty embellishments such as vines, roses, banners, ribbons, swirls and feathers that take your designs to the next level. You’ll also get a beginner’s guide to real brush lettering, plus fun print fonts and ways to highlight, shadow or emboss your words. With 46 unique workshops, each with a featured motivational design, you will gain enough proficiency to proudly share your lettered art on social media, make personalized gifts and even decorate your home.
16. Brittany Luiz – Lettering with Purpose
Publish Date: Sept. 1, 2017; available now for pre-order
Description from Publisher: Lettering with Purpose is a beautiful and thoughtful book for anyone interested in developing their own artistic alphabet. Whether you’re hoping to personalize greeting cards, or just enjoy the art, hand lettering is an uplifting and compelling craft to learn.
17. Rachel Wilkerson Miller – Dot Journaling-A Practical Guide
Description from Publisher: Organize your life, record what matters, and get stuff done! What the heck is a dot journal? It’s a planner, to-do list, and diary for every aspect of your life: work, home, relationships, hobbies, everything. Early adopter Rachel Wilkerson Miller explains how to make a dot journal work for you—whether you find the picture-perfect examples on Pinterest inspiring or, well, intimidating. You decide how simple or elaborate your journal will be, and what goes in there: lists of your to-dos, to-don’ts, and more; symbols that will make those lists efficient and effective; spreads to plan your day, week, month, or year; trackers for your habits and goals (think health, money, travel); accoutrements such as washi tape, book darts, and more!
18. Grace Song – Brush Pen Lettering
Description from Publisher: Drawing gorgeous letters, words and phrases with a brush pen doesn’t have to be difficult! Brush Pen Lettering will show you how to create your own unique style. To help you on your lettering journey, this comprehensive how-to guide includes DIY projects, tips and tricks, color photographs, inspiring ideas, step-by-step instructions, and practice sheets.
19. Dawn Nicole Warnaar – Adventures in Lettering
Description from Publisher: Taught by the popular and skilled hand-lettering artist Dawn Nicole Warnaar, Adventures in Letteringcombines creative self-expression and beautiful designs for an exploration of various lettering exercises. This hand-lettering workbook features hand-lettering lessons for beginners, from playing with style and brush calligraphy basics to illustrated hand-lettered designs and lettering styles. Once you’ve mastered the basic techniques, apply them to additional crafts and projects. Adventures in Lettering is the ultimate workshop to get started in the art of hand-lettering!
20. Dawn Nicole Warnaar – Words to Live By
Description from Publisher: Words to Live By is a unique combination of inspirational quotes, hand-lettering tips and techniques, and fun coloring pages. With easy step-by-step lessons in the art of hand lettering and illustration, artists of any age can learn to create beautiful works of letter art. Also included are 24 inspirational perforated coloring pages that can be personalized and displayed, framed, or given as gifts.
21. Dawn Nicole Warnaar – Color Me Inspired: Be Happy
Description from Publisher: Color Me Inspired: Be Happy features 47 designs to color, each with an uplifting, inspirational message. A combination of very simple and more detailed designs allows colorists of all ages to be creative, have fun, and be happy.
Pairs well with: Irojiten Colored Pencils
22. Megan Wells – Hand-Lettering (An Interactive Guide to the Art of Drawing Letters)
Description from Publisher: Hand-lettering has taken the creative world by storm! Learn the basics of drawing letters and words with this fun, accessible, and interactive book! Learn five major hand-lettering styles, then transform your writing into art. Practice pages allow you space to master each letter in every style. Sections demonstrate how to embellish your letters, mix different styles for emphasis and flare, add decorative effects like shading, and combine text and illustration. Easy-to-follow tutorials and sections to trace, color, or complete make hand-lettering approachable for anyone. Project ideas demonstrate ways to brighten everyday items, create striking art, and add a meaningful touch to gifts through hand-lettering. Full-color illustrations and photos throughout.