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by Mike Meyer & Friends
192 pages, hardcover, $35
Published by Laurence King
laurenceking.com

Sign Painting, created by Mike Meyer of signwriting company Better Letters, offers practical help and inspiration for both aspiring and seasoned letterers alike. With roughly 80 pages filled with written instructions on common sign-painting techniques, the book begins with an introductory section that covers the painter’s toolkit and brush care and explains helpful tools like rests and pounces. Meyer offers a solid beginner’s toolkit list, encompassing everything a first-timer could need, but smaller lists—like beginner’s brushes—pepper the pages in case a painter wants to buy as they go. Need to learn the basics of holding and manipulating a paintbrush? A section titled “Core Techniques” is filled with simple line drawings of hands holding a brush and arrows directing how to guide it across a surface. Small sidebars of “Mike’s Tips” explain the finer points of the craft or show off Meyer’s inventive ways of preserving his mediums and tools. One such example: Meyer suggests repurposing an old refrigerator to store opened paint cans in the winter as a way to insulate them and preserve the paint. The final section of the book—and nearly half its pages—is a selection of alphabets by design professionals from all over the world. Some of the alphabets don’t have a clear connection to classic sign painting but may be useful to some letterers nonetheless. Regardless of whether readers are sign painters, any creative can glean more efficient ways of working from Meyer’s generous advice about the trade. —Haniya Rae

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