How To Address Envelopes Faster & Better

I recently purchased a new gadget for lettering and it is something that you should really consider grabbing for yourself!

In the grand scheme of lettering (and in life) I tend to avoid buying any extra gadgets or items that I will have to find a place for. I tend to make do with what I have. But, I had an Amazon gift card and decided to try out the Slider Writer.

I was thrilled to find that it absolutely lives up to all of the hype. I have always been the type of calligrapher who tries to avoid any pencil markings on my work. I dislike having to erase pencil marks as I feel that they still show no matter how lightly you drew them on. The Slider Writer allows you to create perfectly straight lines without marking your paper at all.

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Here’s how it works:

Grab your Slider Writer & some paper.
Line up your paper with various methods:
A) Clip it from the top of the slider writer
B) Use the provided rubber bands to hold your paper into place (especially if it is a smaller paper or envelope)
Slide the laser to the spot where you’d like to begin writing & turn it on.
Use the laser as a guide to write across the length of the paper.
Adjust the laser with each line.

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This is great for addressing envelopes, creating pieces that have various lines of words, or simply for practicing your calligraphy. I would recommend the Slider Writer for all calligraphers- beginners and advanced writers alike!

How does this make your envelope addressing faster & better?
You are able to create straight lines without pulling out a ruler, drawing on straight pencil lines, waiting for the ink to dry, & erasing off the pencil lines.
Instead of all of that – you can place the paper on the exact same guidelines each time & quickly calligraph your way through the whole stack of envelopes. The Slider Writer allows you to be more efficient and spend your time calligraphing rather than prepping and erasing.

Is there a calligraphy tool that you’ve found you just cannot live without? Leave a comment below to tell us about it so that we can grab our own!


Calligraphy Materials Pictured:

Higgins Eternal Black Ink
Nikko G Nib
Speedball Oblique Pen Holder
Tombow Fudenosuke Soft Tip Brush Pen
Rhodia Blank Notepad
Slider Writer

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Get Started On Letter Connections

Step Four: Get Started Working on Letter Connections

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Get Started Working on Letter Connections

In the last post, we talked about using the basic strokes to begin forming letters. Practicing your basic strokes and letters is about the best thing that you can do to improve your lettering and get more comfortable with it.

Lately, I have a lot of people who ask me how to connect letters together and make words have good spacing or look consistent together!

One of the important things to realize and remember about lettering is that it is not the same as cursive.When we write in cursive, we write quickly & do not lift our pen from the paper unless we are starting a new word. When we do calligraphy, we lift the pen between each and every stroke- even multiple times within the same letter. Calligraphy is not as quick as cursive by any means!

The picture below should give a visual representation of each time your pen should lift while you are writing the word “hello” – the little x’s divide up each individual stroke. You may also notice that across the word the little x marks almost line up into a line because you want your exit strokes for each letter to be at about the mid-line level. This will help you to connect the letters a little bit better & more consistently throughout your words.

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The x marks show where I lift the pen between & during each individual letter.

The letters shown above & below are more spaced out than they would normally be to emphasize the different places to pick up the pen. I think that it helps to see the different connection points – while you are practicing this I would challenge you to actually space out your letters like this prior to writing the word as you would like to. This will help your brain to get in the habit of picking up the pen between strokes/letters. It’s a foreign concept, especially if you are a frequent user of cursive!

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The x’s within the word “hello” seem to all be about on the same line- but in the word “welcome” it is not quite linear!

I hope that this has been a helpful post in helping you to start figuring out how to connect your letters together- a bit part of it is learning how to lift your pen between strokes and where to lift the pen at! As your exit strokes become more consistent & meet in the middle of the word- you will start to see your letter connections improve!

Materials:

Crayola Markers*

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Beginner Brush Lettering Kit is back in stock + something new!

Have you been thinking about learning brush lettering, but aren’t completely sure where to begin? In January I created the Beginner Brush Lettering Kit, which has 40 pages packed with tips & practice pages.

This book can be purchased as a digital download or a physical copy which comes with one or two brush pens that are great for beginners!

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I created this booklet after I started getting asked frequently the best pens for beginners and how to get started! This book has been one of my favorite things that I’ve made so far. And now, I’ve decided that I think it’s time to do a continuation.

I am now working on an Intermediate Lettering Kit, which will feature the “next steps” in lettering. This will address the difficult letters, spacing, and connecting your letters together. These are some of the items that seem to be difficult once you’ve gotten the letter forms down. I plan to address all the letters that we hate & hope to encourage you to keep on trying!

Want to be the first to hear about this new kit? Be sure to subscribe to my e-mail list. This can be done by clicking the picture below!

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Have a question about lettering? Be sure to send me a message or leave your questions in a comment below!

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Brush Pen Spotlight: Zig Clean Color

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In my last post I listed what I think are three of the best brush pens for beginning letterers. Click here to check that out if you want to see!

I thought I would highlight some of my favorite things about each of these pens by doing brush pen spotlights!

First up is the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (longest name ever, I know).

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The tip of this pen is made with actual bristles – so you are able to get a very brush-like look without having to dip your “brush” into ink over and over. How you use the pen controls the amount of white space is included in your lettering.

Something that I LOVE about this pen is the fact that you can create so many different styles with this one pen. Your lines can be thick or thin, fully pigmented or given a brushed texture, and there are plenty of colors to choose from!

Here are some examples of the various types of lettering that can be achieved using the same pen (simply in different colors):

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The whole reason letterers tend to buy a lot of different kinds of brush pens is to get a new look in their lettering. That’s what makes this pen so amazing! In one single pen, there are so many different styles of letters possible!

