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A Beginner’s Guide to Hand Lettering: Faux Calligraphy

Acamy Schleikorn, Hand Letterer & Illustrator

A Beginner’s Guide to Hand Lettering: Faux Calligraphy

Acamy Schleikorn, Hand Letterer & Illustrator

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13 Lessons (1h 5m)
    • 1. Introduction

      2:04
    • 2. Class Project

      0:55
    • 3. Materials

      3:30
    • 4. What is Lettering and Calligraphy?

      2:56
    • 5. Are You Faux Real?

      7:47
    • 6. Let's Learn the ABCs

      5:42
    • 7. Creating Words

      1:36
    • 8. Breaking the Rules (Bouncy Lettering)

      10:24
    • 9. Embellishments

      4:40
    • 10. Rough Sketch

      8:42
    • 11. Final Sketch

      5:54
    • 12. Inking

      9:26
    • 13. Final Thoughts

      1:15
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About This Class

In this class, you will learn all about how to create faux calligraphy by simply using paper and a pencil! That’s literally all you need to get started - no fancy tools! We will go over the basics of calligraphy so that you can learn to break the “rules” to create your own personal unique lettering style. We will also go over how to add embellishments to your work to add personality. Your class project is to hand letter a word or short quote and share it in the project gallery!

No experience is required for this class and it is perfect for beginners who are looking to get started with calligraphy in an easy way. Once you complete this class, you will be able to create your own work of art and begin the journey of taking your lettering to the next level! You could create greeting cards, wall art, cute notes for friends, and so much more!

Now, let’s go make that masterpiece!

Materials:

  • Pencil
  • Sharpener (if needed for your pencil)
  • Eraser
  • Pen or Marker
  • Paper

Resources: 

  • Your own creativity
  • Class Workbook
    • Will help build your foundation

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Acamy Schleikorn

Hand Letterer & Illustrator

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Hi, there! I’m Acamy, and I am a hand lettering artist and illustrator based in Las Vegas. I have a bachelor's degree in psychology, but I quickly realized that that wasn’t the direction I wanted to go in my life. In 2017, I started hand lettering more often without thinking much of it. Soon, it turned it into a business with some encouragement from those around me. I got into illustration in the Spring of 2020, and I absolutely love it!

