Lettering in Your Journal

In all the years I have kept a blog, I have yet to post about lettering.  Growing up I was the one who got poor grades for my penmanship, I can vividly remember rewriting reports as carefully as I could because the first drafts were totally illegible.

In today's post, I would like to share some tips and ways to use lettering in your journal.  Lettering is an amazing skill to have as an artist all the way around.  It comes into play in various aspects of life, in everything from creating signage and posters for events and work to writing inspirational quotes or words on your pieces.

One place I started when I first got into lettering was that I just googled fonts and scripts and then copied the text that I saw.  That is a great way to dive in and practice some new styles.  You can also use stencils for some quick professional lettering.  The problem with stencils is sometimes it is challenging to find the right script for your particular project.

One fun thing to do is to create practice alphabets in your journal.  To start, write some basic letters and then add onto the letters with different designs.  Remember that it is practice, so when it comes time to put the letters into your work you can edit them and fine tune the letters to get them how you want them to be.  

Another great way to add text is to simply paint it on.  Acrylics and craft paints work well for that, because the paint is thick enough to hold the shape of the letters.  Experiment with colors that contrast against the background to make the letters really pop.

Bubble letters are also a fabulous way to add text when you want a more casual look.  Bubble letters are very easy to create, and this is the style I use the most when I am not stenciling.  Just draw big puffy letters, and if you overlap the edges it creates a graffiti effect.

You can also make the letters the main event.  Make blocky letters and fill them in with designs, artwork, doodles and patterns.  This technique is a lot of fun and is especially great for when you are focusing on a mantra or guiding word for your goals and dreams.  Or create a work with a word that inspires you, add artsy elements and frame it.  

I hope this post gives you some fresh ideas for working with lettering in your art.  A great rule to remember is that sometimes imperfection is totally beautiful, imperfect lettering and even writing in your own handwriting can add such an element of beauty and personality to your art.