As a professional calligrapher, I was looking for a more refined approach to making fun letters. The "zentangle"
word seemed lacking for letters . . . somehow. I'm glad to see that Fink uses instead "interest, texture" and "patterning"
(which are more artistic and accurate terms to describe how she applies whimsy and dimension to her art).
It's a beautiful, easy to follow, and inspirational book for all levels. It IS addictive! Her integrative simplicity
(especially in using color) sets her apart as a designer. Creating the letters, at least for me, takes a little time and
redoing to get them right. I was reluctant to "sketch" for weight, but that is precisely what makes the letters charming.
Her letters have a lot of energy and emotion even though they are carefully and skillfully created. A kind of "disciplined
Very helpful are Fink's detailed descriptions of tools and materials, pen techniques, watercolors, and the sequence
of making the letters. Another reviewer felt that information on YouTube was repetitious with the book. Not so.
It's always helpful to watch a demo, but then have notes and printed examples to refer to as you work.
Fink presents a lot of variety in the book and at the highest level I've seen so far. I would like to say, however, that
while I like most Sakura pens, there are other pens superior to Sakura Micron if you have a heavy hand. The Microns
are better for those who are blessed with a light touch. If you hang on for dear life, try Sakura's Pigma Sense or Zig
Millenium. Both are also longer lasting.
I hope Fink is working on more books! This one will bring you joy!