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Easily create hand lettered designs…without knowing how to draw or hand letter!

Melissa Taylor, ✨Web & Graphic Designer 20+ Years✨

Easily create hand lettered designs…without knowing how to draw or hand letter!

Melissa Taylor, ✨Web & Graphic Designer 20+ Years✨

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12 Lessons (39m)
    • 1. Class introduction

    • 2. Tools you'll need

    • 3. Prepping your canvas - Part 1

    • 4. Prepping your canvas - Part 2

    • 5. Fonts and licensing

    • 6. Setting up the text for your piece

    • 7. Tiling your letters together & applying pencil lead

    • 8. Transferring your letters onto the canvas

    • 9. Testing paint pens and outlining your text

    • 10. Using a paint pen to fill in your letters

    • 11. Finished project

    • 12. Outro and class project

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About This Class

In this class you will learn how to create a beautiful, lettered art piece with your own quote without any knowledge of hand lettering or drawing skills! 

The technique is super easy and you can use it on multiple surfaces like paper, card stock, canvas, and even wood or fabric. In this class, I will be using a framed canvas that you can buy at any craft store.


You’ll need a few items to create your new art piece including:

  • A computer
  • Printer paper
  • Tape and scissors
  • Soft leaded pencil – 2B or so is good
  • Writing pen (ball point is fine)
  • Paint Pen(s)
  • Paint and brush
  • And of course, your surface of choice (I'll be using canvas)

I am going to go over how to setup the type face you want to use in your piece, which font licensing you'll need based on what you’re going to do with your finished piece, how to transfer your letters from your computer screen to your surface, and then I’ll show you a few options on ‘drawing’ the letters using paint pens, sharpies, etc.

And in the end, you’ll have a beautiful finished piece you can hang in your home or give as a gift.

I’ll be using Adobe Illustrator to setup my lettering, but you can use any software that lets you use different fonts and print them out. The class will have some suggestions on other programs you can use to do that.

The project for this class will be to use the technique I show you in this class to create a design piece your own on your surface of choice, and then post your finished product!

It’s a pretty quick class, so you should be able to create your own art piece in no time!

All you’ll need is access to a computer and a printer, a canvas or card stock paper to draw onto, a writing pen, paint pen or a sharpie, and optionally paint and a brush, and you can make a beautiful design piece to hang in your home.

Very excited to show you how to do this, so let’s get started!



