• Hometalker
  • Saint Louis, MO

Easy Hand Lettering and Calligraphy

10 Materials
2 Hours

Home décor with hand lettering, calligraphy, and stencils are unavoidable on the internet and in stores. Whether on a wall sign or a chalkboard, fonts and style combinations are endless. Even if you don’t have a steady hand and flawless brush strokes, you can still create the look yourself in no time.

You'll need:

*A computer - https://amzn.to/2AxM9tI

* A printer - https://amzn.to/2Hbf3pF

* Paper - https://amzn.to/2CU9RlK

* Carbon paper - https://amzn.to/2FfBNlx

* Pencil - https://amzn.to/2CSIHLU

* Tape - https://amzn.to/2C9KCKq

* Chalk pen - https://amzn.to/2Fc74pE

* Plywood - https://amzn.to/2Ffu0nZ

* Spray paint - Rust-Oleum very generously supports small time bloggers (people like me) and their paints are top notch so I highly recommend them! - https://amzn.to/2VxHW2d

* Drop cloth - https://amzn.to/2CSz7sH

First, spray paint your plywood. I’m using my favorite Rust-Oleum 2X Paint and Primer in Stone Gray. Spray over a drop cloth and allow to dry.

easy hand lettering and calligraphy

Next, edit and print your design. You can either use a cool website like Canva for a quick and easy text picture or download all kinds of free fonts from  1001freefonts or Dafont to use in an office software program.

easy hand lettering and calligraphy

In either case, print out your text picture in your desired size. Printing in black and white ensures your text is as sharp as possible for easy copying.

easy hand lettering and calligraphy

Place a piece of carbon paper, carbon side down, on your painted plywood...

easy hand lettering and calligraphy

...and your text print out on top of that. Tape down so there’s no accidental shifting during the copying process.

easy hand lettering and calligraphy

Outline all of your text with a pencil. Press hard to ensure a good transfer.

easy hand lettering and calligraphy

Time to color in the lines! Use the chalk pen to fill in your outline. 

easy hand lettering and calligraphy

With two coats, the pen covers the tracing marks so no one will know that you didn’t just masterfully write out perfect calligraphy!

easy hand lettering and calligraphy
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