Beginning Hand Lettering

I always used to be in a muddle when it came to hand lettering.

I had calligraphy pens, but I couldn’t find the ink. I had brush pens, but they were lost. I didn’t know what kind of paper to use and, the biggest problem of all, I didn’t know how to letter in the first place.

So I made a few desperate attempts by browsing all over youtube, looking for sharpie lettering tutorials and trying to use 3 mm pens to somehow miraculously succeed. But everything was a major FAIL.

Then, I remembered some genius (I’m sorry I don’t remember WHICH genius) who had sketched out some lettering using a pencil. I didn’t really realize it then, but the letters had thick lines when the strokes went down and relatively thinner lines when the strokes went up. So I hastily grabbed a piece of paper and tried it out. And that’s what I’ve been following till now.

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All I do after that is fill those thick stroke thingies up. THAT’S ALL IT TAKES.

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This one got a bit smudged up.

I couldn’t believe that what I had been DYING to learn for so long was actually so simple. But hey, I’m still a beginner. If you’re one of those people who are REALLY good at lettering, I know I’ve got a great lot left to learn.

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And there. That’s how I hand letter. But it’s just the beginning, and there are a gazillion other words I haven’t lettered yet.

Stay tuned!

Mukta@Born Free

P.S: Guess what, I FINALLY learned how to make mockups!

YEP, THAT’S RIGHT! I MADE THAT HEADER IMAGE!!! IT’S OKAY IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE IT BECAUSE SERIOUSLY GUYS, I COULDN’T BELIEVE IT EITHER! AFTER ALL THOSE DESPERATE HOURS OF TESTS AND FAILS, I DID IT!!!

And plus I practiced some of that dramatic blurry photography. Uh… is it a bit too blurry or something? #sheepish

Excuse the awkwardness, if you please.

2 thoughts on “Beginning Hand Lettering

  1. Oh, that is AWESOME! I recently started doing this, except just doing the cursive letters first, then going back and making the lines thicker. I actually have a calligraphy set with all the pens because calligraphy is SO COOL. But I just can’t seem to hand letter with the actual calligraphy pens??? XD Awesome post, Mukta! 😀

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