Hand Lettering On Balloons | Joy Tay | Skillshare

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Lessons in This Class

6 Lessons (22m)
    • 1. Introduction To Lettering On Balloons

    • 2. Pens to use with balloons

    • 3. Stabilising Your Balloons

    • 4. Brush Pen Lettering Style

    • 5. Faux Calligraphy and Monoline Styles

    • 6. Tips and Your Class Project

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About This Class

If you are looking to put calligraphy and lettering on balloons to create a fun mood at parties and events, letterer Joy Tay has a few tips for you. In this 22-min Skillshare class, learn how to incorporate your hand lettering or faux calligraphy skills to create that quirky touch on your party decor.

Start here to get an overview of the Prep-Play-Display process for infusing calligraphy and lettering on different materials.

You will be taken through a step-by-step approach of how to clean and choose the transparency piece to work on and drafting out your text. Joy will also cover the whole gamut from using water-based pens to paint pens, and the different effects they create - this is a GAME CHANGER as you learn to get the right supplies for this "Words on Wings" project.

The class is great for all levels; whether at the -

Intermediate level: Familiarity with the faux calligraphy style would be great for best results; or as
Beginners: No experience in lettering or calligraphy? No worries! Get a similar look with your own style of lettering using supplies readily available at art supply stores.

What You'll Learn

Positioning for easy lettering. Joy shares her go-to tips and tricks to work with irregularly shaped objects so that you cut down on the frustration on working on non-flat surfaces.

Lettering on balloons. Get tips on the right stationery supplies to use when working with balloons so that your lettering is much smoother.

Let's get creative; the possibilities are endless!

Interested in working with other materials? Check out:

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Joy Tay

Pen & Ink Experimenter, Hand Letterer |


Pen & Ink Experimenter, Hand Letterer | Joynhands Designs

Oh, hi there! You can call me Joy, and I am Pen & Ink Experimenter at Joynhands Designs.

My motto is #letterallthethings, because why letter on paper when they are sooo many other surfaces to letter on? Join me as I take you through my experience and offer you tips and tricks on how to letter on different surfaces and mediums, so that you can create unique pieces that everyone will love.

