Let’s be honest, how many of us look at people on Instagram or Pinterest and absolutely swoon over some of the pictures of the modern-day brush lettering? There’s a lot. And there are so many opportunities to make cute ones too!
Wanting to learn something new, I decided that brush lettering will be the one thing I teach myself if it’s the last thing I did. I researched so many ways to do it and it wasn’t until I combined a few techniques that I found one that worked for me. And the best part was, I didn’t have to spend a lot of money on a special pen or marker to create my masterpiece.
I used a Crayola Marker. That’s right, I brought it back to elementary school with this, and I used the thick one.
I’m not the most artistic person in the world, and I struggle to even make a stick person (and I know I’m not alone on that). So when I went to try how to teach myself how to do this skilled art, I was very intimidated. In actuality, it wasn’t even that difficult. I was more frustrated on why my pretty words didn’t look so pretty at first.
So, here is how to do it.
How to Hold Your Marker
Always hold your hand at about a 45 degree angle. That way, you have access to apply more pressure and get the exact tip and side you need to use.
How to Do Strokes
Once I learned this technique, I kicked myself for not noticing how obvious this was before. Now, I can’t stop noticing it! All upward strokes you make will be thin and all downward strokes will be thick.
How to Apply Pressure
When going up don’t press down hard, make it light. I often feel fancy when I stroke up. When you go down, apply a lot more pressure than you normally would. Yes, it may cause the marker to run out fast, but it’s worth it.
It Takes Practice
Because you do have to learn how to position your hand, the marker and how much pressure to apply, it is quite difficult to achieve this goal. You will feel defeated but you just have to stick with it to become comfortable and learn how to do this properly.
I know what you’re also thinking. “Why use a Crayola Marker?” Well, the perks of using a Crayola tool is because it has a flexible head and it also has both a tip that goes from thin to thick. So using your angle and pressure you get the result you want. Plus they are super cheap and are available in a ton of colours.
For a perfect example with a bit of the hints above, check out this video.
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