Three Reasons to try Hand Lettering Today!
You haven’t tried Hand Lettering yet? No worries – you’re not alone – but I hope after you read this you’ll want to try it!
I’ve always been intrigued with fonts and calligraphy. In fact, I’ve got hundreds of ideas pinned to my “Fonts” board on Pinterest if you’re looking for something:) LOL!
I started seeing “hand lettering” on Pinterest last year and started pinning images because I thought they looked SO neat! Here’s a link to my “Hand Lettering” board. I remember thinking, “I wish I could do this so I could hand write the sentiments on the cards I make instead of having to stamp them.” Although I love anything creative and artistic I didn’t try it…honestly because I didn’t think I’d be good at it. I thought it was for people who had great hand writing, or who had taken the time to learn calligraphy.
Below is a picture of my first go at hand lettering. And here is the link to the image on Pinterest. I thought it was simple enough to try because it only had a few words and no other pictures or images. I also thought it would make a fun card to send to my daughter at school;). As you can see it wasn’t a perfect replica…but I was honestly surprised at how close I came in a short amount of time. It was fun and relaxing, and I put on my to do list to try hand lettering again.
As I started pinning more hand lettering images to my board I started reading what people were saying about how to approach it. They said it was really more like drawing than calligraphy, and suggested using a pencil with a good eraser and not worrying about making lots of mistakes. Now that I’ve tried it I totally agree. You just need to find an easy phrase you want to try, and then sketch out the outline of it on paper. Then go back and correct the scale -meaning the height or width – of the letters and the spacing between the letters and the words. I found THIS ONE on Pinterest that also seemed fairly simple. This was my second try…
And below is the finished piece after I colored it in with my black brush pen. Really cute! I’m so excited there are so many creative folks in the world, and especially on Pinterest, sharing what they’re doing so that the rest of us can give it a try!
This weekend, unfortunately, I ended up in the ER – not the Flu thank God – but an infection none the less – requiring too many tests, antibiotics and the frustrating directive to take it easy for the next few days. Ugh! What to do, what to do? ! So I went through my hand lettering board while I cozied up on the couch and found another one I wanted to try. I looked at the image and sketched it out in one of my Fabriano dot matrix notebooks. This is the most complex one I’ve done so far. What didn’t look right, I erased and tried again. Once I was happy with it I colored it in with my black marker. And I LOVE IT! Not to mention it helped pass the time while the antibiotics kicked in;)
I found my Fabriano dot matrix notebook to be helpful in keeping the letters in a word, the spaces, and/or images in the piece the same height or width. Here’s a closer look at the one above so you can see the dots…and maybe the eraser marks;)
So why should you try hand lettering? Here are three good reasons! #1 – it’s honestly a lot of fun! #2 – looking at something and being required to copy it, especially something you have not written or drawn before, is a great exercise that pulls together the right and left hemispheres of your brain and requires them to work together. If you haven’t done something like this before you may feel a little taxed at first as it requires a bit of concentration. With practice it gets easier and easier! #3 – once you start doing this you will find it is very relaxing. The art of hand lettering requires concentration which makes you block out a lot of what is going on around you. It can be a kind of meditative exercise. Think Zen.
I encourage you to give hand lettering a try today. If you find it difficult at first, just take your time. It doesn’t matter how much of the eraser you use – I promise nobody cares – and the rest of us have used plenty of it! Just work on the letters until you get them to look the way you want them. The final result doesn’t have to look exactly like what you’re trying to copy. Use your own creativity. Make it something you like!
I’ll definitely be working on more of these in the future and will share them here on my blog and on Pinterest. I hope you’ll give hand lettering a try today! Please share what you come up with here so we can enjoy it, and we can learn from you too!
Happy Hand Lettering! Have a great week!