Hand Lettering

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It is a lot of fun to use hand lettering in your journal, diary, cardmaking, art or biblejournaling. It makes your work personal and different. There are a lot of ways to do hand lettering, and with some simple tips and techniques your work will look fabulous. It is best to take your own writing style as a base. After that you can build on these letters to form them to your preference.  

I love adding hand lettering with texts and words in my Bible, in my planner and on cards. It gets easier with time, and practice makes perfect.

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When you take a basic letter, you can add swirls, make them bigger, give them shadow, elongate or shorten one side of the letter, thicken the downstrokes, there are a lot of ways to give the letters a different appearance.



Depending on the materials you will use, you will get different outcomes. When I write with a calligraphy pen, it gives instantly a nice letter, with broadened downstrokes and thin swirls. If I use a brush, I can get the same results, and I can variate with different colours.

For more precise work, I draw the letters with a pencil and a ruler, and prepare the letter until I am satisfied, and after that I will trace them and fill them in. When I am ready, I will erase the pencilmarks. You can also colour the letters in, or leave them open.

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Doodling is an other way to spice up the tekst or words. Adding some flowers, swirls, dots, hearts, feathers, arrows, corners, banners or other things will give your work a different feel.


Letters in a different shape:


I made two different pieces with hand lettering for someone’s blog, one with a button and one with a hospitalbed.

At first I drew the object with a soft pencil. After that I drew the different words in the different outlined spaces. In the big spaces I put the keywords in big letters, the other spaces were filled with other (blog) related words.

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After a lot of thinking, measuring, erasing and drawing, I was content with the outcome.

I outlined the letters and filled the lettering with black markers. When finished, I let the work dry for at least twenty minutes. The final touch was the careful work of erasing  all the pencil marks.


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