8.02.2015

5 Free Hand Lettering Tutorials

Clearly I'm in need of a tutorial, because this handwriting isn't cutting it.


I'm not actually sure how I ended up searching Pinterest for hand lettering tutorials last night, but I guess that can be said for pretty much any search online, right?  As you can see from the picture above, I never realized there was a technique to it.  I always assumed scrapbookers/ art journalers I saw online just had really nice handwriting!  Since I've always been plagued with pretty terrible handwriting, I thought I'd give some of these techniques a try and see what I can come up with.


The first hand lettering tutorial is some helpful encouragement from Elsie at A Beautiful Mess, who says the key to good results is practice, practice, practice.  She talks about her favorite pens and brushes, and you'll see as she fills a few pages with letters that she still makes mistakes.  I think it's awesome that she left that in the video, because so much of what's online is edited to be flawless. 


The next tutorial is from Caroline at Made Vibrant and there's also an e-course available with more in-depth information.  Like Elsie, Caroline recommends lots of practice imitating lettering you like in books and really studying all the type and lettering you see around you.

Gemma and Geneva from A Pair and a Spare have a more technical tutorial with paper and tool recommendations, as well as how to pencil in some guidelines to help give your lettering some consistency until you get the hang of it.

If you're looking for a giant list of tips and tutorials on hand lettering, Letter Shoppe has put together a list of 50, guaranteed to keep you busy.  There are posts and videos on tools, typography lessons, tech,and more.

Once you've gotten your hand lettering down, Hello Brio has a very detailed tutorial on how to digitize your letters using Illustrator's Image Trace feature.  

Have you found some really good hand lettering tips and tricks on Pinterest?  Leave them in the comments below!
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