Hand lettering, Wedding Week
Hello Creatives! Rita here with a special series! Its Wedding week here and today’s focus is on hand lettering!
My oldest is getting married Saturday and of course, I have been busy, busy, busy doing lots of decorations for the wedding! Who better than a mixed media artist to come up with some beautiful decorations for a wedding?
I used black poster boards to create the chalkboard look without having to use anything too heavy or crazy expensive. Now that I have a few hand lettering signs under my belt, I think I will be making some on wood and canvas! I never thought that I would enjoy hand lettering as much as I do! Because of the curves, doodles, and swirls it feels very much like painting. I had to keep several white pens handy, the poster dries them out a bit. I traded off between generic chalk markers with very fine chisel tips and Molotow paint pens.
Make sure that you like the way the letters fit by playing with them on the computer first.
I used the chalk markers for the hand lettering first, that way if I made a mistake I could quickly wipe it off and start again.
When you are doing a wedding everything needs to be beautiful so mistakes were not an option! (A baby wipe is a perfect eraser.)
Doodles, Florals, and Swirls
In addition to beautiful letters, I love the accessories to hand lettering! Accentuation letters by adding doodles, florals, and swirls make it personal and simply you! Try using bowls and platters to make large shapes, then fill it with doodling to your heart’s content. Bonus, its hand lettering so it doesn’t have to be perfect – that’s when you know it was handmade!
A little gold wooden embellishment made a nice touch here. You can add color, flowers embellishments to your sign to make it fit the wedding or any other special occasion. I chose to keep my signs fairly simple as I didn’t want to add more colors to the theme.
You can add as much whimsey or formality as your wish; I just went with whatever I felt at the moment.
I did a lot of floral here, a little more time-consuming but pretty – I think I would like to do one that has a little color too, just not for this wedding.
My favorite poster was this one with scripture so I put it in a wood frame and added the floral accents. I knew she would love it and she does. It will be hung in her new home after the wedding. I think it’s a perfect start to a new beginning!
The rest of the week will be more wedding decorations so make sure you check in each day! Hand lettering is not just for weddings, you can use it in your journals, canvases, and altered art projects. Each day will be something that you can use in a wedding but other ways as well so think out of the box! Leave me some love and see you tomorrow!
Rita Barakat is a Mixed Media Artist, Illustrator, Designer and Educator. From wall murals to itty bitty minis you can find her work in various hospitals, corporations, family homes, manufacturer websites and magazines. She designs, teaches workshops and and freelances for a variety of manufacturers. Not anywhere near a local event? Sign up for her newsletter and receive a Top Secret Mixed Media Class in your inbox!
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