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Melissa Taylor

✨Web & Graphic Designer 20+ Years✨


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1. Class introduction: Hi, everyone. My name is Melissa Taylor, and I am an illustrator and a website designer, and I love to create my own art pieces toe hang in my home. In this class, you will learn how to create a beautiful lettered peace without any knowledge at all of how to hand letter or how to draw. The technique I'll teach you is super easy. You can even use it on multiple surfaces like paper card stock or canvas. So I'm going to go over how to set up the type face that you're going to use. How do you transfer that type onto a piece of canvas? The phone licensing you might need based on. If you plan to keep this for yourself or sell it down the road, I will be using Adobe Illustrator to set up my lettering. But in the class, I'll give you a few other options if you don't have illustrator that you can download or get a free trial so that you can set up your lettering on your computer as well. So the project for this class will be to use the technique that you learned during the class and then use that to create your own finished face and then, of course, posted in the project page below. This is a pretty quick class, so you should be able to jump right in and get started and have a piece created in no time at all, or you're going to need for this class is access to a computer. A few basic art supplies, something to draw on like a canvas or a card stock. And from that you're going to be able to create your own beautiful lettered piece toe hang in your home. I'm super excited to show you this technique and what you can do with it, so let's go ahead and get started. 2. Tools you'll need: Okay, so first, let's go over some of the tools and the software you'll need to create your custom design piece. I'll be using Adobe Illustrator to set up the text for my piece, but you can use any software or tool that will let you choose your font and printed out. So some options there try might be something like Can Va, which you can sign up and use for free. You could probably download a trial of Photoshopped or Illustrator or even Photoshopped Express. There's also an application called Lucid Press, which is browser based. I haven't used it extensively, but when I tested the demo, I learned that it comes with a few fonts already and allows you to upload any of your own fonts that you purchased into the system. And then you can use those for your project. So in the class notes, I'll share a list of these software options and linked to sign up or to download for one of the free trials. So to get started, you're gonna need a few items to create your new art piece. You'll need some printer paper and you'll need some Scotch tape. A soft leaded pencil, so you can use just a regular number two pencil like he used to use in school. Um, these work fine. You do have to press a little bit harder. I like more of the art pencils that you can get that have, um, be you can see here. It tells you the softness. The three B is probably the darkest that I have, and that's what I'll be using. Then you'll need a writing pin like a ballpoint pen is just fine. Upsets a pencil. You need a writing pen like a ballpoint pen like this one, and you'll need something crushes. I generally just pick a medium sized brush. I got these at Michael's for I think maybe $45 for the set of three, and you will need some paints. Um, the Martha Stewart craft paint just happened to be on sale. It works well on canvas, which is why I picked it. Um, I haven't ever used it for anything else, but it seems to work pretty well for this type of project. And of course, you'll need either your card stock or a piece of canvas or whatever it is that you're going to do your design on to. So like I said, I purchased everything that Michael's just because it was the closest to me. But you can probably find a lot of this it WalMart or any other craft store that you have. If you do go to Michael's, they usually have to keep on. So they had. The campus is on sale two for one and the paints on sale 40% off. So I thought that worked out well. So this project can be done on pretty much any surface like card, stock or canvas, or even just regular stock paper. I've used this technique on card stock to create invitations or on poster board to create a baby shower game. You could probably even use it on fabric. So once you've mastered the technique, don't be afraid to try a few different pieces on various surfaces. This class is gonna focus on designing on canvas because, in my opinion, canvas is the most difficult type you know, it's pretty lumpy and bumpy, and you have some issues with the pin, and we will have to prep it first. So once you master working on canvas card stock or post aboard will be a snap. So now that you have all your supplies ready, let's put the campus so it could be drying all we set up our letters. 3. Prepping your canvas - Part 1: and this lesson, we're going to set up the canvas and prep it. What you want to do is put a layer of paint on this. It helps kind of tone down the roughness of the canvas texture itself, so that when you do use your paint pin, it doesn't. It's not quite so lumpy. So I just used the Martha Stewart. It's multi satin acrylic craft paint. If you can see that this is just a nawf white color. It's called wedding cake, which seemed to be nice to me. So I'm just going to score some into this cup. I like to use a plastic cup because then when I'm done, I don't have a lot of clean up to do. But if I have some left over, I could just seal it with Saran wrap, and then it stays fresh for a few days. So I'm going to just think I don't use this song brush just due to the size of the cut, and we're just gonna paint a thin layer onto the canvas to prep it. You'll notice that I've also put down a piece of material behind my campus. I tend toe sling my paint, So I want to protect my table. So yeah, you just want to get it smooth and even don't have a lot of lumps of paint or anything like that. And, um, just go through and do the entire campus. You could do the edges as well, if you'd