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1. Introduction To Lettering On Balloons : You can create these fun balloons and bring them at any event to live in it up. That's what we're going to do in this class together. Hey, you can call me joy. In this class, I'm going to be teaching you two different kinds of styles. The fresh pen that T cell, as well as the faux calligraphy cell. Tips on how to write on the round item. Not easy. And of course, the best ends to use. So if COVID come with me, join me in this class. 2. Pens to use with balloons: If you really like the brush calligraphy look, you'll be happy to know that for drawing and balloons, you can actually have a few choices. Spanish share with you what I have tried and what, and what didn't. So if you again, brush lettering, that thing that would be the best to use if you want to use brush pen would be our xik for the beauty. In green. You can see that now the colors, it's quite opaque and it really shows through. Funny thing about this is, depending on the color. It can be quite different in terms of effects. So here I have the red version of the theory. For this version, you can see that in the ink doesn't deposit evenly across the surface. So it's quite important if it's interesting, right? You think this particular brand, it will all work, but it doesn't. It depends on the color. So black works. Green works apparently for the red, it doesn't work so well. It could be. It depends on the die or the pigment that you used. So this is our Tombow Dual Brush. Although you can feel see the color, it is not as vibrant as the seafood APR is. I wouldn't recommend that. So in terms of using it for brush, pen lettering, the good choice to use would be our classic Freudian theory. So the color pops out, the candles quite opaque and it's deposited evenly. I read it a few days before I did this video because I wanted to see the effect of the ink. And when they feed over, this matches the treated, it really does match. And it'll be good if you spray a fixative right before you give your resume to somebody else or you put it up for your declaration. So if you want to use brush lettering as a foodie, very thick is a good one to use. And I'll show you how to use that in another video in a later video. There are also other styles. If you're interested in monoline lettering, you can also use Le Pen. So it's a bit just why I really recommend USE bring a fixative after being done with your lettering or your modern calligraphy work. Now as you can see, it does match, right? So if you're going to use this pen, you should be spraying a fixative so that it doesn't smudge when you are giving this balloon away or if you are going to use it for decoration. So monoline lettering will work for this. Brush pen lettering will also work. And of course, we have at the monoline lettering or we can also do for calligraphy. If you're doing monoline lettering, then you have so many other choices. Malibu box is actually a textile pen, but it does work. There are parts of it goes off. But generally it can work if you write very speedy. Deco color is, of course, my go-to for anything that I wouldn't want to be washed off with water. So take a color works as well. I'll zip pen works well on the first day, but as you can see, the color disappears. 3. Stabilising Your Balloons: When you're working with something circular like balloons our shell to fix him at the video. It's always very helpful to give a stable base for the circular object that you are going to be writing on. So here I have a bowl of plastic ball and it's quite easy for me to, my pop member doing there is vd quite stable. It doesn't move very much. So I recommend you using a ball or similar plastic bowl to make it easy for you to write on. 4. Brush Pen Lettering Style: The first step we are going to be working on is the brush pen lettering style. So I will be using for the beauty. And the green one, the red doesn't for some reason a could be due to the surface, but you can try using the kinda doing that you have. I mean different balloons, we have different surfaces and it's just good for you to try. But for this particular rubber balloon, this one really works as I've shown you in the previous video, when we were trying to all sorts of other inks. So when you are trying to work on your bassoon, make sure there is to make it easy for you. Make sure death, a container. It makes it much more stable for you to write on, especially since this is not a flat surface, then you're going to be finding the middle of the balloon, like so. And then you make sure that you place it in the middle so that your lettering is going to be centered. Now I'm going to bring balloon closer to answer that we can see our lettering and I will be writing what? Pumping. Okay. Say ready. So whole W in position. I usually use a pinky stabilize and I will be writing what popping. So as usual, when you are doing your downstrokes, you pull a greater pressure, but not too much pressure that you burst the balloon. And rightfully, so you get a downstroke and you just move this to help you position your balloon better. So it's really helpful to f of b. Can never going to cross r t. So again, downstroke, upstroke, lighten that mean pressure. So now I'm going to do the popping in capital letters. I'm going to just shift my balloons. It easy for me to write onside the surface right now. And we're going to do just because I just want to do it backwards. So it's pumping. Right? Yeah, was happening. And now I want to do some embellishments. Anything that gold works really great with my green. So this is the marker than using the Staedtler metallic marker. I've also tested it and this works well on balloon. So I'm going to do a sunburst style. So SARSA on this end. So I'm just gonna do a bunch of jacket lines. Just remember to do with Genki because you don't want the balloon can burst. Okay, so it gives it a bit of energy, but it's pumping. And then I'm just gonna do some shadowing. So the egg is a bit of energy. Images show you our end product. What farming and embellishments you can go ahead. I don't recommend for some reason, I don't recommend you. You can try for your own balloon. But every time when I put a not there, like pen ink on top of another pen ink, the balloon pops up. I was so shocked. So after a few rounds, I realized that the balloons usually walk when it's just one time. Sometimes when a layer when ink on top of the balloon burst, you can try it for yourself, but I'll just give you a warning. So what, Robin. So I hope you enjoyed this. You might be wondering, oh my gosh, how am I going to transport the balloon? So I actually have deflated when at the balloon that I already created. And before you transport them to you, what you need to do is you need to spray a fixative on this. So you might want to spray a fixative so that the ink does not come off. And then it's easier for you to transport and then you can blow it up again. 