Ok, so I have a confession. I am obsessed with lettering. It gets my heart beating a little faster. I swoon over fancy signs, chalkboards, posters, and envelopes.
Pinterest has slightly added to this obsession. It’s just so easy to get inspired with good lettering (ok, probably a little too easy). The other good part is that you really don’t need many tools to play around – just a pencil, eraser, and some colored pens / markers in various thicknesses.
If you are interested in stepping up your lettering game…there are a ton of easy ways to improve.
Get inspired! With Pinterest and the internet, finding unique and fun lettering is beyond easy. Start a board on Pinterest to gather inspiration (you can check out my own board by following me on Pinterest). There are a ton of different types of fonts, so the more you explore, the more ideas you’ll be able to test out! I also love following great “letterers” on instagram. Some of my favs are Flax and Wool Designs, Renmade Calligraphy, Poppy & Mint Design, Laura Hooper (lhcalligraphy), and Dawn Nicole Designs (bydawnnicole).
Practice, Practice, Practice. I have to confess, I’m not entirely great at this but working on it. Doing drills and practicing a couple of times a week is key. I also like to practice by sending snail mail to friends and family.
If you are serious, consider investing in some classes or tutorials. If you live in Orlando, Jessa Bray with Flax and Wool Designs hosts various types of lettering workshops at a local stationary store, Paper Goat Post. To say that Jessa is mucho talented does not do her justice. I’ve taken 3 classes, each with a difference technique / writing utensil, and I can tell you, I’ve improved so much. She just does a great job of breaking down the basics and giving you confidence! You can also find some tutorials online, such as Skillshare (which I still need to check out), as well as through Etsy!
Do you love lettering as much as I do? If so, what are some of your tips?