Amy Latta – She’s on Fire

Amy Latta is passionate about inspiring her online community by sharing honest inspiration for everyday life. On her award-winning blog
amylattacreations.com, you’ll find all kinds of craft and do-it-yourself (DIY) projects anyone can create. Amy is happiest when crafting, and when she’s not covered in paint, you can find her working on hand lettered art and professional design collaborations. Her original lettered designs have been featured nationally in GAP stores and Starbucks commercials. As a former high school English teacher and a ballroom, Latin, and swing dance instructor, Amy is familiar with teaching and uses those skills to break lettering down into a process that anyone can understand and achieve. Amy is a lifelong Maryland girl and a McDaniel College alumna who loves spending time with her husband and two sons.

ON YOUR PASSION: “Every person has some form of creativity to express. Even those who think they have no artistic ability or have no idea where to begin can create beautiful things. My passion is to help make that happen! On my website and in my books, I break hand lettering skills down into simple steps anyone can follow. There’s something incredibly rewarding about seeing someone discover the joy of a new hobby or create something they’re proud to display in their home.”

ON YOUR MOTIVATION: “We live in an increasingly digital and technology-based world. We are surrounded by graphic design and countless fonts to choose from online. Hand lettering gives us the opportunity to put down our screens for a while and make something with our hands. It reconnects us to the age-old art of putting pen to paper. It also allows us to connect with each other. This is a great hobby for parents and their kids to pursue together!”

ON BEING AN AUTHOR: “When my first book, Hand Lettering for Relaxation, was released in July 2017, it was a dream come true. I always wanted to be an author, and the knowledge that my book was going to help inspire creativity around the world was incredibly exciting. There are many lettering books on the market, but I (along with Page Street Publishing Co.) worked really hard to make this one stand out. Each chapter has a sample design at the beginning, followed by step by step instructions, practice space, and finally a blank, bordered page where readers recreate the design themselves. After seeing tons of reader photos of their children, grandchildren, and young friends using the book, I decided to create Express Yourself, a children’s version of a hand lettering workbook, where they’d learn similar skills while lettering quotes that appealed to a younger audience. On April 23, my newest book, Hand Lettering for Laughter released. It follows the same format but has funny quotes and teaches new techniques for lettering and design.

ON WHAT’S NEXT?: “Ever since my first publishing deal, my goal was to write a book that showed people how to take this hobby and use it for Bible Journaling. Over the past six months, I’ve been busy writing book number four: Hand Lettering for Faith. It’s by far my favorite of all my projects and I can’t wait to hold it in my hands! I’ve also been busy teaching workshops locally as well as on a national level.

For more information, visit amylattacreations.com.

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