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Rosy Hand Lettering: Introduction

Welcome to Rosy Hand Lettering!

Have you ever looked at someone’s beautiful handwriting and wished that you could imitate it? Or have you ever seen a beautiful poster with your favorite quotes written with fancy script but had to turn away because of its high price? Or have you simply run out of ideas for gifts? If you said yes to any of these questions, you have come to the right place! I will be guiding you through the basics of hand lettering, and showing you the tips and tricks that I have learned over the past few years. Recently, hand lettering and calligraphy have started to catch on and become trends, and many people now have careers in hand lettering and make an abundance of cash by simply writing letters and words. Sounds very tempting, right? While rewarding, becoming skilled at writing these beautiful hand lettered words requires patience, practice, and endurance.

 

What is hand lettering?

There are three main forms of art associated with letters: calligraphy, hand lettering, and typography. Although people often confuse them, they are all separate skills. Calligraphy is actually in a completely separate category than hand lettering. Calligraphy was where art first intersected with writing, and it uses a dip pen with a nib and ink. Hand lettering is similar to calligraphy, but instead of simply writing, lettering draws out the letters using a variety of tools, from pencils to acrylic paints. Lastly, typography is actually what type designers create—it is not even concerned with handwriting. The different fonts that can be seen online are examples of typography. It is extremely important to differentiate these three types of mediums and to know clearly which one is which!  

 

But I have bad handwriting!

This is what I often hear from people when I introduce them to hand lettering. If this is the case, fear not! I also had bad handwriting when I first started hand lettering. Although having good handwriting is helpful, it is fine to begin hand lettering without fixing your current messy writing habits. While going through the process of learning hand lettering, we will be also be covering handwriting here and there. Along the way, we will discuss the factors that can make handwriting ugly, and strive to avoid those handwriting pitfalls where necessary. Don’t be intimidated if you have unsightly handwriting. You might discover that your handwriting will be transformed and take on a new style as you learn hand lettering!

 

What will this column cover?

We will start from the very beginning, from choosing pens to actually making authentic cards and posters with hand lettering. It might seem impossible to achieve at first, but with patience and practice, it should become second nature in no time.

Now that we have covered the foundations of hand lettering, we are ready to start! Along the way, if you ever want to find inspiration related to hand lettering, just simply type “hand lettering” into either Instagram or Pinterest, and you’ll end up with thousands of beautiful hand lettering examples to look at.

Are you ready to accept this challenge and transform normal handwriting into art? If so, I look forward to beginning the journey of learning hand lettering with you this year! 

12 Comments

  1. I’m so excited for this column, Rose. It looks great! I will definitely be following it this year. =)

  2. I’m excited to learn as well! I answered “yes” to all three of your opening questions, haha!

    Not only does your column look very interesting, but the way you explain and organize your post is beautiful too! Your choice and arrangement of words is just beautiful to read.

  3. Wow, Rose. I definitely need this! Can’t wait to learn some techniques over this year! 🙂

  4. This looks amazing. I look forward to improving my handwriting. 🙂

  5. Wow! I love hand lettering, although I really need work on it. I know several friends that are into it, and I’m sooo going to keep trying and reading! This looks super artsy and fun!!

  6. I was SO happy when I found this column existed, and I’m SO ready to follow it this year! =)

  7. I am so excited for this column! I love hand lettering and calligraphy, and am eager to learn more! Thanks for doing this.

  8. Super excited for this column Rose! From reading your biography, I actually share alot of interests with you (including piano, and hand lettering or calligraphy, not to mention Latin). Can’t wait to see where this goes.
    <3

  9. SO excited for this column!! I can’t wait to improve my handwriting, haha!

    Also I love your writing style!