Chalk­board Al­pha­bet

CardMaker - - Hand Lettering For Cards - Let­ter­ing and pro­ject by Nancy Burke

This al­pha­bet looks best when drawn very straight. For a whimsical look, com­bine with your own cur­sive hand­writ­ing as in the card sam­ple shown.

The straight lines of this al­pha­bet can be achieved by us­ing a ruler and lightly draw­ing guide­lines with a pen­cil. Prac­tice on scrap pa­per un­til you feel com­fort­able with this let­ter­ing style.

1. Us­ing a pen­cil, lightly draw ba­sic up­per­case let­ters. Be sure to leave enough space be­tween each let­ter so that you have plenty of room to add ad­di­tional dec­o­ra­tive lines.

2. Go back over each let­ter us­ing a white gel pen, ad­just­ing hor­i­zon­tal lines and widen­ing the let­ters as shown. Use com­pleted al­pha­bet as a guide for line ad­just­ments.

3. Add ser­ifs or “tails” to let­ters. Add ad­di­tional lines to the right and bot­tom of each let­ter to cre­ate a “drop shadow” ef­fect. ●

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