DIY: Easy Hand Painted Letters

Today I’m sharing my secret to hand lettering. This easy DIY project complements the greeting card art I recently hung over my bed and the technique can be used in a variety of ways.  The possibilities are endless, really.  As always, I hope this project gets your creative juices flowing!

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After framing the Happily Ever After card, my little hand-painted “M” was missing its partner “A.” Here’s how I added the “A” in about an hour.

STEP ONE:  PRINT

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Choose your font.  I matched my “M” with the typewriter font that comes standard on my computer.  Check out dafont.com if you need some inspiration.  Size your wording and print.

STEP TWO:  SHADE

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When you’ve printed your letters or words, flip the page over and use a pencil to shade over the letter.  No precision necessary, just make sure you cover the entire letter or word.

STEP THREE:  LAYOUT

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Cutout your letters or words and lay them out on your paper for placement.

STEP FOUR:  TRACE

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Using your pencil, trace the outline of your letter or word.  The graphite you shaded on the back of the letter will appear as an outline on your paper, making it easy to fill in with paint.

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STEP FIVE:  PAINT

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Fill in your lettering with your choice of paint.  It only takes a small dollop of paint.  A small brush will keep detailed letters precise.

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STEP SIX:  FRAME AND HANG


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  I’ve always enjoyed the process of hand-painted lettering and love the personal touch it adds to my home.  Try using it with your favorite font or with your own handwriting.  You can paint a favorite saying or inspirational quote to hang on the wall or paint your street address on your front door.  What hand-letterd projects do you have planned?

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