Hand Lettering for Beginners

Hand Lettering for Beginners

Hand Lettering for Beginners- Lauren Runyan Designs @www.mybeautifuleveryday.com

Words are powerful. They can provide comfort, hope and encouragement. The power of words is what makes hand lettering such a satisfying art form. It enables you to visually capture the essence of a word or phrase. While drawing and painting have been a part of my life ever since I can remember, recently I have fallen in love with the art of lettering. Lettering is simply “the art of drawing letters.” Hand lettering can be done with watercolor, pen, marker etc.

If you are interested in exploring this beautiful art form, or if you are a beginner, this post will get you set for all you will need to get started and provide you with the resources needed to begin on the right track.

Hand Lettering for Beginners

When I first started learning the art of lettering, I was a bit overwhelmed. Once I began to put the pen to the paper I quickly realized that it was a lot harder than it looked. I would watch IG or YouTube tutorials and wonder how I was ever going to get my lettering to look like that!  But little by little, as I practiced, and gained muscle memory, it got easier and I was able to create the lettering that I desired. So where do you start? I would say one of the most important things to start with are the right tools.

My Favorite Tools

PENS

  • The Tombow Fudenosuke is a great brush pen to use when beginning your lettering journey. These pens come in both a hard and soft tip. I prefer the soft tip because it provides more flexibility.
  • My absolute favorite brush pen is the Tombow Dual Brush Pen. These pens come in 96 shades. Each pen has a fine hard tip at one end to create fine points, and a soft brush tip at the other end to create beautiful thick brush strokes. These brush pens are also great for blending.
  • Another great brush pen to try is the Sakura Koi Watercolor Brush Pen. It is similar to the Tombow brush pen but has a shorter tip.
  • The Pentel Sign Pen with Brush Tip is another good pen to start with and has a flexible semi-hard tip. 

PAPER

  • When using the pens that I listed above, I highly recommend using Rhodia paper pads. The pads come in various sizes and the sheets come in the form of lines, grids, or dots to help you keep your lettering straight and even. I personally prefer the dot pads.  Not only does the smooth texture of this paper make lettering easier, it also enables you to extend the life of your pens. When I first started lettering, I practiced on thicker paper similar to card stock. Yet, I began to notice that the tips of my brush pens were fraying quickly, which made it harder to get crisp pen lines.  Once I started using the Rhodia pad I saw a huge difference in the longevity of my pens. Cardstock is great to use on final pieces, but when practicing, or beginning a lettering piece, I reccomend using Rhodia paper.
  • A cheaper option is just plain old copy paper. It won’t be as smooth as the Rhodia pads, but it will work fine and is more affordable.

ADDITIONAL SUPPLIES

  • Apart from pens and paper, pencils are a very helpful tool when determining the layout of your lettering. Sketching out your lettering design using a pencil on tracing paper or copy paper is very beneficial. You can use any pencil you prefer, but the main pencils I use are the Palomino Blackwings and Staedtler mechanical pencils.
  • The Tombow Mono Sand Eraser is great to use for ink mistakes. The eraser is rough and can remove ink that other erasers cannot.
  • Another eraser you can use for pencil marks is the affordable Paper Mate Black Pearl Eraser.
  • The Huion Light Box has been a lifesaver for me and saves me so much time! You can use the lightbox to trace your lettering onto numerous types of paper. Below is a photo of a lettering piece I started on Rhodia paper and then traced onto cardstock using the light box.

My Favorite Online Resources

FREE RESOURCES

There are many free resources available for you to practice your lettering. Here are a few of my favorites.

  • Sharisse of Pieces Calligraphy has a great reference guide available that I used when I started out. For this particular guidesheet, I recommend using the Tombow Fudenosuke. This worksheet will help you with the basic strokes and letterforms. It may seem tedious, but learning the basics is key to growing in your hand lettering skills. Practice makes progress!
  • Dawn of Dawn Nicole Designs has a ton of free resources on her blog that will get you set when starting out as a beginner. When learning brush lettering and using the Tombow Dual Brush Pen, I recommend downloading her Brush Calligraphy Practice Worksheets.

ONLINE COURSES

Now that hand lettering is growing more and more in popularity, there are also a good amount of online courses available.

  • Amanda Arneill offers a variety of online courses depending on your level and interest. For more information you can visit her website HERE.
  • Liss of Lissletters also offers several online classes. You can find her website HERE.

LETTERING CHALLENGES

If you need an extra push to help encourage and motivate you with your lettering, head on over to Instagram or Facebook and join in on some of the lettering challenges that are offered. When I first started lettering, I joined in on the #HandletteredABC’s 26-day alphabet challenge, and I am extremely grateful that I did. Each day I was able to post on IG a letter of the alphabet that I had practiced. After completing the challenge, I could already see a dramatic improvement in my lettering.

Other challenges I would recommend are by #Calligrabasics, #DNDyearofcolor, #Togetherweletter, & #30daysofbiblelettering.

