If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ll know that I’ve taken up a new hobby. Now, I haven’t posted up many of my creations, just because I’m still working on it, and the things I’ve done have merely been rough practice, but when I do get more free time, I’ll definitely create something more extravagant. Oh, and for those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, I’ve taken up lettering as a new hobby.
What Is Lettering?
Well, it’s a fancy word for saying modern calligraphy. Essentially, I write down words, phrases, or quotes in flourished handwriting. I’ve yet to master it, since it takes time and practice, but I find it quite therapeutic. There are many tools you can use for lettering, and the most common one would be the use of a brush pen. It makes things easier than when you’re trying to fake it.
When I started, I had to fake it. I basically used a regular rollerball pen. What I mean is, I used pens like the UniBall Eye 150 to help me fake the bold lines a brush or brush pen would have made. It’s a lot prettier, I have to admit, when you’re using regular pens. That’s because you can keep the fine lines they make, and you only need to focus on shading in the bolder strokes. Of course, because I’m getting rather enthusiastic about the hobby, I had to try using a brush pen, and there was a major difference when I did.
The Tools Of The Trade
Now, I’m no expert, since I’m still an amateur, but there are many different types of pens and brushes you could use, to create a work of art from lettering, as I said. When it comes down to it, it’s up to you and your style. Personally, I’m inclined to two different methods. The first is faking it, since that’s what I started out with. The second, is using a brush pen, but I’m still figuring out how to use said brush pen, since it was a recent purchase. Of course, that’s not to say I won’t be trying out other methods, like using an actual brush, or water pens, but that will be only when I build up my skill levels.
Ok, so I’ve been rambling on about what I like using, but I haven’t explained what to use. So, here goes. For any beginner, I suggest faking calligraphy first, so you get an idea of how to start lettering. You can do this with any type of pen, even ballpoints, or pencils if you’d rather perfect the lines. When you’ve done that a few times, then you can move on to brush pens, like the Tombow brush pens that you can find in any art store. After that it’s up to you. You can upgrade to real brushes or mix and match. I haven’t had much experience yet with the brush pens, so I’ll be working on those for a while, before I move on.
Will There Be Any Pieces For Sale?
For now, I’m going to say no. Since I’ve only just started, and they’re not very decorative. I’m also looking into using watercolours (thanks to the inspiration I got from Instagram, Pinterest and a certain YouTuber mommy that I follow), so once I’ve upped my doodling and painting game, I’ll definitely think about selling those creations in my shop.
For now, let’s content ourselves with the sale of my crochet items, which I’m glad to say, have already started! I haven’t set up shop with Amazon, yet…because…well their set up is a bit complicated for me, so I’ve moved to eBay, to get things started. Eventually, I will move to Amazon, or even just sell on the website itself (once I get properly set up on Wix), but for now, let’s just say eBay will be the foundation on which this shop gets started.
Well, that’s it for now. If you’d like to take a look at my first item, the link is below. It’s the Flower Pot Bag, as you all already know, and if you haven’t taken a look at the creation behind the item, I’ll link that below too! So, with that said, what do you guys think? Would you like to take up lettering yourselves? Have you already started? Do you have any tips or tricks? Leave them in the jar below, and we’ll see you soon!
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