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When you’re just getting started with hand lettering, figuring out the lettering styles you’d like to create and keeping them consistent can feel overwhelming. There are so many possibilities!

This week, I’m sharing some simple rules to follow to give you limitless options and we’ll tackle 10 easy script lettering styles you can start using today. Read on for how to make them and pick up a free cheat sheet, so you always have them handy!

I love experimenting with simple illusions in Procreate – especially when it comes to paper and stationery. My latest idea was to see if I could create a peeling paper effect and apply it to typography. Once I got it working the way I imagined it, I couldn’t wait to share it with you! This one is wayyyy easier than it looks, too – aren’t those always the best? 😉

It’s Tuesday! Time for another tutorial 😉

A few years ago, I shared how to create a pattern letter effect using Adobe Illustrator and I randomly came across that tutorial and wanted to give it a try in Procreate, too. With a few masking tricks and a custom diagonal line pattern brush, pattern letters in Procreate were born! This tutorial is one of my most advanced ones to date, so if you haven’t taken my free Procreate 5X for Beginners course yet, you’ll want to watch the masking module in that first. Once you understand the steps, though, this is a super fun effect you can apply to your typography or even abstract shapes for some really unique outcomes!

Welcome to episode 4 of Style Studies! Style Studies is my monthly series where I walk you through a popular hand lettering style and provide free printable and Procreate practice sheets so you can follow along! This month, we’re diving into decorative serif lettering in 4 easy steps with a style I’m calling Party Slab. This style is a heavy slab serif, that lends itself well to extra decoration, like inline details and creative shadows. It’s best used in headlines, set in all caps and has a festive and fun feeling. Read on to grab the practice sheets and create it yourself!

If you’ve been here before, you already know I’m crazy about watercolor – traditional or digital. A couple years back, I shared how to vectorize watercolor textures, so today I want to share the process I use to vectorize watercolor lettering. We’ll start by creating our watercolor lettering traditionally using Arteza watercolor brush pens. Next, we’ll scan it into the computer, then finish it up by vectorizing in Illustrator. Read on for the full supply list + tutorial!

Welcome to Episode 3 of Style Studies! This month, we’re finishing the foundations portion of this series so you’ll be prepared for all of the more decorative + modern styles coming next year! Getting a solid understanding of basic serif and sans serif styles will be something you can always rely on in design layouts in the future. I can’t emphasize enough how much I’ve used what I’m sharing in this episode throughout my career. They may not be the sexiest styles, but they’re the most reliable ones you’ll ever use. As with every episode, printable and Procreate practice sheets are included for free, below. So let’s jump in to how to create serif + sans serif lettering the right way!

It’s the last Thursday in November, which means it’s time for your free December 2019 desktop wallpapers! This month’s wallpaper was entirely created in Procreate, with just the dates added in using Photoshop and my font, Miss Magnolia. I’ve wanted to try a ribbon style lettering wallpaper for awhile and December felt like the perfect month for it! If this is something you’d like to see a tutorial for, leave a comment and I’ll put it on my list! For the dates, ‘R’ is for Thursday, to distinguish it from a same-sized Tuesday ‘T’ at a glance. 

The download includes the December 2019 desktop wallpapers in two common resolutions: 1280x1024px and 1920x1080px, with and without dates. I’ve left the year off of the ‘no-dates’ versions, so you can use it for any December in the future, too! If you download these wallpapers often, please read below for an important update about 2020.

Welcome to episode no.2 of my new monthly series, Hand Lettering Style Studies! If you missed episode 1, you can catch it here 😉 This week, we’re talking about the simple script lettering style. This one is really important if you plan to create any variation of script lettering in the future. You’ll learn all of the basics: how each script character is formed, the order of the strokes and how to keep the style consistent. Refer to the style overview for the best applications to use this style on, too! Grab the free printable and Procreate practice sheets below to follow along!

It’s the last Thursday in October, which means it’s time for your free November 2019 desktop wallpapers! This month’s wallpaper was entirely created in Procreate, with just the dates added in using Photoshop and my font, Miss Magnolia. I started drawing some leaves for this one, and then I just couldn’t stop! So here is a leafy explosion for November 😉 The lettering and doodles were both made using my ‘Mono Marker’ brush from my Font Lovers Procreate Lettering BrushesFor the dates, ‘R’ is for Thursday, to distinguish it from a same-sized Tuesday ‘T’ at a glance. 

The download includes the November 2019 desktop wallpapers in two common resolutions: 1280x1024px and 1920x1080px, with and without dates. I’ve left the year off of the ‘no-dates’ versions, so you can use it for any November in the future, too!

I wanted to try something new this week! I thought it would be fun to show how to create something analog/traditionally, then how to recreate that same artwork in Procreate. Two tutorials in one 😉 For this video, we’ll create watercolor block lettering with some traditional methods, then we’ll move into Procreate after. Read on for the full tutorial!

Many of you know I teach a course on converting your hand lettering into a professional, sellable font. But what if you’re new to lettering and want to create a font? In this new monthly series, called Hand Lettering Style Studies, I will guide you through all the steps to create modern lettering styles that are on trend, with practice sheets included! Each month, a new video will be released plus *free* practice guides. If there’s a style you’d like to see in a future video, please leave it in the comments section! First up for this month: every hand lettering stroke you’ll ever need! Read on for the video + free practice sheets!

This is one of those questions that has a lot of variables, so I’m sharing my process specifically this week. The main variables include what kind of monitor you have, what kind of printer you’re using and what type of paper you’re printing on. There are SO many different combinations of those three items that it’s difficult to say, ‘do this and you’re set!’ I’ll break down everything to keep in mind, though, and share my best tips for how to print artwork from Procreate. Read on to see all my tips!

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