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5 Lessons (26m)
    • 1. Overview

    • 2. Basic Banners

    • 3. Organic Banners

    • 4. Embellishments

    • 5. Final Project

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About This Class

Once you take the dive into calligraphy and lettering, both digitally and with pen and paper, you may want to start adding decorative elements to your designs. One of the first things I started incorporating was banners! I love to add banners to pieces such as event invitations and I think they go beautifully with floral elements. Once you get the hang of the basic structure of a banner, drawing them becomes second nature!

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Kaitlyn Wall

Juniper Calligraphy • Digital Calligraphy


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1. Overview: Hey guys. So I am back to teach you some banner basics. Banners air The first step I personally took when I was ready to add decorative elements to my lettering staring at letters, hours on end for years could get cover. Boring eso banners were the first thing I wanted to try. T either visually divide up the design or toe. Add them simply because I like them. I think they're fun to dio I genuinely enjoy making them. So in this class we're gonna be going over two styles of banners that I enjoy doing a zealous, um, embellishments. You can add to them to make them pop the first, which is what I like to call basic banners thes up here. The's air are more structure looking banner. They have sharp corners and right angles. These are important to practice in order to create banners without a reference the next style of banner or what I call organic banners and that is this right here These are looser feeling more flowy. These go beautifully with floral elements. I found definitely more than the structured banners up here. The bare bones of these organic manners are the same as the basic banners, which is why I feel getting the basic banners down was important for me when I was teaching myself how to do these banners on the last section, we will be going over just some quick little things you can add to your banners to make them pop. These aren't necessary, but I genuinely enjoy doing these. One thing you do do need to look out for and I'll go over this later when we get to the embellishment section. But they can get out of hand very quickly and by they I need me. I like to go overboard. Anything. I'm excited to make some banners with you guys. And keep in mind that you absolutely do not need to do these with procreate. Unlike my intro to procreate lettering class. Taking this class with just pen and paper or even pencil with paper is just fine for me. I'm gonna be using the iPad for convenience sake, but you absolutely do not need to do that. They might be better for you guys to do pencil and paper. Um, just whatever you're comfortable with. Um so with all that being said, let's get into the first type of banner 2. Basic Banners: So now we're going to get started on the basic banners. Um, and for those of you on procreate, I'm gonna show you something that makes this really simple. If you're using pen and paper, you're gonna have a more organic look anyway. But if you want to get this look with pen and paper, you can just use a ruler or a straight Ege anything you want to use. So if you want that super clean look on the iPad, I'm going to draw a line and look, I can draw it any which way, But as soon as I stopped and hold it, it'll snap into place. It's called Quick line. I use this a lot for banners, So we're gonna use that today to do these basic banners. So the first thing you're gonna dio is just dry a rectangle, and I'm not gonna make thes perfect. Otherwise, we'll be here all day and all will get so sick of me and hearing my voice. It's hard to get these little ones lined up, but I think that's good enough. Um, now what I like to do, if you're appropriate you can do this is make a new layer, and now we can do the one side. And the one thing that's important to remember with East Side pieces on the banners is to make sure they stay pretty close to the same width as this part of the banner, since it's all part of the same ribbon or paper, whatever banners were made out of. So it doesn't have to be flawless, but you don't want it to be too far off. So now will come down about halfway like this, and then I come down here, make up the so as you can see, I'm not measuring this. It's probably not exactly the same wit as this part, but visually, you can't really tell. So now we're gonna come up here? No. If you watched my insurer procreate class, which isn't necessary to do this class. But if you want to learn how to do stuff on the iPad on appropriate, it's really helpful. You'll know that I thought about layers and how it's really helpful to put every individual thing you're working on on its own layer, and the reason why it's important to do that is for things like this. So now we have this layer selected of this part of the banner. We're gonna take our three fingers, pull down on the screen, copy, paste, pull it over here, mirror it vertically and put it up here. And it's not It's not perfect. They're not gonna be. Now, you don't have to do that. I like to do that just to ensure that the sides look the same. But if you're going for a more organic look or ribbon e look or something not so structured , you really don't want them to look the same. But like I said before, and I've said it many times, just have fun with it. It really doesn't matter at the end of the day. So the last thing you're gonna dio is go from the corner of here, down to here and there you have your first banner. So now we're gonna move on to the double fold of the basic banner and this rolling important to get this banner down, which, by the way, has kind of moved