like. Since I'm using such a closed toe white color, I probably won't do the edges. In fact, I might frame this out later with some pieces of trim, which is pretty easy to do. So I think I will just do the front surface and not do the sides and go with that. Okay, so once you're done with that and you have a nice, smooth surface, if you kind of look at it at an angle, you can see that it doesn't have any big lumps in it. It's pretty smooth and just a thin coating to kind of even out some of that campus texture . So we're gonna let this dry for an hour or so. If you have a sunny day putting it out, the sun will help a dry just a little bit faster, and then once it's dry, we're going to take one of these sparkly colors that I have that I really liked. This one's a bit of a gold. This one's more. What's this called Sand Dollars. So this is a little bit Browner and this is a little Golder and they both have some sparkles in them, which I think is great. It gives just a little bit of texture to the canvas when you put your text on it. So it has a little bit of depth and that kind of thing. We're gonna let this dry, we're gonna come back, and we're gonna put this color on top of the white using this sponge brush. 4. Prepping your canvas - Part 2: Okay, so now that this is dried, it's not tacky anymore. I'll admit I did take a hair dryer to it and blew it off real quick to make it dry a little bit faster. So now what we're gonna do is we're gonna take our sparkly paint. It's not super sparkle. It doesn't have glitter in it or anything. It's just a nice little, um, a nice little wash over the back of it to give it a little bit of depth. So this is the one I'm going to use its The Martha Stewart is called Champagne. Gold is just kind of a gold color, and it has a little bit of glitter sparkle. Look in it So and I'm not gonna put this in show cup this time. I'm just gonna put it directly onto the canvas, and I'm gonna use this sponge to spread it around. There's no real rhyme or reason or best way how to do this. I just kind of put it on there, and I'm not going for anything special here. I generally just do some kind of back and forth and blended in. I'm just looking for a little bit of death off of this white canvas, so it's just giving it some streaks. I'm trying not to leave any big lumps, Um, because I want to have a smoother surface to do my letters on top of. But you can see it's coming out pretty well so far, a little more down here at the bottom, and you could do this in a swirl or ways, or however you wanted to do it. I'm just gonna go in straight across on this one, and I want to make sure my edges don't get to defined with the edge of the brush. Here, get a little bit and so you can see when I hold it up to the light. Can you see how it kind of reflects and changes? It's just it's really settled. Gold color. There were quite a few options on colors. With this. They're all pretty neutral, so you could go with whatever color you like. This one's pretty neutral. It's not super bright when you do your letters and you could go in with the corner of your brush. Here you see him adding a few just little streaks, kind of a nice effect. So we just play with that. You know, it takes him. Takes a little bit of trial and error. Um, so yes. So that was the second step. So now our campuses gonna sit and dry and we're going to go to the computer and set or lettering and then bring it back to the campus, and we're gonna transfer the lettering onto the canvas. 5. Fonts and licensing: So let's talk about phones real quick in this class. We're going to use phones on your computer to create your art piece. Keep in mind while you're deciding on which font you want to use, that phones aren't free unless there specifically marked, is free. So please be sure that you have either purchased the thought that you're going to use or that the flint is free and the Creative Commons. If you don't have a great thought that you love you can go to a couple different places online and find a phone that you can buy. Ah, one of my favorite sites is creative market dot com. They have some amazing fun, cool, beautiful thoughts that you can buy and use on your own piece and often times you can purchase a bundle of thoughts together and get multiple different followings for one low price. You can also check out my phone's dot com or Duff font d a fon t dot com, To find different fonts that are generally inexpensive or some that are free, or somebody just donation where so if your piece is going to be for personal use, you're just gonna hang in your house or your office. You can use any thought that's available for personal use free or in the public domain. If you go to create a piece to sell, you need to make sure that the phone is marked as available for commercial use or is marked as something like available to use on N products for sale. If it isn't available commercially or on in products for sale and you want to use the peace commercially, then you should find a different font to use. So these are just some guidelines to work with. I'm not a licensing expert, but if you'll keep those things in mind, you should be good to go. You can also click on any licensing link on a font site that you're on to read more about their specific licensing info. Okay, on to the next lesson. 