“Written By Hand” by Erica Tighe


Back in my younger years, before I had children, I loved to spend my spare time crafting.  I find it very relaxing to sit down at the table with a set of paints, a glue gun or a sketch pad. Written By Hand published by Rock Point Press and sold by Quarto Books would be the perfect gift for a person like me. 🙂  

The first thing I thought of when I flipped through Written By Hand by Erica Tighe was “this is perfect for Christmas cards!”  I often receive beautiful hand made cards by friends or family and this book would be awesome for learning all the gorgeous lettering that those cards always have.  And for those people that still hand write greetings in cards this is one way to really make it special.

Many people believe that the art of handwriting is dying.  And perhaps it is….I am one of those people that still finds value in handwriting and learning how to do it beautifully and carefully.  Taking the time to write something slowly and in proper cursive is a nice way to slow down in a busy world.

The book gives some fun facts about your handwriting style.  For example, pointed letters means you are more aggressive and very intelligent.  A slant to the right in your writing means you are open to new experiences. Graphology is the study of handwriting analysis.  You learn something new every day!

The book gives you a chance to do some writing and then evaluate your own style.  It is kind of fun to learn a little about yourself; especially in a way that you usually don’t give much attention to. 

There are tips on how to grasp a writing utensil and the book teaches you about spacing, sizing, types of lined paper and of course, types of fonts. There are many many practice pages so that you can try the letters and numbers multiple times….Until you have it mastered. 🙂  It was actually really fun to sit and practice making “fancy” letters.  It isn’t as hard as it looks!  My six year old son loves to sit and draw and often makes his writing projects with fancy letters so he was awestruck over this book. He can’t wait to get his hands on it to learn how to make cool fonts.

If you know of someone looking to improve their handwriting or printing this book may help them out.  There are also some neat writing prompts at the back of the book to encourage creative writing, which of course, allows the practice of handwriting. 😉  My favourite is “Write out your fantasy grocery list” Ha!

Do you have a crafty person on your holiday shopping list this year? Maybe this is the gift for them! You can find it here.

Happy writing! 😉



  1. Neat! I could definitely use some cursive writing tips and ideas!

  2. I thought about about learning different scripts at one time, the key is finding the time to do it.

  3. kathy downey says:

    This would be perfect i could use some tips

  4. nice! i will check this book now!

  5. Tammy Dalley says:

    I could use this! Looks like a great book. I have always wanted to learn to write cursive

  6. Darlene Demell says:

    I am online so much that I need some handwriting practice for sure.

  7. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    When I was in primary school about 7 years old, we learnt not only cursive but also Old English and Italics. Both have stood me in good stead for all these years and I still have the book and pen that I used 60 yrs ago and do sometimes use these writing forms especially Italics.

  8. I too did much more crafting when young. Love that write a fantasy grocery list.

  9. Looks like this book has great ideas for writing letters, making signs, and other beautiful hand-written items!

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