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1. Introduction : hammering. It's one of those things that you see everywhere. Advertisements, greeting cards, magazines and so much more. It's one of my favorite ways to creatively express thoughts and emotions. Honestly, the possibilities are endless when it comes to drawing letters. Hi, I'm McKamey Schleck corn and I'm a have lettering artist and illustrator based in Los Leitess. I remember hand lettering as far back as a middle school, but I didn't start pursuing it as more than just a happy until 2017. It all started with some encouragement from friends who told me that I could create a successful business off of my handler pieces. At that point, I thought I would just go for it. And here we are. No, I'm so excited to share some things that I have learned along the way. In this class, I will be showing you how to get started with hand lettering. It's perfect for beginners because no experience is required. We'll be learning a style called faux calligraphy. You can construct just a paper and a pencil of that you have. There's no need for infancy tools. You'll learn the basic rules of modern calligraphy so that we can move on to breaking the rules to create your own hand lettering style and at personality to your work at the end of the class will put your new skills to the test by completing a civil project. All you need to do is shoes, a word for short phrase to hand letter. I will also be walking you through my whole process from start to finish so that you can see how I complete this project myself and I'll be sharing tips along the way without further ado. Let's get started. I'll see you in class. 2. Class Project: I'm so excited that you're here now let's dig deep into the details of our class project. Your assignment is to hand letter a word or short phrase using the full calligraphy technique that you'll be learning in this class. Completing this project will ensure that you are able to apply all the awesome skills that you have learned in this class. Be as creative as you possibly can. The goal here is to incorporate your own personality and style into your finished piece. This will be the stepping stone to creating other personal projects like greeting cards are gift your friends, or you can even monetize your skill sooner than you think. Feel free to share your entire process so that we can see how you improved over the course of this class. 3. Materials: So remember in the first video I've talked about how all you really need for this class is a paper and pencil. Well, in this video I'll go into a little bit more detail for those of you who wanna go a little deeper. All right, so let's talk about the materials that we will be needing for this class. First off a pencil, any pencil will do, whether the pencil like this or a mechanical pencil, you may need a pencil sharpener. If you're using a pencil like this, we'll also be needing an erase it for this class, which is very important. I recommend vinyl erasers. They race very well, and I don't leave any smudges, which is good. I recommend the Stetler brand as far as paper for the sketching second of our class. I'm gonna be using this Canton sketchbook. It's pretty nice. It's has textured paper in it, which I really like. For the final project, I'm going to be using regular card stock paper and nothing fancy. If you do want to look into a fancier kind of paper, I recommend the Kenton Bristol paper. It's thick and smooth, which is very good for final projects. If you're the kind of person who likes straight lines, I would come in using a ruler. When you are doing your final project, and in order to finalize your project, we will be using pens. You can use a regular pen, but my favorite art, Micron Pence they come in different sizes actually have a brand new pack here, so you can see this pack has 010305 size, my favorite sizes. The 05 It's not too thin. And it's not, you think, which I'll be using that for my final project, so you'll see what that looks like. I also like the Sharpie Twin tips on one end is the regular size Sharpie, and on the other end is a much thinner version of the Sharpie, which is nice if you want to do detail work. This is kind of the equivalent to the 05 size of the micron pin, and if you don't have any pens on hand, that's totally fine. Will be our right just using paper and pencil. And here is the workbook that will be using for our class. I have included all of the practice sheets that you'll be needing on these practice sheets . Go over the lower case alphabets, and then there's also some blank practice. He's free to use as well. And up here we have project ideas in case you don't really know what to write or if you need something to spark your creativity, there's that. And then we have some embellishment examples, which will be going over later in the class and last, but not least, bring your own creativity for this class. We're all creative. We just need to figure out how to find our creative voice and show that inner work. It's a process. But once you get the basics down, you'll figure out how to personalize your work. To stand out from the crowd and the next section of the class, we will be going over the difference between lettering and calligraphy. 