6. Setting up the text for your piece: Okay, So while we're waiting on our campus to dry, let's decide on the phrase we want to draw and get it all set up for a canvas. So if you don't know exactly what you want to write, you can get a lot of inspiration from someplace like Pinterest. I just did a search for inspirational art quotes and it pulled up all these different options that we can go through and pick one that we like. You could also do funny quotes or famous sayings. Maybe you want to do just your family name, or maybe even something like a hashtag would work. My last name is Taylor, so my husband and I always use hashtag Team Taylor. So that's one that I plan on doing later. So I have decided that I'm going to create this one. Creativity takes courage by only Matisse, so I think that's appropriate since some creating something and it's short and sweet, so it won't take too much time to explain how to do. I've done a few of these were the quotas much longer, and you do start getting the hand cramping so you may want to start off with something small, get the process down and then go for something a little bit longer. So I'm gonna do creativity takes courage. So now that I know what I'm going to put on my canvas, I'm going to go ahead and set up the text to fit onto the exact size that I need it. So I'm going to be using illustrator when I create this text. So my instructions are going to be for illustrator during this class. But you could do very similar things with another software program, so you should be able to take these instructions and duplicate. Um, even if the instructions on exactly the same gonna open illustrator create a new canvas, I'm using a 12 by 12 canvas swell. Set it up as 12 inches by 12 inches and click OK, and now I have my documents set up to the correct size. Now I'm going to turn on my rulers by selecting command are or you go to view rulers and turn on the rulers. And the reason I did that is because I want to pull out some guidelines to work with here. Wanna have a nice sized border? I'm going to do it about an inch you can see appear. Set it to an inch on the ruler. Never do that on each side, and then that'll give me some even spacing to work with. And then I'm gonna set one to the center in each direction. You don't have to do this. I just like to do it. So I know that things are balanced. All right, so we're doing creativity takes courage. And this gonna select my type tool. And I'm just going to type. Creativity takes courage. And I'm going to add in the only Matty's as well. All right, I'm going to center that and then I'm going to start playing with some thoughts. Let's make this a little bit bigger so we can see what we're doing now. What I've discovered in creating these campuses is that although the script he fall INTs with the fin strokes are really pretty. They're pretty difficult to get clean when you're transferring these letters onto a canvas because your paint pin isn't very fine and the roughness of the canvas makes it a little bit lumpy. So I tend to use a fatter font. Um and I have hundreds and hundreds of phones that we could use. The thought that you use is going to be determined based on what you've purchased. So just kind of school through your phones and find something that strikes you as being fun or the thought kind of goes with the quote that you're going to put onto your canvas. I liked the phone that they used on the Pinterest example, which I think is close to American typewriter and see if we have a bold version of that. When we do, I'm going to make that into its own text blocks. I can move it, and then I'm going to make this much bigger. See how that kind of breaks. I'm not sure, like it quite so fat. So I might go to semi bold and then maybe this is no. Maybe that should be semi bold is well, maybe a little smaller. And I'm gonna pull it up here. Yeah, center like that. And I'm gonna toggle off my guidelines which you can use command and cynical, and we'll turn those often on. I think, just visually this needs to be down just a little bit from those guidelines back on with the command cynical and think I want this. Think I want this just a little bit bigger to fill a little bit more space. I can't see how that looks right. Okay. I think I like that now. The reason I do it like this on the exact sizes so I can play with it on my computer much faster than I can on the canvas. So it really helps to set it up to the exact size of your canvas. Get your phone. Exactly how you like it. Get your spacing between your letters all set up here so that you know what it's going to look like once it's done. Okay. And so now we need to print this out. And they were gonna tile the pages together, and then we're going to transfer it onto our campus. So an illustrator page tiling is a little bit strange. You have this option down here in the corner called the print tiling tool. It's the bottom left most corner I co own. And if you click that, you'll see when you put it on your paper and dragon click, it gives you this bounding box to see these little dotted lines. Basically, what that's telling you is this is exactly where your printer is going to print this page. Um, you know, paper is 8.5 by 11. So this is slightly taller and you'll see there's a double line here. And what's that showing you is those of your margins that your printer needs for the rollers to, like, drag the paper through the printer? So what I'm going to do as I'm going to set this up so I could get much onto one sheet of paper as possible so you'll see that I'm not going all the way to the edge on this, and I'll explain that kind of when we're cutting and tiling it out. But I don't want it to end up taking through four piece of paper. So I'm just going to get that set where I want it. And now I'm going to drag out some more guidelines. Turn these back on. I'm going to drag out a guideline toe where the inner margin is here because I'm gonna want to overlap. Otherwise this space will be blank. So I'm gonna go ahead and print that out. I just have a regular black and white printer. You can see here is a preview of exactly what's going to print miss a print here, and then I'm gonna do it again. I'm going to set a margin here, so I know exactly where the height is on this. And then I'm going to do something along these lines. So I get everything in there and then I'm going to print this side. So basically, all I'm doing is I'm tiling so that I get all the words together, and then I'm going to take the pieces of paper together to tile them into one piece. 