Final piece of advice

My final piece of advice as you begin your lettering journey is to have fun. Enjoy the process! Lettering like all art forms takes time to master, so stick with it. Don’t compare yourself with those further along on the journey. You’ll get better with practice.

Be sure to follow my lettering journey on Instagram!

My Favorite Fall Photos

This year we have had many days of gorgeous weather during the autumn season. I have made great efforts in the midst of my busy schedule, to get outdoors and capture some fall shots before the colors fade away. Below you will find some of my favorite fall photos taken this year.

My Favorite Fall Photos

Photography by Lauren Runyan @ www.mybeautifuleveryday.com

I am not sure why, but I have grown to love fall more and more every year. It may be because I have grown to appreciate the beautiful colors it brings right before we enter into the barrenness of winter, or it may be because as my kids get older they remind me of the beauty it brings during our outdoor adventures. Whatever the case may be, I absolutely love fall and am sad to see it disappear as it does every year during this time.

Fall landscape: www.mybeautifuleveryday.com

Since the completion of my Project 365, I haven’t posted many of my recent photos on the blog. I feared that since my project 365 was over,  I wouldn’t use my camera much. However, I am happy to say that is not the case. I am still shooting away and am currently doing a lot of practice when it comes to post-processing. I use Lightroom 6 to edit all the photos you see posted here on My Beautiful Everyday. I have learned a lot about the editing process, and have grown by leaps and bounds, but I still have a long way to go!

Recently I read a blog post that explained what the radial filter does in Lightroom. How I went so long not using this tool is beyond me, but I am so glad I am now! You can read the post here.

The radial filter was used in this photo of my daughter to brighten up her body and face without brightening the background.

Photography by Lauren Runyan @ www.mybeautifuleveryday.com
Fall mushrooms: Photography by Lauren Runyan @ www.mybeautifuleveryday.com
Photography by Lauren Runyan @ www.mybeautifuleveryday.com
Fall Leaf, Photography by Lauren Runyan @ www.mybeautifuleveryday.com

A Peek Inside My Sketchbook: Patterns

A Peek Inside My Sketchbook: Patterns

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As I have stated in previous posts, I love working in my sketchbook. It is the place where I can quickly put down all the creative ideas I have swirling around in my head. Over the past few months, I have been obsessing over patterns! Whether I am out at the store, taking a walk outside, or browsing the internet, I have been noticing patterns everywhere!

Here are a few of the patterns I have recently done in my watercolor journal. Take a peek!

Sketchbook Patterns

 

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Sketchbook Patterns from www.mybeautifuleveryday.com

Sketchbook Patterns from www.mybeautifuleveryday.com

Sketchbook Patterns from www.mybeautifuleveryday.com

Sketchbook Patterns from www.mybeautifuleveryday.com

Sketchbook Patterns from www.mybeautifuleveryday.com

Sketchbook Patterns from www.mybeautifuleveryday.com

For more sketchbook and pattern inspiration, be sure to follow me on Pinterest!

Tips For Photographing Kids

8 tips for photographing kids: www.mybeautifuleveryday.comLet’s face it, taking photos of your kids isn’t easy. I recently completed my first Project 365 in which I took photographs of my kids almost every day for an entire year. Through this project and years of photographing my kids prior, I have learned so much about taking photos of children.

When it comes to our kids, the phrase “They grow up fast” is an understatement. One of the main reasons I bought a DSLR was to capture the fleeting years I have with my children. I want to remember both the big and small things that happen in their lives.

There are so many variables involved when trying to get a good shot of your kids, but there are definitely some things you can do to make the process easier! Wherever you are in your photography journey, I hope these tips will help you take photos of your kids that will provide lasting memories. (more…)

365 Photography Project Tips

10 tips to help you finish a 365 Photography Project- www.mybeautifuleveryday.com

I received my very first DSLR camera a little over a year ago. Within a few weeks, and after a lot of researching online, I started shooting in manual mode. Through my research, I learned that a great way to grow as a photographer is to complete a 365 Photography Project. So what is a 365 Photography Project, or what I like to call a Project 365? It is a challenge to take a photo every day for 365 days. Starting a Project 365 is a huge commitment, but definitely worth it if you desire to grow as a photographer.

Doing a Project 365 was one of the best decisions I could have made as a “newbie” photographer. Not only did I learn so much about shooting in manual mode, but I was able to capture and document my life with my family over the course of a year. I have so many photos of my kids and my family that I will forever treasure because I was intentional about taking a photo every day.

Now that I have completed the project I thought I would share some tips that I hope will help you complete your own Project 365.

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Project 365: Week 52

Well folks, we are finally at week 52 in my Project 365 challenge. Can you believe it? I can’t! I have learned so much over this past year by taking photos every day. Stayed tuned for an upcoming post on the lessons I have learned throughout this entire process.

Thank you all for the encouragement you have given me through this year-long journey. Your support helped me immensely, and gave me the extra push I needed to complete this difficult, yet very rewarding challenge. If you are interested in reading about how this project all began, please read my post Project 365: Are You Up To The Challenge?

Project 365 Week 52-6

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