4. What is Lettering and Calligraphy?: hand lettering is the art of drawing letters, and calligraphy is the art of writing beautifully. Calligraphy is often characterized by thick down strokes and thin up strokes, which we will be imitating to create faux calligraphy. So let's go over some terms that will be important for you to know in this class. We're going to be looking at this area right here, and we're going to break down what each line means. This line right here is called the Baseline, and that's gonna be the line where most of our letters are gonna rest. This line right above it is called R X height line or waste midline. The space between the baseline and the X height line is where the majority of your letters are going to sit. The line at the very bottom is called the dissenter line. It's basically that invisible line, which is why I made it a little bit lighter. That's going to show you the bottom of the letters that extend below the baseline, and this is gonna be important for letters such as P. Q. Why NJ. And last but not least, this very top line is called Theis Sender Line. pretty similar to the D center line, but it's going to be important for letters that extend above the X height lines such as H K l and letters like that. So remember how we talked about in calligraphy that are up? Strokes are thin and are down. Strokes are think so. I'm gonna demonstrate that to you. Using a brush pen thin upstroke, pick down stroke. Been upstroke Thick down stroke. The beginning of this letter is gonna be called our entrance stroke. And the end of this letter is gonna be called our exit strokes. And those were gonna be important when we get to connecting letters. 5. Are You Faux Real?: Now that we have learned the basics of modern calligraphy, let's figure out how to create faux calligraphy. You remember how the down shocks are thick and the up strokes are thin in modern calligraphy. Well, we're essentially going to manually create these differences and thickness by filling in the big areas. Let's take a closer look. So info, calligraphy. We're going to meet, imitating the thick down stroke by shading in the area. All right, so I'm gonna put this to the side because I want to show you some basic calligraphy strokes . We're going to start out with the hairline stroke, which is essentially what up strokes look like It was a simple line, a thin line. So this is our hairline stroke, and now we're going to go to a down stroke, which is gonna be thicker, So we're just gonna fill that in. This is where full calligraphy comes in. You make a parallel line next to the line and you can fill it in. And now we're going to do an under turn, which goes from a down truck in two and upstroke. And remember, on our down shocks, we always want thick lines. So we're going to draw another parallel mind To make that part thicker. We're gonna fill it in, and this is are under turn. This was a down stroke. This is also upstroke. You can call it that as well. Now we're going to do in overturn what? She goes from an upslope into a down truck, and we're gonna thicken up the down stroke and fill it in. And next, we're going to do a compound curve, which is essentially combining the under turn with the overturn. So we're going to start at the bottom creator upstroke into a down stroke, and then that down stroke is gonna tend into an upstroke. And remember, we want to thicken the line from our down stroke like so and fill it in. Now, let's try an oval shape. All right, So notice how are down? Stroke was on the left side of the oval, so we're gonna go ahead and thicken the left side and fill it in. Now we're going to do in a sending loop, so we're going to start around up here, start an upstroke curve back around into a down stroke, all right? And if you look over here back at this page. It's kind of what this line of the H is. That's gonna be our ascending loop. Okay? And notice how we that line is thick. So we are going to thicken this line by adding a parallel line next to it. We're gonna fill it in. And this is our compound curve. Oh, and we just did the ascending Lou. And the last stroke we're going to go over is called a descending loop. So we're gonna start here and make our down stroke and then curve upwards, start creating an upstroke, and we're going to thicken the line of our down stroke. So this is gonna be important for letters such as J. Why, G um And then ascending loop is gonna be good for letters like B H K. All right, so we've gone over all our basic strokes in order to make letters. It's essentially just a combination of these strokes. So, for example, let's go back to our H over here. We're gonna combine an ascending loop with an overturn. So what that's gonna look like is we're going to start with our ascending loop. All right? I'm gonna fill that in fill in that down truck. All right, that's are sending lewd. So now we're going to add the overturn to it, I think, in that line. All right, so now we add those together, we're going to get R H. And then we haven't We have our letter when we're connecting our letters toe other letters we're gonna add in our entrance stroke an exit stroke, which is essentially just a hairline stroke and really a compound curve. Because you're starting with that. Overturn your coming down and you're going back up into that under turns your combining the overturned in the under turn to create the exit stroke of this H. In the next video, we'll be going over the lower case off a bit. 6. Let's Learn the ABCs: now that we've laying, had a