7. Tiling your letters together & applying pencil lead: Okay, so now that we have our text printed out on paper, we're going to tile them together. And just a quick note. I don't know if you noticed when I created this text of my computer had a typo in it. So that's one really important tip is to check your text first, make sure you didn't misspell anything or leave out a letter before you go and start putting it onto your campus because that would be a real heartbreaker. Teoh, Typo, once you've already gotten it down. So we're gonna do first, we're going to need a pair of scissors. I don't think I mentioned that earlier, but we're going to cut this so that we can tile these two pieces in tow. One piece, you can see there's a big overlay I get all the way to the are on this piece of paper here . So I think I'm going to cut this at the are straight down and then tile them together. So I was gonna I've all this credit between the are in the that's trash and then I'm going to take my tape this and I'm gonna take them together so that it forms one piece like that . You can take it on the front of the back. It really doesn't matter. I'm just gonna take this on the front so that I can get this just right. I don't want to take over the letters. You just want to take on the blank areas. I'm gonna go do that all the way down. One more there. Okay. Now you can see we have one good piece with all the letters. That looks good. And we're gonna take our dried canvas and you can see it fits right on there. Just how we want. So know what I'm gonna do? Since this is the same size is my canvas. I can If I wanted Teoh, I could shift this, like, all the way down to the bottom. Or if I wanted a more centered, you could even go crazy and do it sideways if you wanted to. Um I think I'm just gonna decide that this is where I want it to be on my canvas. So now what I need to do is I need ah, hard drawing purpose. So I'm gonna take these things off my table, and then I'm going to flip this over onto the back and I'm going to get one of myself pencils. And then what I'm going to do is you can see straight through the paper here so you can see the back side of where the letters are. And I'm just going to scribble over those letters with this pen. I want to give it a pretty full coverage. It doesn't have to be super dark. Basically, what we're gonna do is once we've finished this, scribbling over the letters is we're going to flip this on to our canvas, and then we're going to trace over the letters on the front side and that pressure is going to push the lead onto the canvas. So we get an exact duplicate of our letters on the campus so the late will be the same. The letters will be the same. You know, they'll be in a straight line the whole nine yards. So this is a really, really simple way to take text like this. You could do an illustration. Hey, could do pretty much anything and transferred over to a different surface just by doing this lead on the back. I've done this with drawings before, when I was creating a new invitation and I wasn't exactly sure I had to draw duck a baby duck. And I wasn't sure I could get it exactly right on this piece of canvas that I had purchased , you know, the first time around. So I drew it on a piece of paper a couple times, made some edits as I needed to. And then I used this method to transfer it over so that I knew that my final result was going to look just like what I created on the paper that I had really liked. So you can just keep checking a few times as you're doing it and make sure that you're getting all the letters gonna be sure you get those center spaces as well the empty spaces . That will be important. So just about done. Just have to get the name. All right. So you can see you can see through the paper. You can see the letters on the back side, and they're all covered with the lead. I did not get period. So let's get that. Okay, so now we've done that. And now in the next lesson, we're going to transfer this over to our canvas by tracing over it with a ballpoint pen. 8. Transferring your letters onto the canvas: All right, So now that you have your lead drawing on the back of your text on all set up and ready to go, we're going to transfer this over to the canvas by using just a simple ballpoint pen. Now, you're gonna need a little bit of pressure when you draw on this and you can see that the canvases flexible. So what I normally do is I'll take a book and put it underneath the canvas. And it's not a very thick book. And it's perfect cause it gives me a much harder surface so that I don't puncture the canvas when I'm drawing on it. So I'm going to get my lettering, sit where I want it. I'm gonna tape it down so that doesn't move, is I'm doing this. And Scotch tape works well for this. It doesn't pull the paint back up off the canvas. I'm gonna do it mostly at the top and I'll show you why. Because when we're going through this, you might want to peek at your lettering as you go and make sure that you're you're not missing anything. And things are coming off that the lead is coming off onto the canvas as you want it to. All right, So I think that's good. I'm just gonna take my trusty ballpoint pen and I'm going to start just outlining the letters, and he only want to do the outline. You don't want to do the center bit because you're gonna fill that in with pain. So if you wanted to, you could use a different color pin than this lettering. Or, you know what might even be better is when you draw it on your computer to do this in a color so that when you draw over it with the dark colored pen, you can actually see what you're doing. If I had a red ball point pen, I would probably use red. But next time I might do this, maybe in a lighter grey that I can still see it through the back side. But see what I'm doing when I'm drawing on it with my pen. So I'm just filling in. Just tracing really makes it super simple. And after you've done a few letters, you'll understand why I said to go with a short quote initially because my hand is already starting to cramp up I don't know if you can see that it's starting to, you know, just do the letters. And like I said, you can peek underneath. If you can see that you can see that the letters the lead is starting to transfer off down the C R. E. And you can see that there on the from the campus. So I'm just gonna keep on going and I'll speed this up. You don't have to sit here and watch me go through every single letter, but basically, that's what I'm gonna do. Go through every single letter, get some good pressure on it. And then when I'm done, we'll pull this paper often. We'll see a result. Okay? And so that's it. So now we have the entire thing