I love handwriting and hand lettering and all things hand written. I love fonts, and I love getting to practice new fonts.
I get asked to address envelopes for weddings and holidays all the time, and I LOVE it.
Fancy writing is really quite easy, and today I want to show you how to take the plunge if you haven’t practiced hand lettering before, OR give you a few tips if you are a hand-writing-lover like me!
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If you are going to be making a sign, consider the type of material you want to write on. It doesn’t only have to be a chalkboard to work. I often use black wrapped canvases like these, and I prefer them.
I choose to use chalkboard markers over actual chalk. And I MUST have a chisel-tip!!! I used these VersaChalk markers for my friend’s wedding chalkboards, and they turned out so well. The colors were perfect because they’re more natural, not as shocking and crazy as some of the neon-colored packs you see at the craft supply store!! I also like the Bistro Chalk Markers, but I have a harder time finding them – usually just at JoAnn’s if I’m lucky.
An actual chalkboard is nice, but I feel like the canvas absorbs the ink in a different way, and gives it more character. The chalkboards can sometimes be too crisp. (Which I think is an example of irony… making a chalkboard design, but not on an actual chalkboard because it doesn’t look chalkboard-y enough?!)
First what you need to do is decide what the heck you’re going to write. See: Pinterest (here’s my Typography board!). You may want to practice on some paper first, get the spacing right, see how you like the word placement. For example, maybe you think that you want to write two words next to each other, but once you write it on paper, you might decide it looks better with one word on each line.
So you’ll have your canvas and your chisel-tip chalk marker. (La Croix optional, but suggested!)
Next, start with the out line and main focus of what you want the board to be. For example, my board I’m making today says Mr. & Mrs. – so I’m going to start with that, not the flourishes and little extra stuff.
So I got it all drawn out.
Next, you will start to outline the letters. The trick here is to only make the writing “thicker” where your “down stroke” with the pen would have been. This makes it look more like you’re doing legit calligraphy.
See how it’s double-lined in some areas? Next, you’ll fill that in. (Although I think the double-lined thickness does look kind of cool and I have stopped with that before!)
And for the final touches, I drew the thinnest line possible on the left sides of the letters. This give it a cool, more dimensional look. I also added in some flourishes and border things. Pinterest is another good resource for getting flourish inspo.
I probably could have kept going on this one, but decided to keep it more on the simple side!