At this point I think everyone has heard of hand lettering. ✍🏻 It’s very populair at the moment and I’ve always been very curious about it. I like to be creative but when I tried to do it before all of the hand lettering books and videos came out, I hated what mine looked like. Now I have learnt a lot more about hand lettering and in this post I want to share something about the workshop I did & tips I have, if you want to start hand lettering as well!
✎ What is hand lettering?
Typography, calligraphy and hand lettering. You might have heard of these three, because they all have something to do with creating new types of letters. Since this post is all about hand lettering, I want to start with explaining what hand lettering actually is. Hand lettering is often referred to as ‘faux calligraphy’. That’s because with hand lettering, you are using the same type of technique as with calligraphy only you are using a fine liner or brush pen and not a nob and ink.
✎ The workshop I did
Last year Eline asked a group of people if they would like to do a workshop for hand lettering from De Lettertantes. Of course I was very excited to do this because I like to be creative and try new things. On March 10th we went to Qoffee & More Concept Store in Lisse where the workshop took place.
We got a booklet with tips, ideas and space to practice. With that they had tons of different fineliners, pencils, erasers and we got a couple of their hand lettering works as an example. During the workshop De Lettertantes discussed how to get started, the different type of letters and techniques. They let us practice in the booklet with a letter in different ways. After that, we had to think of a quote we wanted to write. I went for “City of Dreams”. Then we had to think of how we wanted to write our quote and maybe even use a banner. I first sketched all of the letters and then tried to put everything together. I did make some mistakes but De Lettertantes really helped with everything and also said to take my time and keep practicing. This way I will get the hand of it and get better in time.
✎ My tips
#1 Use the right equipment || For hand lettering you don’t need too many things but I think you do have to use the right things. For example, you definitely need a HB pencil, an eraser, different sized fineliners, a ruler and a bullet journal. 📓 Find the equipment that works the best for you. There are so many different fineliners so just experiment with them until you find the ones that work best for you. Besides that, there are now tons of books about hand lettering that can help you as well, like this and this one.
#2 Always look for inspiration || As you know, I think Pinterest is a great way to look for inspiration. It’s also a good platform to look for and find hand lettering examples. The ladies who gave us the workshop did say, on Pinterest you find a lot of hand lettering examples but most of them are edited on the computer. So that’s what I try to keep in mind whenever I use it. Most of the time I just keep my iPhone next to me to look through my Pinterest, whenever I am hand lettering. On my iPhone (I have the 6s) I can zoom in and really get the details right. Besides that, I can also take great photos with my iPhone and share them to inspire others (on my Pinterest or Instagram account).
#3 Keep practicing || I am very much a perfectionist, that’s what makes it hard for me to just play around with hand lettering. That’s why I just have to keep practicing and doodling in my bullet journal. This will help me to let go and get better in time. So just practice, practice and practice even more.
After writing this whole post, I can’t wait to get back to my table and start hand lettering again. I just love creating ‘new’ types of letters, writing down the full alphabet and then create a quote in that style. Have you ever tried hand lettering? What is your favorite font right now?