thinking are down strokes Let's put it to practice in Wrexham letters. So All right, so we've gone over our terminology. We've practiced our basic strokes and we've combined basics coach to form a letter. So now we're going to actually crack this all of the letters. So we're gonna put this to the side. We're gonna get out our workbook. What you should be able to find in the resource is section of this class. Let me know if you're having any issues with finding it. We're gonna go to the first page and we're gonna work through every single letter together . So I'm only gonna be reading each letter once, but I've given you plenty of space that you can practice on your own. So I'm gonna start with my A going to start with a down stroke and we see the first part of this A is basically that Opal Shipley practice on our strokes. And then when you start, appear and do a down truck and now we've got our skeleton of rt. So now we're going to add parallel lines on our down strokes and then we're gonna fill them in. And now we've got our eight. I'm going to be This is our ascending loop, but I'm going to thicken the down stroke. See, it's probably one of the easiest letters, all right? And then we're gonna do our d got our skeleton, and then we're gonna add in a pair of the lines for a down stroke, and then we're gonna fill him in and notice how I don't always put the parallel line on either the left or the right side. Kind of just I ball it and see what looks best given that letter and the spacing between other letters. And we'll get more into that once we are creating words here. Is that a sending loop again? Adding are parallel lines. And now we're gonna Solomon, - and that completes our letters. 7. Creating Words: Now that we have taken time to practice writing letters individually, let's put it all together. Now that's practice, combining letters to make words I'm going in and adding my focal a graffiti lines I'm gonna filament. And the reason I lift my pen after most letters is to make sure that I'm getting this spacing right, because it look we're going for is a bit different than regular cursive, where you don't really lift up your pen. This is also where those entrance and exit folks come in. So notice how we haven't entrance, spoke with our age, come out into an exit stroke, and that extra stroke actually becomes the entrance stroke for the letter e and so on and so forth, all right. 8. Breaking the Rules (Bouncy Lettering): all right, You're doing great. But let's take it a step further. I know you're probably thinking about how to start creating your own style. Maybe you want to write words in a fun and funky way. Or maybe you wanna portray an emotion through your writing. We learned earlier about the basics of calligraphy and the importance of a center line, X height line, baseline and the center line. What? Now let's change things up. Alright, so I've got my blank practice. She ready? And I'm gonna show you how to break the rules in order to create your own style. So remember back when we were going over the basic terms we have are a center line that top line, the X height line, the baseline and the dissenter line. I'll just leave that there for your reference. I'm just going to write the word high, so I'm gonna start with my sending loop. The ascending loop goes up to the Ascender line, and the H is going to sit on the baseline, all right. And then the hump of the age goes up to the waistline and I'm gonna make my letter. I and it also the top of the eye goes on the waistlines, and then I'm gonna add my dot over the I and I'm going to add in my for calligraphy. I'm gonna color it in. Oh, no. In order to get a more bouncy look, we're going, Teoh, differentiate what line we're going to use. All right, so now we're going thio more of a bouncy lettering style, using the same word so you can see the difference someone set with my eight. And instead of going up to the a center line, I'm going to go a little bit past it. I'm gonna start my center loop. It's gonna go a little bit past at a center line, and it's gonna come back down to the baseline, all right? And then that hump of the H, I'm going to go a little bit past that waistline and then on my down to joke, I'm going to come down a little bit past that baseline and up back to the I. And for that I am going to follow the normal rules and you can see how it kind of gives it a little bit more personality already. Let's try writing a different word. Let's write the word star. It's going to start. My s gonna follow rules for that one. Go up to my tea and the centerline is fined for that one. But on my downfield, I'm gonna go past the baseline from my A. I'll follow the rules before my are a little past the waistline and passed the baseline. And instead of a normal cross with it, See, I'm gonna make a sorely line. I'm going to finish making my folk Allegra felines and then Elena Philemon. So see, how are lettering is starting to come to life and it's not so basic. Let's try writing one more word. Let's write the word heart again. I'm gonna follow a similar pattern. Is that h gonna go past the base line up and then go a little bit past that waistline for the but down to the baseline? Man, I'm gonna follow the rules for the first part of the A and then go a little bit past down the baseline for the down stroke. So see, heightened kind of very where each stroke is hitting. So you don't