out of the way a little bit for space Sick. Um, so you really want to get this down before you move on to the double fold because the double full banner is most of this banner. So if we take away this part of the banner, you're gonna want to get this down to do the double fold. So now I will show you how to do that. So, like I said, everything in its own layer, I even have our original lay out here. So now we're on a separate lawyer, and we're going to start the double fold. So let's go ahead and start with a rectangle not going to make it perfect again. Um, I also if you have taken my appropriate inter appropriate class, um, I do have my Where is it? There. My streamline turned all the way up. I really like to do that for banners. Does it make sure my lines are straight and I actually really don't like that. So we're gonna double tax to undo. All right? A little stronger here. It happens from time to time. So now we're gonna do the first part of this side, just like we went over before. This time I'm not going to do a new layer to copy it, and I'll show you why I want to keep this middle part of the banner as well as the side wing together in one layer. So let's go ahead and do that. Go and connect that. Okay, so now that we have this, we're gonna pull down. If you're on the ipad app. A copy paced here, it ISS flip it vertically again and put it about right here. And now you're just gonna connect this part here? That's it. That is all you have to do for the double fold banner. Um, we'll go ahead and pinch these together to merge them into one layer. We'll go ahead and move it out of the way, maybe shrink it down a little, and now we will move on to the next one. So moving right along the last of the basic banners is a kind of a ploy on both of these. So there is one single part in the middle, but there's a double fold on the wings on the side. So we'll go ahead and do that. I think this one a little longer. Banners air So fun, because if you're doing it with hand lettering, which already you know isn't pristine, you really don't have to make your banners flawless because it's going with things that are more organic looking organic, like hand lettering or handwriting. So you really have a lot of wiggle room with your banners here. So now we're gonna do a new layer, cause I'm gonna do the copy and paste thing again. You don't have to do that again. I really don't have to do that. I only do that with these really structured, basic banners. I don't do this with any of my other kinds of banners. And when we move on to the organic banners, I'll show you that. So we put that up this time, We're just gonna do a smaller rectangle here, just like that. And now we're going to do another step down half way off of this one with our era wing here . Okay, now that we have that you can see they're stacked on top of each other, going up at an angle, and they're gonna be coming down over here for those of you using pen and paper. Um, it's easier to remember it that way in layers for me, at least. So we're gonna pull down a copy based, flipped vertically and then we're gonna stick it over here and now all we need to dio I'm gonna go ahead and pinch these layers to make them one. And now all we need to do is connect the corners here, and that is another variation of a double fold in that completes the basic banners. 3. Organic Banners: Okay, now it's my second favorite part, the organic banners. And just to reiterates, it's these guys here, these air so fun to me. You are not going to use that quick line feature. If your own procreate, you're not gonna be using that. You really want loose flowing lines. Not perfect, not symmetrical. Which is perfect because I messed up a lot because I'm human. And if you're doing an organic banner and you mess up nine times out of 10 you can pretty much just leave it like you'll see here. This corner is way curled compared to the other ones, and that's that's kind of what you're going for. So being a human being helps out when you're doing organic mayors, so we'll go to the just the original single fold. For this and for my organic banners, I almost always do the single fold. I'll show you again at an angle. I don't know why that is. I just when I make it, that's just how it comes out, and I'll show you if you're appropriate, how to straighten that out. If you're like me and you just default into an angle, if you want it more straight. I will show you how to do that after you make it. So let's go ahead and do that. I like to start off just like this. So you're gonna come up, do a little home here and come up and curb around on the part that you're doing here is the top line. So this is the top line that covers this is the wing and then comes around to the fold and then comes around to the top of the main part of the banner. So now I come down, Go. I kind of make this kind of wavy go up, do another fold, come back out. So essentially, what you're doing here is you're mirroring the top line and flipping it, but I start the side of the banner. This is so hard to explain. Hopefully you guys are visual learners like me. Most people who are into you know, the visual arts are visual learners, and I know it really helps to see other people do it. So now I'll just connect the other side of the man and these lines, they don't have to be exactly like mine. They could be straight if you want. They don't have to be. It doesn't really matter. Um, so now we're just gonna finish off the bottom part of the swing and the top part of this wing again? You want to keep the parts of the banner pretty much the same wit really hard to do sometimes. So now we're gonna go ahead and do the angles here. This side of my banner is a mess, but I think you guys get the idea, and then we're gonna connect here. So as you can see, my default for this single banner is an angle. It's a mess. It's