Time Required :
About 30 minutes
Intermediate
Intermediate
You're somewhat experienced with the skills necessary to complete this project, but you haven't mastered all the elements, yet.

"be the change" hand lettering

Get in on the hand lettering trend, and learn to make your own inspirational sayings! We’ve partnered with Bluprint™ to teach you the basics of creative letter forms. Whether you’re picking up a new skill, or just want some handy tips, we’ll help you add the perfect, personalized touch to your DIY projects!
Step 1
What would you like to say? Think about a word or phrase that inspires you, then make a few quick thumbnail sketches on scrap paper to explore different ideas and compositions.
Step 2

Ready to start? Get out a piece of your drawing paper, and with a ruler and pencil, create three evenly-spaced guidelines for your word or phrase. The first line will be the baseline, where the bottom of your letters will sit. The second line will be the middle line that intersects your letters halfway. The third line will be the top line that’ll skim the top of your capital letters.

TIP: Keep these pencil lines very light! You’ll erase them once you’ve drawn your letters.

Step 3
Next, lightly sketch in your letter forms.
Step 4

Once you’ve drawn each letter, begin to refine your piece as a whole. You’ll do this in a series of ‘full passes,’ in which you improve the entire drawing in each pass, repeating until you’re pleased with the overall look. (Making refinements over the entire drawing instead of focusing on only one letter at a time will help to ensure a consistent look across your piece.)

TIP:  If you need to, add angled or vertical guidelines as you work, to make sure that all letter forms have similar angles and verticals.

Step 5
Don’t stop now, you’re doing great! Continue to erase, redraw and refine, until your shapes begin to have a nice consistency and flow.
Step 6
Continue to refine your drawing, making sure to adjust lines so that they’re parallel, and curves so that they’re smooth and even. You’ll probably find that this is easier to accomplish when you sketch a series of little lines, rather than trying to draw a single perfect line or curve all at once.
Step 7
Once you’re happy with the way your piece looks, erase any heavy pencil lines. You want to reduce the lines that are dark enough to be seen through the marker. All you need are light guidelines that will let you see enough to trace your letters.
Step 8
Next, use the narrow-tip end of your dual brush marker to draw an outline around each letter.
Step 9

Then, use the brush-tip end to fill in each letter form.

TIP: Have fun with your dual brush marker! Try layering different colors to create new colors and effects!

Step 10

If you’d like to give your letters some extra definition, outline them with a black pen.

TIP: This step is optional, so you don’t have to add hard black lines if you don’t want to; however, it can be a nice way to add a final touch, since it’ll make your drawing feel finished and refined.

Step 11
Time to wrap things up! Erase any remaining pencil marks or guidelines that may still be on your paper. That’s it! Now, find the perfect frame (we have lots!) to show off your hand-lettered masterpiece!

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