The way to create such different letters?
– Vary in the amount of pressure used on your down strokes.
– Use a greater/lesser area of the (side of the) brush tip when creating strokes
– Leave more space between your letters
– Write slowly so that the pigment flows evenly throughout your letters (for more of a pen look)
– Write quickly, not waiting for the ink to catch up to get more of a brush look to the lettering (see red letters above writing “brush” for an example of this)

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Now, these pens are called Zig Clean Colors- so I know you’d expect there to be a lot of different colors. These colors are vibrant and very fun, as well!

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You can purchase a set of 12 pens like the one that I have for the variety shown above – minus the black pen, which is also included!

Like I said in the previous post, this pen was a unanimous favorite among my friends who were beginners interested in trying out different brush pens. It’s size is a big reason why it’s so easy to learn with. This pen is quite small in comparison to other brush pens and the tip is short. The shorter the tip of a pen, the easier it is for beginners to manage (for the most part). It will help you to master the muscle memory of lettering. These pens aren’t only for beginners, though. As you begin to increase in your lettering knowledge, it becomes more fun to play with them and see what different styles you are able to create!

What do you think of the Zig Clean Color’s? Have you tried them already? Or do you think there is a better beginner pen out there? Let me know!

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Lettering With Crayola Markers

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Step 2: Start Lettering with Crayola Markers!

Lettering With Crayola Markers

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So, you’ve got your Crayola markers* now. And I know what you were thinking…I had no idea that you could letter with Crayola markers when I first started! I thought that you had to have fancy brush pens to even remotely start brush lettering!

SO. Go grab those Crayola markers again. This time you’re going to create a few different kinds of strokes. These are the strokes that are a tiny little piece of the Beginner Brush Lettering Kit. You’re going to start with those first thin & thick strokes that I mentioned and then move to some new strokes!

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Now, I thought that perhaps you’re wondering HOW to create those thin and thick lines with a Crayola marker. I was right there with you, too! BUT hopefully this will help you.

When you are creating a THICK line you want to angle the pen (like shown in the photo below) so that a greater area of the pen will be touching the paper! You don’t want to use the tip and push the tip down for a thicker line- this won’t work as you will probably just bleed through the paper! If you tip the pen to the side, you’ll naturally be able to create a thicker line because there is a greater area to work with!

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When you are creating a THIN line you can use the tip of the Crayola marker!

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So, here’s another important tip about lettering…

You do NOT need to be writing fast. The pace of lettering is much slower than writing in cursive. You can take your time transitioning between those thin and thick strokes. Take your time creating each letter (we will talk about building letters soon, but not quite yet!). Don’t feel like you need to write fast when you are lettering because it is actually a much slower process than you might think!

AND most important of all, be nice to yourself! You are learning something new and you won’t become a professional overnight! Have some grace with yourself and enjoy the process of learning a new skill. Have some of your friends join you in learning this new skill & encourage each other as you finally start to like the lines (or letters!) you create!

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Use the Basic Strokes to Build Letters
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Hand Lettering Christmas Wishlist

I’m realizing now that this may actually be too late to share, BUT then again…some people need last minute ideas & love to live on the edge.

Thus, here is the last minute Hand Lettering Christmas Wishlist.
The items on this list are either a great thing to get for your loved one who enjoys hand lettering OR are things that I think you should put on your wish list!

A lot of these items can actually be found at Hobby Lobby or Blick Art Stores- so be sure to check there as well as these websites I’ve provided!

  1. FineTec Gold Palette – this gold palette is praised for it’s gorgeous golden shimmer & said to be the best! I have some coming in the mail right now.
  2. Rhodia Notepad – this is the softest paper you’ll probably ever touch. It’s perfect for all forms of hand lettering as your nibs won’t get caught on the paper & the ink won’t blot. It is available in blank, grid, and dot pads.
  3. A Calligraphy Starter Kit
    1. Higgins Eternal Black Ink
    2. Nikko G Nib
    3. Speedball Straight Pen Holder
    4. Rhodia Notepad
  4. A Brush Calligraphy Starter Kit
    1. Tombow Fudenosuke Soft Tip Brush Pen
    2. Pentel Color Brush
    3. Tombow Dual Brush Pen (I recommend you start with just one)
    4. Rhodia Notepad
  5. Handcrafted Pen Holder (there are many different places to find these!)
  6. Modern Calligraphy Summit Registration ($$$$)
  7. A Calligraphy One-Step-Above Starter Kit
    1. Speedball Oblique Pen Holder
    2. Gillott 404 Nib
    3. Brause Steno Pen Nib (use on the Straight pen holder)
    4. Rhodia Notepad
  8. Handlettered Personalized Return Address Stamp (you can even do some research to see if their hand lettering can be put on the stamp- it CAN be done!)
  9. Resealable Cellophane Bags (if they have an Etsy & sell prints, these would be SO helpful!)
  10. Envelope Drying Rack
  11. Dinky Dips
  12. Pentel Aquash Water Brush – water color brush lettering is made really simple with this pen! I love it.
  13. Pentel Fude Touch Sign Pen
  14. Dr. Martin’s Bleedproof White Ink
  15. Folded Horizon Pen – I’ve yet to use one of these, but I guess that makes this whole thing a genuine wish list. I’ve been wanting to try a folded pen really bad. I’m hoping to get one soon!

Okay, so by now I’m sure you can tell that I adore Rhodia notepads & have an obsession with brush pens. But I really think that these are some practical ideas of what you can get for your hand lettering loved ones!

 

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