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.

sharpie® art pen hand lettering

You see the fancy, flowing, elaborate hand-lettered designs in your Instagram feed and think, "I could do that." Then you think, "I want to do that." You already possess amazing penmanship skills and artistic style; all you need is a set of Sharpie® art pens and some starter tips to get a handle on this fantastic freehand art form.
Step 1

First, practice hand-lettering something simple and familiar like your name to get the feel and find your flow. Repeat several times.
TIP: Do some research to find samples of hand-lettering designs you like. Mine your Instagram feed for inspiration and grab screenshots for reference. Try replicating some of the styles you singled out earlier. Don't shoot for perfection or feel discouraged if yours doesn't quite match up. This is all about honing your skillset.

Step 2

Now, start with several sheets of sketch paper, a Prismacolor® pencil and eraser and a fresh set of Sharpie® art pens. Sketch out a few thumbnails (or small-scale versions) of your own designs with the pencil.

Step 3

Using your thumbnail sketch, block out the edges of the design using the outside corner letters as points of reference. First trace out the letters in light lines, then add more weight once they're in position. No need to fill in fully just yet.

Step 4

Now start adding decorative flourishes to your baseline design: floral wreaths, arrows, loops to letters or another motif. Look back to your screenshots for flourish types you like then add your own touches and twists.

Step 5

Use a Sharpie® art pen to trace over your lines, then fill in design.
TIP: Test different palettes on your thumbnail sketches to pick out the perfect color scheme.

Step 6

Now that you've created your first design, explore different methods and techniques to discover a signature style all your own.
TIP: Once you've got the hang of hand-lettering on paper, try Sharpie® brush tip markers for larger scale formats and Sharpie® metallic markers for dark surfaces like a sketchbook or journal cover.

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