Hey guys! It’s already November–one more month until Christmas! Isn’t that exciting?
Today, I’ll cover how to hand letter using only the Sakura Micron pen; no brushes, no calligraphy pens. And yes, you can create stunning results using just that.
Let’s start with the basics.
First, find a paper and write out the capital and lowercase letters with your regular handwriting. Make sure to write the letter strokes in the correct order. Now take a moment and look at the letters you wrote. Next, we are going write the letters again, but this time as thin as possible. After that, write the alphabet again, making your letters as fat as possible. And there you go: the very basics of the letter variation! Not only can you deviate the letters by width, but also try variation by length, taller or shorter.
In the photo above, I’ve written “rosy” in thin style, “hand” with wide letters, and “lettering” using just my normal handwriting, and it already looks like a minimalist logo!
There’s a trick to make letters look prettier, and it is fairly simple–thicken the down strokes.
First, it is important to figure out what is the downstroke of each letter; then, simply thicken that stroke. Not so hard, right? At first, it might be slightly tricky, but practice makes perfect! Soon you’ll be able to thicken the letters without even thinking about it!
Eventually, the letters might look boring if every word is simply thickened. That’s where the first technique comes in. By adjusting the width of the letters along with the thickening technique, you can add a lot of variety to your hand lettering. There is also another way to write typed letterings: create empty downstrokes in the letters. This is trickier than thickening the letters, because each stroke needs to avoid crossing over the downstroke, instead of leaving an empty space. Once you master this third technique, you can scribble inside, draw lines or dots, and create letterings with different vibes than to regularly thickened letters.
Here’s a small tip for hand lettering: try to use two different styles when creating a lettering piece. But don’t go overboard! Using more than four different styles of letters could make the piece look chaotic.
Last but not least– cursives!
Cursives are my favorites, as they are essential to hand lettering. They can look elegant and simple or fancy and complicated.
Once you know how to thicken the down strokes of printed letters, lettering cursives come in pretty easily. Cursives use the same technique, except the single letters in a word are connected together. Adding diversity to the cursive letters is similar to doing so for typed letters; they be thickened, thinned, fattened, bouncy, or empty.
Here are some examples of adding diversity.
Believe it or not, you’ve learned how to write about ten different styles of letters!
Practice and experiment with the letters! Certain styles of lettering look good when they are matched together (for example, thickened cursive and thin typed letters), so take some time and explore. Write out quotes, song lyrics, Bible verses, or even your class notes!
I’ll love to see what you guys come up with! If you want to share your results, use the hashtag #rosyhandlettering when posting on Instagram.