Using a paintbrush, write the letter of the alphabet with clean water, creating a water path.
It will take a few tries to gauge just the right amount of water.
Using dots and dashes of color in the impressionistic pointillism style creates an optical treat as the energetic filler for hand-drawn letters. Combine dots and dashes within a letter for even more variation.
There is so much imagery that can be used as inspiration for letter making.
In this post, you'll see an excerpt from Mary Kate Mc Devitt's Skillshare class on hand lettering.
Mary will walk you through four simple steps to creating beautifully complex letters.Here I choose feathers and an extra-fine pen to draw letterforms that create a whole alphabet. Sketch the alphabet in upper and lowercase using a pencil.Elongate or change the letter shape slightly to make a more interesting letter.They're so easy, you'll be sketching great letters in no time.Mary finishes up the rest of the video by discussing how to know where to put the thicks/thins for more dynamic letters.As we get started, keep in mind it’s OK to copy at first to get comfortable and confident with the creative lettering process.Be inspired by each sample alphabet and imitate the details.You don’t want too much or too little, so experiment and practice first. To paint the letters, drop in watercolor paints and let the colors pool, allowing them to migrate and swirl to fill the letterform. Watch the color spread throughout the letter, giving it a somewhat marbled look.Tilt the paper as needed to allow the color to spread through the water. Using the tip of the end of a marker, add dots to the letterforms.The end results of hand lettering are fun, beautiful, often mesmerizing, and leaving many of us thinking, “I could never do that.” But you can!We have it on good authority that hand lettering doesn’t have to be difficult.