always have to hit that baseline. You don't always have to hit that waistline or a center line, you can kind of do whatever your heart desires. The only thing is, I wouldn't do the same thing for every single letter so I wouldn't go past the baseline for every single letter. See how this is sitting on the baseline? Still and part of that are still sitting on the baseline so I wouldn't make all my line to go past it, because that's not gonna look as nice. And then for my tea, I'm going across it in a fancy wiggin and then add my folk Allegra felines. And that's how you get a bouncier lettering style. Another thing you can do to vary your lettering style is you can make your folk calligraphy thicker or super thin, and I'll show you. Let's write the word high again. Let's just call this standard size so never gonna dio a really thick one. So for the thick one, I'm going to kind of leave more space between each letter, all right, because we're gonna have some thick lines just filling, man. Now all you can do it super thin. I'm gonna have less space between my letters this time. This is closer to modern calligraphy. All right, so we have sin your standard, and we have steak. Another cool thing about this style is that instead of feeling in the focal igra fee with just a solid color, you can make any design you want. So, for example, I'm gonna use the word high again just because it's short. Okay, Gonna make my lines instead of filling them all away. And I can just leave it like that if I wanted to. Let's try something else. What's the polka dots? That's kind of cool. Let's try one more going to go with Ann Arbor effects at the bottom of each. I'm just gonna fill it in normally. Then in the middle, I'm going to add that's and at the top. I'm just gonna leave it blank. So I kind of get that ombre effect, which I really like and the possibilities are all honestly endless. With this, you can do stripes, stars, diamonds, any kind of pattern you want, you can dio. And this is where it might be cool to do the picker faux calligraphy so you can fit in more things in your designs 9. Embellishments: be creative. You can embellish in any way you want. The possibilities are endless. Go crazy but not too crazy. So on the last page of your workbook at the top, I have project phrase ideas which will come in handy if you need some help deciding what phrase you want to write. And here I have some embellishment idea. So I'm just going to give a few examples of what that might look like when you add it to your lettering. I'm going to write the word hope, and I'm gonna add my from calligraphy and I'm gonna dio diagonal lines. So now that I've got the lettering done, I'm gonna add some embellishments and I kind of like the laurels here. So I'm just gonna go for that. I'm gonna do the same thing on the other side. Sometimes when you're doing this is hard to get the same shape law. But I kind of just do my best, all right? And I'll do one more going to write the word love for this one. I'm just going to leave the folk calligraphy as is. I'm not going to fill it in or put any design in it. going to use this kind of like that. Maybe add Cem diamonds here. And really with this, you can do whatever you want. You don't even have to use the embellishments on this list. Honestly, use your creativity. I'm chief and come up with a lot of cool things as well. But I did want to show you how cool banners would be and a common fill in the space when it shows the back of the banner for more contrast. All right, No, we can put a word in here, you and at our full calligraphy. So Ben is gonna be pretty cool, too. And the last thing I want to show you is that you don't have to have this script style all the time. With full calligraphy, you can do focal a coffee with normal capital letters, for example. Let's try a d I have to do is keep in mind where you're down Strokes are in thinking that, like so and you can also do the same thing with the lower case letters. Just think in the down stroke. I'm gonna add some embellishment to these letters as well. Plexi for the f I kind of like this star looking things. So I am going Teoh, just do that around the I think I want to add doctor as well. See what? This You can really do anything. Whatever you think looks good. And these are just some examples of how you can embellish your work, add your own style and make it more interesting. 10. Rough Sketch: now, I'd like you to get started on your project in the workbook. I have provided some phrases you could write if you're unsure of what to choose. Countries also has great inspiration. You could search inspirational quotes, love quotes or whatever you're looking for or you can write the same thing I do. I'm gonna be writing be strong and take heart. Let's get started. So let's start brainstorming ideas for our composition. I like to come up with about three very, very rough sketches to see which direction I want to go in. But first, I'm just gonna write out the phrase I'm gonna be doing which is B strong and take heart. I'm kind of just looking at it, getting an idea of what the words looked like together. And I'm going toe underlined the words that I want to stand out in pop. So those are going to be the words that are bigger, bolder, and the other ones are gonna be just the ones on the sidelines. And now I'm going to start with simple shapes to create different compositions for