What better way to personalize a space than with pretty lettering?! Would you like to spruce up your next event or some home décor by adding a few signs with fun and cute lettering? Like this one? I can help! To be honest, I feel like a fraud when people compliment me on my lettering. Sure, my lettering is compliment-worthy, but it takes very little talent to get there. Don’t believe me? I’ll prove it! Let me show you how I cheat my way to pretty lettering!
Start with Pencil
In pencil, write your word or phrase in cursive. Don’t worry about thickness just yet. If you dislike a particular letter or get stuck (I personally hate the letter S), Google your letter or word for inspiration. Writing in pencil allows you to go back and correct spacing and design. This step is the foundation of the end result so be sure to experiment.
Trace with Marker
Using an Ultra-Fine point Sharpie, trace over the pencil lines. Again, no need to worry about thickness yet. Feel free to erase any visible pencil lines.
Broaden Downstrokes (Where I Cheat)
This is where your lettering goes from ordinary to beautiful. In this step, the goal is to go heavy on the downstrokes and light on the upstrokes.
There are two ways to broaden your downstrokes:
- Use a thicker marker like this Fine-Point Sharpie to trace over the downstrokes
- Use the same marker used in the previous step to trace over the downstrokes, and repeat until your have your desired look
Why is this cheating?
I guess my way is more fool-proof and not necessarily cheating. However, the proper way to achieve this style of lettering “should” be done in one seamless step by using various pressure. Which means you would use heavy pressure on the downstrokes and light pressure on the upstrokes.
Time to clean it up! Blend in any areas where a light and heavy stroke meet. Be sure to fill in any gaps as well.
That’s it! How did it go? Lettering takes practice, so grab a notebook, some sharpies, and your favorite spot on the couch to practice. I suggest having a designated doodle notebook. It’s fun and therapeutic!
I found this cute door hang in the clearance aisle at Hobby Lobby and swiped it up! I really like the beaded loop detail, but didn’t care for the phrase, so I removed it with NAIL POLISH REMOVER! Yep, you read that correctly! I do this all the time! It’s a great hack that makes a trip down the clearance aisle well worth it.
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