outlined, and it has all transferred over well, to our canvas, it's very faint. I'm not sure you even gonna be able to see that. But you can see there's a little bit of lead mark on there for each of the letters. So in the next lesson, we will start filling that in with our pins and our paint pins 9. Testing paint pens and outlining your text: Okay, so now that we have our text all outlined and we have transferred the lead onto the canvas , gonna take our paper can set that aside, and now you can see it's got the the outlines of all the letters on the campus. So next we're going to fill that in with a paint pin or a Sharpie pen of some sort. And I have a couple options here that I'm gonna go over with you. So the ones I have been using, they are craft smart, and they come in a few different colors. There really aren't many. It's mostly neutrals. Black, gray and gold is what I found at the store. I got two of the blacks because I figured that was what I was going to be using more than anything else. And then Sharpie also have a brand that I found to be. The pen tip is a little bit fatter than I wanted, and some of these letters are a little bit thin, so we're going to go with the craft Smart pins for now. Basically, these air almost like a spray paint can. Can you hear the little clicking so that it's got a little ball inside of it. And when you first open one, you're gonna have to prime it for a little bit. So this gold one I haven't used yet, So I'm gonna show you how to prime that. So what you'll need is a paper towel or piece of paper or something like that. You're gonna give it a couple good shakes, Then you're going to press the tip of it many, many times until the paint stores to come out, so you'll see the paint coming out just a tiny bit on the nib. I don't know if you're even gonna be able to see that the color is really kind of close, but you can see it start to streak out and covering the yellow of the nib itself. So I'm gonna do it a few more times until it starts to show up on my pear. Patel, There it goes. And now you can see then it is completely gold. So something else that I really like to do that has come in handy is I'd like to have a spare canvas on hand that I can test my brushes on. So this is just one that I've randomly tested a few things on. So if you wanted to see what that gold look like to see if it bled just to get a feel for the pen and how it how smoothly it goes across the paper, you could do that. I've also just used it, obviously, to test some colors that one hasn't been trying to either. But what I've also done before is you can take your same letters. And if you want to test it on this test canvas, you could just hold it on, find your ballpoint pen, and then just do another a letter or two on here to give yourself a little bit of a practice page. Really, Before you start, there's probably still enough lead on here to do this without having to go back and mark the lead up again with your pencil. So I have a CEO, which, of course, I put right over another letter. But let's see how that works so sometimes, especially when you first start using the pen like this one. You get a lot, a lot of paint, so you're gonna wanna watch that so that it doesn't kind of bleed outside the lines, so that's a little bit lumpy. Not super excited about that. Another option that I have. And I tried this on a canvas the other day. I used to Sharpie Pin, and I was surprised at how well it came out. It had enough coverage. It looked really good. So you just try and see. Another reason I like to test on a test canvas is because some of the sharpies bleed really deeply into the canvas fibers, so this works really well. This is the the pointing tip Sharpie, so it's not the fat angled one, and it's not the super skinny one. I have a super skinny one here, too, and on some of my canvases, I have actually outlined my text with the Sharpie. First, to give myself a bit of an edge. I don't know that it helped with bleeding, but, um, I felt like it did or gave it a crisper edge, one of the other, so you could do something like that and then come back with your paint 10 and go in and start to color. So I like the pain pin because it dries a little bit shiny, whereas the Sharpie drives pretty flat. So based on the look you're going for, you know you might want pain if you wanted to have a little bit more of a sheen. It's not hugely shiny, but there is definitely a difference. The black is also blacker. The black on the Sharpie is a little bit I don't know more Brown. I guess so. That's gonna be a personal choice on whatever Did you want to use one other thing to keep in mind? These paint pins don't last very long. The Sharpie seems to last a whole lot longer. So if you are starting on something that has a lot of letters on it, you may want to consider getting multiples of whatever you're going to use just so you don't run out midway through. Because if you do switch to a different brand of pen, you'll probably end up getting a different black. So I'm going to bring my campus backup again. I still have the book underneath it, so we'll have some pressure to push down on with my pin and then I'm just going to start. I think I'm going to outline a few letters first and see if that gives me a little more confidence. You know, kind of loosen up my hand in that kind of thing, and then I'll go through with another pin and I will fill them in. So if you tested on your test canvas, you will notice that there's a big difference in how that feels on a campus that has not been painted versus on a campus that has been painted. This feels much better to me in order to draw on. I was gonna go through, do a few letters, and then I'll probably come back and color the man with the pen as I go instead of outlying the whole thing. First you can see here it's just starting to come to life slowly but surely So I'm gonna go through and do this. I'm gonna come back when I have the outline done and show you how that looks, and then we'll come back and we'll do the filling in with the paint 10. Using a paint pen to fill in your letters: Okay, so now I've got all the letters outlined you can see here. I did mess up a little bit on the