5. Faux Calligraphy and Monoline Styles: If you're not familiar with the brush lettering style, we can also do for calligraphy. So now I'm going to write something very common that we use for balloons, which is Happy Birthday. And I'm gonna write the word happy in bubble letters just because it's a balloon. And birthday info lettering style for let's do this together. I'm going to bring this closer to, as usual, figure out where is the middle of the balloon. Here. And there you were positioned it as such so that your balloon is centralized. And injustice. As usual, please make sure that to make it easier for you, please make sure that you have put it on a base, a bowl of plastic bowl like this that can work. They just be careful of stains, sometimes, especially for pens like that we used. This is water-based pen and it does much and some of the other pens much too. So just be careful about the smudging. If you're ready. Let's draw birthday together. Okay, Before we start, I just want to share with you this particular pen as well as another pen that you're going to be using because they're going to be working with a balloon. It's much better if you use something that's a little bit blurry. Yeah, so this one to two and m tip size. And you may want to use something that big and fat and not too pointy. Yeah. For, for lecturing style, you are going to have your downstrokes thick and your upstrokes thin. So what you'll be doing is you just write down the what, but they won. And then after that you're going to fill in your downstrokes with another stroke beside and it's going to be filled in. Now just make sure again, if I write is well positioned and I'll write the word. Hey, there, you may want to space it out a little bit. Like the sound that they make. He said, happy birthday, you can have coffee. If you're trying to do as a full calligraphy style for this, what you do, you know the path they're going to be downstroke such if your stem of your BI fill, you will be doing an additional Strogatz buffeted. So this is also going to be a downstroke. You can do it to the right or to the left of the original stroke. This is also going to be downstroke. Stem of my tea, downstroke, my age. And sometimes you have a slight error here, maybe a mistake, and this is a good time to just erase the error. If you were able to make that the downstroke, just decide so it will cover up the mistake for now that you have your second stroke judiciary to you again. And now's the time for you to fill in the gaps between the two lines. Just be very careful because you really don't want to pollute up. So when you are writing a balloon, just make sure that it's really, really slow and steady. So you'll be doing this for all the downstrokes. Much easier for me to fill in. The beauty about getting a base to work from. He had food types had also tend to balloon. He's whenever angles, if it easier for you to write on, that hits a little bit crooked, so I'm just going to streak in it. It'll be okay. Being the gaps. Let me show you. It is my birthday. Looks like. Yeah. And I'm going to write the wet happy in a bubble at Fergana position. My happy, such that it's going to be in the middle of my birthday. Right now. I'm just gonna do love math and banishment. Okay. Today. How happy birthday balloon. 6. Tips and Your Class Project: Hey you guys, I hope that you had just as much fun as I did. So here is a tip for you. You may want to bring your laptop balloons to an event, and you might be thinking of deflating the balloon after you've worked on it. But he has two tips that I have to give to you when you might want to instead do the lettering before the event. So you add the venue already. So this means that you don't have to inflate or deflate the balloon because guess what? Depending on the nature or the quality of the rubber balloon, sometimes inflate and deflate did. If we defeat it and you infect, again, it might actually bust and then you might burst into tears. So to avoid that, you may want to inflate the balloon ones and then just work on it and don't defeated after that. Either that or from your home when you're working on the balloon is breather fixative and then you bring the balloons to the event without depleting it. So this guarantees that midway, that balloon will not best. Here's a tip. I mean, of course other things could happen, but inflating and deflating the balloon is definitely one that risk I may not want to take. That's my tip for you. All right, now we have come to the more exciting part. If you are going to be working on your balloons, I like to see them. So your class project is this. When you take a balloon, think about what is the event that you'll be bringing the balloons too, but it's the color theme. And then you pick a suitable binding to this site on what kind of lecturing style you want. Do you want something that is a faux calligraphy style of brush pen style? And then you pick the suitable pen, then the favorite part, let the array and 1 third. Then you can snap a picture, your finished piece, and then post it where we can all see it. And like it, I cannot wait to see what you come up with. If you'd like to get in touch with me or have questions I can help you with. You can always visit the community section of this class and post a new discussion or find me on Instagram at drawing hands. Thank you for taking this class, and I hope to see you in another one.