Recently I shared 3 fantastic reasons to start sending hand written Thank You Notes. Be sure and read that here if you haven’t gotten the chance!
As wonderful as Thank you notes are, there’s the whole handwriting portion to the equation that throws a little curve ball. You know, for those of us that are a bit penmanship challenged. Let’s just say it’s hard to tell the difference between mine and my 7 year old’s scribble. 🙂
I have always wanted lovely handwriting and even take a stab at calligraphy. It just looked so complicated, I never even attempted.
Until I met this super gorgeous, sweet, and talented lady, Jessica Hampton!
We met a few weeks ago at a church planters conference. She and her husband are starting a new church called SOCO in Arkansas in January 2018, the same month Welby and I are starting our new church!
The more I get to know Jessica, the more I find out how talented she is. Including her crazy good ability to make things pretty with hand lettering!
So, without further adieu, let’s dive into a super easy How to Guide for Hand Lettering.
Hand Lettering You Can Actually Do: By Jessica Hampton
Hand lettering can appear to be a daunting task, but when you break it down to the fundamentals, it’s simpler than it seems!
Materials You Will Need
If calligraphy fountain pens are too intimidating or trying to use a brush pen, like the Tombow, seems to be too tricky, not to worry! There are many ways to achieve the hand lettered look using pens & markers you probably have lying around the house right now. I’ll be using a Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pen and a Sharpie Fine Point Marker.
My favorite is the Paper Mate Felt Tip Pen. This is perfect for cards, thank you notes and envelopes.
Write It Out
Simply write your word or phrase in cursive. Take your time but you will see that the initial strokes are not perfect. Once you go back and create thicker, calligraphy style lines, it will end up looking much better.
Add a Some “Thickness” to the Letters
I like to go over the lines a second time when I’m making the heavy (thicker) down strokes so you can’t tell where I’ve picked up my pen. You can see this better in the video provided later in the post. It will take some practice to remember which strokes will be heavy & which will be lighter. If you watch videos of people writing with calligraphy fountain pen, you’ll notice that the down strokes are heavy (more pressure) & the upstrokes are light (less pressure). Just remember to be consistent!
Fill It In
Finally, fill in the thicker lines & you’re done!
Resources to Get You Started
A great way to make hand lettering second nature is by using practice worksheets. Click Here for a free printable!
Who else has the hardest time with writing in a straight line? Here’s an unexpected tool to help when addressing those envelopes: a laser level! They are inexpensive and help create an impressive, professional addressed envelope!
Here is a simple video that walks you through the steps of hand lettering.
Click here to see it.
With your new found hand lettering skills the sky is the limit. You will add charm to all your hand written projects, including thank you notes. You can even create cards for special occasions, prints for your home or just take your doodle game to the next level!
Thanks for stopping by and know you are loved.