Hand Lettering is Hard!

Posted on June 10, 2015 and tagged Sketchbook, Painting

When I first gave hand lettering a shot it was with ink and a calligraphy pen. I never really got the hang of it though! The pen would either scratch along the paper or drop ink in huge blobs. My letters would be all shakey and I hated how you never got a second chance with ink. So when I tried again this past week I decided to just forget about the rules and do what works for me. That meant using a paint bush instead of a pen and faking the calligraphy part a bit.

By "faking" I mean I would just draw my letters, then go back over them and thicken up some of the lines instead of trying to get it all in one shot. Maybe I'll post a tutorial and call it The Messy Girl's Guide to Faking Calligraphy!

So I've been enjoying my hand lettering practice so far! I'm starting out with just single words, but hopefully I'll be able to move on to quotes and stuff soon. I'd still like to loosen up more and eventually get even more messy with my lettering. It would nice if I didn't have to do the faking thing. I guess that just takes practice!