I’m Abby G, I live in Dallas. Yes, I love lettering! A quick intro about me…Weekdays I’m a full time Art Director for a crafting company. At night, I’m a full-time illustrator and hand letterer. I’ve been in this industry since I was 8. However, my relationship with hand lettering doesn’t go that far back, maybe for a about a year, but we have been officially best friends since! 🙂
To me, hand lettering or modern calligraphy is like Tetris (raise your hand if you are generation 90’s! woot woot :P). It’s pretty much like solving puzzle. You need to be able to figure out what next while you are writing non-stop. Do they fit? Is it too much? Is it too simple? Is it flawless?
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The word I’m choosing today: BEGINNER
Below is how I analyze my word. I underline and upper line a few letters that have “tails” or can be potential flourished objects. Then, I pink-circle the empty space that can be filled out.
Once you figure everything out…
Let’s do the fun part! Let’s hand-letter this word using the Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen soft nib 🙂
Once we figure out the basic lettering. It’s time to figure out what to do to fill out our “empty” spaces. What I see here, we can definitely play around with the space below the “-inner”, the top of “-eginner” and maybe next to the “B”.
Therefore, I am flourishing the tail of the “g” to fill out the empty space below the “-inner”.
Then, I extend the line stroke from the “B”
To fill out the space above the “-eginner”, I use the new line that I create for the “B” (So, it looks like it’s a continuing line from the “B”) and flourish it to the top of the word. Then, I end it right on top of the “i” to create the superscript dot.
2. BLENDING COLORS
I remember when my heart skipped a beat when I saw these markers at the New York Stationery Show. I promised to myself that I would buy these markers as soon as I get back to Dallas. Of course, the wonderful people at the TOMBOW booth saw me drooling over these Dual Brush Pens and they were too kind to make my dream come true. They invited me to come back to the booth and gave me these beautiful gems! Did I scream from the top of my lungs? Of course, but silently…because I didn’t want to lose my cool 😛 (yeah right!). Alright, let’s do some fun stuff!!!
The selected words: HELLO FRIEND
So, I have 2 favorite ways to do this.
Method no 1. I apply the 2 colors I like on the Tombow Blending Palette. Just literally apply them on top of each other. The stain won’t stay, you can clean it.
Then, I create a couple strokes just to see if the colors to my liking and then I start hand-lettering.
Et Voila!!! I love the subtle color changing from purple to the pink. However, if you like something bolder, then it will lead us to the method no. 2. I usually add more colors onto the palette and mix them.
Then, I apply the colors literally on to the artworks that need darker colors. I usually do top to bottom, darker to light.
You can apply it several times until you reach your favorite dark levels.
Mine is ready! I applied the colors for about 3-4 times. I only apply it on to the top part of the letters.
3. HAVING FUN WITH THE TOMBOW MONO GLUE PEN
I love mix media or experimenting with different mediums and tools. So this is a perfect pen for me.
First, I sketch it out using Tombow Fudenosuke soft nib pen.
The glue ink is transparent. Just incase, you are wondering why there’s nothing on the paper.
I use this pearl ex gold color powder to make it gold. This can be substituted with fine glitter (if you love glitter and unicorns). which is what I would prefer, but I’m out of glitter so… I use my husband’s painting supply.
Check out the process below :
Bonus Tip! FLOURISHING
Flourishing will look flawless if you understand your spacing. You don’t want to have too much swirly lines because you need to make sure your words are still recognizable and readable.
Tools : Tombow Dual Brush Pens and papers
1st tip: Sketch it before you ink it.
DON’T BE SCARED to make mistakes because that’s the start of AWESOMENESS!
Alright, below are a few letter examples that I usually “decorate.”
2nd Tip : Be confident.
Your confidence in creating lines is shown from your strokes. Practicing making straight lines is a great way to improve your confidence. I do it all the time.
These are a few letters after I flourish. I usually do heavy flourishing for the first or last letters. Also, for letters that have bottom loops, such as “g”, “y”, “j”.
Another thing I usually do when I have free time at home and nothing good on Netflix or if I had finished watching all the TV shows in the world is practicing my flourished ending lines. These are a few lines that I usually use to end most of my words.
Okay letterer folks, again, I would like to thank all of you and Tombow for this fun opportunity. I feel very honored to share my favorite methods with all these guest letterer ladies. Check out their posts and be amazed!
Remember to keep practicing and don’t be scared to make mistakes.
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