S, but since I'm gonna be using black paint to fill in the inside, that's not gonna matter. So if you did decide that you wanted to use maybe gold or something a different color, you'll want to be sure that if you outline it first, that use the same color pen. So I'm gonna put it back down here. I'm going to get a piece of paper to put under my hands. I don't think that any of this will smear. I haven't had an issue with that before, but just in case and then I'm going to go through using my Sharpie paint pin and just start filling in, drawing in the lines like when you were a kid. It is very, very kinky. It does put a lot down onto the canvas. So you want to be careful with that, and the outline does help a little. I feel like it helps the ink not to believe, because it has a little bit of a border. And I'm just kind of doing a short, sketchy stroke as I go along, I find that works pretty well. If you have a steady hand, you can, you know, just draw a line. I don't have a steady hand, um, that I would like. So go back, fill in any gaps and then just go through and go through each letter. I think if you are right handed, it's easiest to go left to right so that you don't smear over the think that you've put down onto the canvas. So if you are left handed, were probably easier to go right to left so that you don't smear it. And so again, with these paint pins, just like the rest of the items that I bought for this project, I got him at Michael's as well. I didn't check anywhere else, but I'm sure that you could find them online if maybe on Amazon or at another craft store. So you should give that a shot. I'm sure you'll be able to find different colors and styles, maybe some smaller pen Nibs. I would mind this being a little more pointed at the end to give me a finer line, but he's also, I think, work on all kinds of different surfaces, so you might be able to use these on fabricas. Well, you just have to kind of read and see what all they're good for. So I'm gonna go through this and I will fill finished coloring in all of the letters, and then we can move on from there. 11. Finished project: okay, and then that's it. I've gone through and I've colored all my letters. I see a couple little spots on here that you may end up seeing as it dries. Sometimes you get, you know, little air bubbles or ah, a glare from the light and you can't really tell if you feel everything in. So let it drive for a little while and then you can go back and do any touching up. I think I got the O encourage just a little bit fat, but other than that, I'm pretty happy with it. I ended up doing the small letters for the name in this fine point Sharpie because they're really, really fine and been any big fat spots I filled in with this Sharpie just on the name. The rest of that I ended up doing in the paint pin. And I think I don't know if you can tell there's a little bit of a difference in the shiny nous in the color, and so that's it. So now you've finished coloring everything in, and you have this beautiful finished piece that has the kind of sparkly background that's gonna catch the light, and it's probably done in a font that you wouldn't have been able to managed to hand letter on your own. And, you know, a professional looking finished campus toe hanging your house, your office. So we'll come back in the next lesson and I'll talk about your class project, and I'll show a couple other examples of some other campuses that I've created using different faults. 12. Outro and class project: So now that you've finished the class, you know the super secret technique of how to take any type of lettering, any font style and transferred onto a surface of your choice to make a beautiful letter piece. That's very exciting. So I wanted to show you a couple of other examples of pieces that I've done. And some of the techniques that I used some that worked well, some that didn't and, um, lets you see how those kind of turned out before you start on your class project so you'll see a few behind me right here. This is one. This is the very first canvass I ever created. What I did here was I took a paint pin. I did the transfer process just like we did in the class. And then I outlined all the letters in a paint pin, and then I decided I didn't like it just black on white, So I painted around all of the letters. I think that turned out pretty cool. To have it reversed instead of black on might have been white on a dark color. So I really like that one. A couple other pieces. This one I did recently, and it's all done in Sharpie, so I didn't use any paint pins. I just used that thick sharpie that I showed you in the class. Now I like how it turned out. The ink is really thick. It's very solid and gives good coverage. What I didn't like was that with ease center lines, especially here, like in these loops and on the W. It was really difficult to get a good straight line. So there is a lot of jagged edges and that kind of thing in there. But it also lends to kind of a nice hand drawn feel. This piece is not one that I created, but this is something you could very easily do is to get a block of wood, do the transfer the letter over to the wood, paint the letters if you want to, or you could do them in black and then paint the wood around it on. And this would be something really simple that you could do using that same technique and then, lastly, this one that I created in a very similar style to the one that we just built in our class . I used the same technique with painting first and then doing an overlay of kind of a sparkly color. So those are a few different suggestions to give you some ideas of what you might do in your class project. So for the class project, as you probably guessed, you're mission Should you choose to accept it is to create your own piece using a font style of your choice, transferring it onto your surface of your choice and then posting it in the class projects . Baluch, while you're working on your project, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out. I'm happy to answer any questions you might have, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what you come up with. Thanks so much for watching my class.