Starting with the ABCs

Photos by Sofia Lorenzo / Co-written with Adrienne Tan & Jasmine Dy


“There’s always a first time for everything”, I wrote on the first page of the first chapter of my book. And on that note, starting something doesn’t have to take so much effort – it only means to just start, and see where things go from there.

The ABCs of Hand Lettering was created out of my love for art and letters – and it still deems to be one of the best milestones I’ve had as an artist (you can read more about my story here). It’s been more than a month since we’ve launched the book and we are very grateful for everyone’s support! Yay! *confetti* It feels amazing to know how much you guys appreciate my work and how some have really made their efforts to purchase a copy (it’s currently sold out but we’ve been reprinting new copies, don’t you worry!). Thanks everyone!

For those who are curious with what The ABCs of Hand Lettering is all about, here’s a quick peek of what you can find inside my book.

Week1-AMaterials-2Ever find yourself in an art supplies store mixed up and rattled about what to purchase for your lettering practice? We’ve all been there but now, you can save yourself the struggle. In Chapter 1, I draw and share the definitions, differences, and some quick tips on the essential materials to get you started, as well as the basic terminologies and definitions of type.


The second chapter focuses on the different font styles and pages of alphabet sets for you to practice with. As I always say during my workshops, the main goal of hand lettering is to turn letters into visual art, and making them stand out from there.

I also share snippets of my process in creating font styles and layouts in the book. From the mixing and matching, visualizing and experimenting involved in drafting, to visual blueprints I picture in creating layouts, to the fun of combining styles, inking, and finally embellishing.


I’ve also created spreads of quotes for the book to serve as a guide on the variety of styles you can experiment with using ink and watercolor.



photo from Googly Gooeys

In Chapter 4, beyond the technicalities of type, you can discover other artists’ works and stories. Find out more about them and the stories behind their work and get inspired to start your own creative journey.


Lastly, make your mark and make it a good one. Once you’ve found your own style, you can take it a step further and share your work to a larger audience because this creates more opportunities for you. But I know it isn’t always the easiest thing putting yourself and your art out there. So in Chapter 5, I’ve listed down some tips for when you document, post, curate, and share your portfolio online and to the rest of the world.


I hope you grab a copy of my book! It’s P295 at National Bookstore, Fully Booked, Powerbooks – and you can find some at the grocery or convenience stores, too. It’s also available online via Buqo for those living outside the Philippines. We’re currently working on making it available internationally at some key places – more announcements on that soon! :)

By the way, you’re invited!

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I’ll be having a book signing next week at National Bookstore Trinoma from 1-5PM. You may already bring copies of books you previously purchased and have them signed by me. I hope to see you there! :)


Also, before I forget, The ABCs of Hand Lettering is on Goodreads (waaaaaaa omg)! Would love to see your ratings & reviews – you can check it out here.

Have a great month and week ahead, everyone!

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11 Responses to “Starting with the ABCs”

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  6. Veronika
    October 31, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Please send it to Indonesia, Abbey Sy. I am into hand-lettering and your works really inspire me and motivate me to start mine!

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