Hand Lettering Tutorial - My favorite way to letter!!!

Happy Friday!  As a continuation of introducing myself, I wanted to share with you a hand lettering tutorial on my favorite way to letter! If you're a letterer, you know that there are SO many ways to letter, and SO many tools to use!  And I think that is a such a good thing, there's always something new to discover!  I love stretching myself to think outside the box to come up with something new, and try to make that a goal of mine each week.  But there is a certain style of lettering I always find myself going back to, I just love how it makes my lettering look! So without further ado, let's get to my favorite way to letter!

 Tombow's Carmine Red Dual Brush Pen 845, Tombow's Fudenosuke Hard Tip, and Uniball Signo Gel Pen

Tombow's Carmine Red Dual Brush Pen 845, Tombow's Fudenosuke Hard Tip, and Uniball Signo Gel Pen

Step 1: Gather all your  materials!  Here I am using a sheet of Canson Marker Paper, Tombow's Carmine Red Dual Brush Pen 845, Tombow's Fudenosuke Hard Tip Pen, and a Uniball Signo Gel Pen in white.  You can use any color Dual Brush Pen you'd like however! (Tombows are my favorite so you'll find a lot of Tombow love here!)  I love Carmine Red because it gives a nice pop of color when finished!  

 I chose to write out Lettering!

I chose to write out Lettering!

Step 2: Write out whatever word you'd like using the Dual Brush Pen color of your choice!

 Outline!

Outline!

Step 3: Using the Fude Pen, outline your letters using very LIGHT pressure. If you're not used to this technique, you may find your lines to be a little shaky. That's OK!  Time and practice will help! It also helps me to hold my pen a little closer to the nib to give me a little more control. Also, when outlining don't worry about not following the dual brush lines exactly. If you notice in my picture about there is some white space between the red and black outline.  We will fix that in the next step!

 Fix those gaps!

Fix those gaps!

Step 4: Grab your Dual Brush Pen and fill in any gaps.  Use the very tip of your brush and apply light pressure.  

 

 Shadow time!

Shadow time!

Step 5: Grab your Fude Pen and apply FULL pressure on your down strokes to create a shadow effect.  On each letter, focus on where you made your down stroke.  That is where you want to apply a thicker down stroke line.  

 

 Here's what it will look like with the shadow!

Here's what it will look like with the shadow!

 Time for those gel accents!

Time for those gel accents!

Step 6: Using the Uniball Signo Gel Pen, add accent lines to the tops of the letters.  I like to make my lines a little curved to follow along the lines of the letter.  It gives it that bubble effect!  After you've added an accent line to each letter, wait a minute or so and go back over each accent line again.  Sometimes the gel ink almost absorbs into the letter, so adding an extra coat or two will make it much whiter!  

 The finished piece!

The finished piece!

And there you have it! My favorite way to letter!  I hope you found this tutorial helpful! I would love to hear if you have a favorite way to letter!!

Till next time,

Mandy