I have been enamored with lettering for as long as I can remember. When I was in 5th grade, I’d dot all my i’s with hearts and stars. When I was in 6th grade, I’d draw up fake magazine covers to practice different fonts. I LOVE fonts and I adore writing. Writing is one of those things that we all know how to do, and is something that can be used as a method of relaxation or mental decompression.
Beautiful penmanship has been coveted for as long as we, as humans, have been able to read the written word. Think back to the signing of the Declaration of Independence–John Hancock was known for his beautiful, large, flowing signature. Hand lettering really has become a “fad,” and there’s a good chance your Instagram feed has been overtaken with people penning beautiful, inspirational quotes. The best thing about a person’s writing is that it is their own–no two people write completely the same. Your writing is an extension of your personality.
Luckily for you, even if you think your regular writing isn’t anything to “write home about,” you can still create beautiful, swoon-worthy text!
The most coveted of all writing is calligraphy. But if you don’t own a calligraphy pen, or if you DO own a calligraphy pen, but it doesn’t give you the results you’re looking for, here’s how to fake it:
My favorite writing tool for this type of writing is a brush pen or good-old-fashioned Sharpie, but for these examples, I have used my iPad Pro and Apple Pencil.
The next task is figuring out how to “fancy up” your run-of-the-mill cursive. A few swirls here and there do the trick:
On most of these letters, you’ll notice that the end of the swirl comes to a sharp point. This adds to the elegance of a letter and makes it look more flowing. Experiment with extending crossbars (the center lines of letters like A or H) in a free, almost excessive way.
Once you’ve figured out how to form and stylize your letters, put it all together with a fun quote!