Hand Lettering–DevelopYour Own

Hand-lettering is a personal way to use writing other than your regular handwriting to create design on a page. You don’t have to be a calligrapher to create hand lettering. The key is practice, and willingness to try something new.

Practice letters, leads to development.

Here’s one I tried recently: a scribble letter. Each side of the letter has three lines. They are unevenly spaced and not the same length. I like the random, impermanent look.

The straight-sided letters are easier than the rounded letters. I’m not satisfied with the B, S, C, and G yet. But that’s fine. That’s what practice is for. I’m trying a few techniques to develop those letters–writing faster, writing slower, going in between the first and second lines.

After I developed the alphabet and practiced a bit, I wrote down a sentence I thought of a few weeks ago.

When I had it written down, I filled in some of the spaces between the line with a Spica marker. I like the result. I find the saying matches the stark, uneven lines. The reality of the tough answer works with the rough lines.

Try your own ideas in hand lettering. It doesn’t have to be copperplate or italic, it can be what you want to do.

Note: I purchased the turquoise Spica pen used in this illustration.

–Quinn McDonald is the author of Raw Art Journaling, Making Meaning, Making Art. The book is about art journaling for those who don’t know how to draw. I wrote the book because everyone who longs to be creative is enough. Has enough.

11 thoughts on “Hand Lettering–DevelopYour Own

  1. I am always playing with handwriting and trying new fonts! I love this one and your quote. I listen to tv or radio or cds and write words that I hear playing with different pens and lettering styles and colors! I look forward to seeing more!

    • Creating fonts is hard, detailed work. I’m liking the scribble calligraphy and will continue to work on it. Perspective is in the eye of the beholder–the original is 5 x 7 inches!

  2. Oh, this is great. The letters feel rather illusive, a great match for the quote you created. Revision of quote keys in on message–nicely done.

    And I like that the lettering is freeing, not restrictive. Good for recovering perfectionists. Some lettering calls for precision, but it’s lovely to see free form and flowing, too.

  3. I want THAT on the size of a poster and give it a special place in my home.. !

    and don’t imperfect letters look much more interesting to read and look at ?!

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