about three different ideas, some starting out with rectangles. And I'm basically making a shape for every single word that I'm going to be writing. So the bigger shapes are for the bigger words, smaller ships of further smaller words. And with this, I want to make things interesting. So I'm gonna actually make this interesting. And as you can see, I'm not really using a ruler, but you totally can if you'd like cleaner lines. But I kind of like the hand written. Not perfect. Look, to be honest, all right, so this is gonna be the first sketch I'm gonna dio. I'm gonna go ahead and just do the templates for each one of my sketches. So for the 2nd 1 I kind of wanted to just be a circle. And of course, this is not a perfect circle, but we get the gist of it. This one I want to make a little bit more interesting. I'm going to start out with a small rectangle as just like the 1st 1 men gonna come around like that. This is going to be the baseline for my lettering. And then I'm gonna use the overall for the next two words and going to finish it off with a line like that and this is gonna be the baseline for heart, but you'll see that as I start to go in and right in the words. All right, so here we go. This is just nothing too fancy just getting this idea in. And the words don't have to fit perfectly into the shapes. They are just guidelines. So not a kind of getting an idea of how these shapes can help you create beautiful compositions. I'm going to start this one just like I started the first with the word be in that top rectangle. And then remember how I said this is gonna be the baseline for my lettering. I'm going to write on that line and go in the same direction it's going, which could be cookie at first because it's not natural to write in this direction. The number is gonna foul the shape of this oval for the next two words. All right. And again, this is going to be my baseline. The line I'm going to write on top of All right, we're making good progress. And for this one, I'm gonna start like this, gonna absolutely use this kind of writing for the B instead of capitalizing it. And remember, the shapes are just guidelines. It doesn't have toe perfectly go right around that line of the circle. But if that's what you want to do, go right on ahead. So this is the gist of my three different compositions. So now I'm going to go in in at some embellishments to them just to see how I like them gonna add in some laurels here, remember, this is just the sketch. It doesn't have to be perfect. We just want to get our ideas down onto the paper. All right. For this one. I'm going to kind of make this diamond shape here and the same on this side. Andi, let's do some looks here. All right? Kind of like that. As you can see, my pencil smudged a little there, but that's totally okay, because this is just the sketch. Let's see what I want to do with this one. Let's do some diamonds here as well. Oh, and I think it would be very cool if I did a loop part here. Just toe much. The word there put in some more diamonds, just a fill in the space, and a lot of times. If you do want Teoh go all the way to the edge of your shapes like it wanted to fill in the space here I could with embellishments. Well, look, I forgot to cross my tea there. There we go. Um, so you let's add some more diamonds and you can totally add any kind of embellishment you like. This is just kind of the look I'm going for for this. So now all of my compositions are pretty much done at this point. It's when I take a look at it and decide which direction I want to go in. And honestly, this is a very hard decision for me because I kind of like all of them. But obviously we're not gonna do all of them. So let's go with this one. Let's get our paper that will be using for Final and keep this off to the side, because we want to refer back to it and we're gonna basically do the same thing, but just bigger, because our sketches are smaller concepts so that we will figure out where we want to go next 11. Final Sketch: So now we are going Teoh, transfer our rough sketch into our final sketch. And since this is the final sketch, I'm going to use this container to trace my circle because I want a perfect circle. I'm just gonna trace it very lightly, since this is a line that we're gonna be erasing at the end. Now that I have my circle traced, I will basically start lettering. What's in my sketch? And I'm taking my time with this. There's no need to rush the important thing about your final sketches that you wanted to be very clean. Because when you are going back, Teoh, think everything. You wanna know exactly which lines you're tracing because you definitely don't want to trace the running lines. Been there, done that and that sucks. All right, so far, so good. I want to keep this loop so I might have Teoh erase a little bit, so it's not as cramped. Yeah, I'm gonna go in with my racer because I want this sketch to be very neat. We're gonna bring this E down a little bit so that this line can breathe a little bit. Gonna raise this extra line there I'm going to put in my embellishments, my diamonds. I actually think I want Teoh go a little fancy with this e So gonna fill in this space over here and add warned embellishments. And really, you can have at however many embellishments you want out of your own personality into it. Whatever looks good to you. All right, now I'm going to go in and out