Learn to Letter

Whether you got an "A" in art class as a kid or you're about as creative as a thumbtack, my philosophy is this: Anyone can learn just enough hand-lettering to put something pretty on their wall.

 

 

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Learn "Faux" Calligraphy

This method uses a normal writing or drawing utensil to manually color in the thick and thins lines that are used to create calligraphy.

Basic Hand-Lettering 1: Begin With Your Own Cursive

"Faux" calligraphy or hand-lettering is the art of turning your own handwriting into beautiful calligraphy—and because it does not rely on pen pressure, angle, or special tools, it is a great place for the beginner to start! Even better, you can begin with making only five basic changes to your own cursive. Read more...

Basic Hand-Lettering 2: Creating Depth

One of the hardest parts of learning calligraphy is knowing which parts of the letter should be thick and which parts should be thin—this knowledge is the essence of calligraphy! If you're a beginner, here's a lettering mantra for you: "thick downstrokes, thin upstrokes." Or even simpler, "thick down, thin up." But, you might ask, what does this even mean? Read more...

Basic Hand-Lettering 3: Creating a Smooth Curve

In this previous post, I discussed how to create calligraphic thicks and thins, and what it means to create thick downstrokes and thin upstrokes. However, it's one thing to define terms, to know which parts of the a letter should be thick and which should be thin, but it's entirely another to know transition smoothly from thick to thin, and vice versa. Read more...
 

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Local Spokane Workshops

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Private Classes & Parties

A hand-lettering workshop can be a fun birthday party, bridal shower, or bachelorette party. It also makes a fun "just because" get-together.

  • Hosted at Madelia Makers' Market: Depending on the workshop topic, number of people and other details, these usually cost around $20-30/person.
  • Hosted in Your Home: Depending on the workshop topic, the number of people, and other details, these usually cost around $12-18/person.
 

The Methods of Lettering


The following are methods of lettering you may see workshops covering!

Hand-lettering or "faux calligraphy"

This method uses a normal writing or drawing utensil to manually color in the thick and thins lines that are used to create calligraphy.

Brush Pen Lettering

Brush pens are markers made with flexible or even real brush tips so that they are pressure-sensitive. Light drawing creates thinner lines and heavy pressing creates thicker lines.

Brush Lettering

Brush lettering uses a paintbrush dipped in ink to create calligraphy. Much like brush pens, their flexible bristles make for very thin and thick lines, but they are often harder to control.

Pointed Pen & Ink

This traditional method of lettering uses a flexible nib dipped in ink to create the thick and thin lines used in calligraphy. Like brush lettering, quill pens are more difficult to control and require frequent dipping.