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Guide to Creative Handlettering
Italic script is used in French restaurants and adds a touch of sophistication to the menu. Next time you host a celebration meal or a dinner party for friends, why not send your guests an elegant menu in advance so they know what they’ll be eating? They can keep it as a reminder of the evening, too.

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© 2019 Fiona Graham-Flynn / CICO Books · Reproduced with permission. · Guide to Creative Handlettering by Fiona Graham-Flynn, published by CICO Books (£12.99) Images by Geoff Dann © CICO Books
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  • How to create art / a model. A Celebration Menu In French Lettering - Step 1
    Step 1

    Draw a top line 1¼ in. (3.2 cm) from the top of the paper. Now measure in 3⁄8 in. (10 mm) for the left margin. Measure down 5⁄16 in. (8 mm) and draw a base- line, then measure up 3⁄16 in. (5 mm) and draw the x-line. Repeat until you have nine staves, leaving a space of 3⁄8 in. (10 mm) between lines.

  • How to create art / a model. A Celebration Menu In French Lettering - Step 2
    Step 2

    Practice writing the menu with a size C5 nib, starting from the top stave.

  • How to create art / a model. A Celebration Menu In French Lettering - Step 3
    Step 3

    Measure the length of each line of writing. Put pencil marks at the beginning and end of each line, and note down the measurement.

  • How to create art / a model. A Celebration Menu In French Lettering - Step 4
    Step 4

    Find the center of the sheet of parchment paper, and draw a line down. Create the lines as before, but this time ignore the margin and leave a 5⁄8 in. (16 mm) gap between each line of the menu. Center each line of the practice writing, marking the beginning and end of each line you will write.

  • How to create art / a model. A Celebration Menu In French Lettering - Step 5
    Step 5

    Copy out the menu from your practice sheet, taking care to use the same amount of space for each line to keep the menu centered.

  • How to create art / a model. A Celebration Menu In French Lettering - Step 6
    Step 6

    Add a flourish motif at the bottom of the menu to complete it. Rub out the pencil lines when the ink is completely dry.

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