of my folk Allegra felines and this will be super important when we go into our inking section because when we trace over with ink, I don't want the lines in between the full calligraphy. I wanted to be very clean. And when I do folk Allegra fee, I don't always go on the left side or the right side of the line. I just kind of figure out what it looks better with each letter cause each letter is different and it also depend on how close your letters are in your writing. It's really whatever looks good to you, and I tried to keep the lines as close to the same side as possible. For example, I want the folk calligraphy seconds to be roughly the same size for the most part. All right, and we're done. Let's start thinking 12. Inking: So now that we're done with our final sketch, we're going to start thinking and I'm going to be using my micron pen and then 05 size and again, we want to go very slow and remember that I don't want to copy the lines in between my focal a graffiti line. So I'm going to stop once I get to the edge of a full calligraphy line and then we're gonna pick up or left off. So see how this is a perfect shape and there's no line in between. That's what we want. Women go in and fill in the design that would like. We don't have to worry about a line in between messing up our design. Just take it nice and slow and it's okay if you don't copy the lines perfectly, and I'm making sure that the bottom of my hand does not smudge my pen marks. So far, so good. - You see how it kind of went over this line? It's okay if that happens, and depending on, if you want to just fill in the area completely, sometimes it doesn't even matter. Like for this one. I'm gonna do ombre effect. So you won't see the lines anyway. Okay. So from our most important words, the strong and the heart I'm gonna do ombre effect like I was mentioning before. So what that's going to look like is I'm going Teoh feel in the bottom part completely. Then towards the middle, I'm just going to add dots and at the top, I'm not going to feel anything. So it gives it kind of a greedy int look which I really like. So I'm gonna go ahead and complete that with other letters of my word. Sometimes you do it and you're you won't take our break up enough. So hundreds gonna bring it up a bit more. I'm gonna do this with every section, so in the r and notice how there's two sections when the lines get thicker. So I'm going to do the ombre effect in both areas. Same thing with the O and honestly, it's kind of a fun process Could be very therapeutic. I shouldn't want to bring us up a bit more. There we go. The whole thing about this is that it is very forgiving because at the end of the day, follow cells just fill it all in. So notice how I accidentally, um, filled in this area of the full calligraphy. That's totally fine, because what I'm going to do is I'm gonna bring up that number effect higher so you won't even be able to see that line. And then I'm just going to feel in with dots and notice how that line has basically disappeared. You never know. And we're almost done with our main words. All right, honestly, if I wanted to, I could keep it like this, but I think I want to do a little bit more with the focal. A graffiti, in my other words, let's see. Yeah, I think I'm just going Teoh simply fill it in. I'm being very careful with the bottom of my hand. I don't want to smudge anything from being very careful to feeling aligned without going outside of it. If you do go outside of it, it's OK. You can kind of touch it up. Now I'm deciding if I want to keep this open or fill it in like I filled in the others. Yeah, I think I'm gonna go ahead and fill it in. I'm gonna see if I like diagonal lines. Change it up a little bit. Kind of like that. I'm gonna leave it at that. So as soon as my ink dries, I'm going to erase all of the pencil, and we're going to see what we're left with. My ink is completely dry, so I'm gonna go in and erase it very carefully. You want to be sure that you have a good grip on your paper so that your paper does not get wrinkled because that is the last thing you want. And you want to be sure that your ink is completely dry because when you're erasing and it gets smudged because ink is not dry, that is not going to be fun. All right, I think we're done. Just wipe away our racer hazings, and that completes my version of our project. I really like how it came out. And I'm looking forward to seeing how you incorporate your own style and personality into your own projects. 13. Final Thoughts: you made it through the course. Congrats. You've learned the basics of calligraphy. How to combine letters and use the focal geography technique, how to embellish your work and how to act personality to your lettering by breaking the rules. Remember hen letter and gets better with practice. Practice makes progress. It's the imperfections that actually make handler very unique and beautiful. Now let's see your practice. Don't forget toe. Upload your project for support and feedback. You can upload your full progress from sketch all the way to the final piece. Or you could just upload your masterpiece at the end of you prefer. Either way, I'd love to see what you have to share. If you show your work from your project on social media, please tag me so that I can see your beautiful work and show my support. Thank you so much for taking this classic happy hand battery