all in one layer. So we're gonna select it, and then you can move it. However you want to do it straight. There it is, Straits. And now we will go on to the double fold. All right, now we're gonna move on to the double fold off the organic banners. If you need to watch this part back a few times to practice, I definitely recommend doing so. I had to do that when I was learning. I had to do these over and over and over on. And I wish that I had had a visual aid of someone doing it at the time. I'm sure that's available now more than just this class, obviously. But, um, a few years ago, when I was teaching these two myself, those researchers want available. So it's great that you know, the lettering community and, you know, just instagram and all of that have evolved to where you know, if you need to watch somebody do something over and over in order to learn it, you can do that. So what's different about this one is with the single fold, we started at the top, but for this one, we're going to start at the bottom. So we'll do that just like that. And now we're gonna come up and just finish the rest of the main part of the banner. Go ahead, do the wing. All right. Now, for those of you on an iPad, we can go ahead and do that copy paste on. And if you're doing pen and paper, all you're gonna do is this exact thing, but mirrored. So we're gonna copy Paste mirror. We're gonna turn it a little just like that. So now the only thing we need to do is connected these two pieces. So we're gonna do it just like that. And there it is. That is your double fold organic banner. And now we're gonna move on to the last of the organic banners. And it's just like the third of the basic banners. So it's a double fold, but the devil folder in the wings. So for this one, I start off with doing the entire bottom line. So this line I'm about to do is the entire bottom off the banner, and you will see what I mean. After I do. It s so I'm gonna go ahead and do that. Oh, right. So all we did hear these are all the bottom fold. So now all we need to do is go in and fill in the chunks of banner, all right. And now we could just fill in the folds and there you have it. That is your double fold organic banner with default in the wings 4. Embellishments : Okay, so now is the fun part. Thinking lengthy embellishments thes really add a nice element to your banners that make them pop. I really enjoy doing these. So I went ahead and just id three examples from what we went over. Um, and we'll start with an embellishment that I like to do for the basic banner. So we'll zoom in. And if you're using pens, my crones or whatever, I would go ahead and use a smaller Penn type, and we're gonna go ahead and make our brush your smaller and for this, we're just gonna shade the folds. But we're just gonna do that doing vertical lines. They don't have to be perfect if you want them to be. You could do that quick line feature we talked about earlier. These are closer together than these. You could make the max they don't have to match. But I really, really love the look of this one with the basic banners. It's one of my favorite wants to do. All right. And now, moving on here, we're gonna do the same thing for the folds. But we're gonna follow the arches here, and then I also like to do a few lines here in the hair, so you're kind of shading, but you're using minimal line work on, and this is really gonna make your lettering stand out because usually when you're using banners with lettering, the lettering is still more important. So you want to keep your banners a simple assed possible if you're going for a more minimalistic look. So that is why I like doing this kind of shading, especially for the organic banners. All right, in the last thing that I like to dio, we're gonna go ahead and do these simple line shadings on this banner. I actually want to do a little smaller. I always like to do one line longer than the others. I also like to curb them so you can really see the curvature of the ribbons. All right, After we don't did that, I'm gonna go ahead and use a bigger one, and we're gonna go ahead and shade the folds in completely and that is it. It's as easy as that 5. Final Project : all right. And now for the project, I'm just gonna show you a little example of how I like to use banners in my lettering. And then for your project, I would really love to see you guys use a banner. One of the banners we went over one of the embellishments we went over to do a little lettering project of a quote. You like anything? I just really want to see these banners in action on. And if you've used or if you've taken my insured appropriate class, you could also use blending modes and layers that we went over there if you like, I'd love to see that. All right, so we'll go ahead and change our brush. I love the heavy calligraphy brush. I'm pretty sure you can get this from creative market. I can't remember the exact website. If you search procreate, brush heavy calligraphy, it will come up on. And I think it's around $3 worth every single penny. It has a really nice thick down stroke and a super super hairston upstroke. And I just love that look. So I will go ahead and start always everything on its new layer for me. I'm going to switch to the model line brush. Um, I also like the mono pigeon from Peggy pigeon letters. She's a good friend of mine. She does amazing work on her. Brush here is free. And now we're gonna fill in the banner. I don't like to do script and banners. Obviously you can. I just don't personally like to. So here you have it. Here is an example of how I like to used banners to embellish my lettering. And I would love love to see you guys do some examples and post them and help each other out. I hope that you enjoy this class as much as I enjoy making it for you. And I can't wait to see what you guys come up with by