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Hand Lettering on Different Materials: Creating Cutout Type

teacher avatar Type Stuff, Art Director & Type Junkie

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6 Lessons (13m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. What you'll need

    • 3. Sketching

    • 4. Transfering to Cardboard

    • 5. Cutting

    • 6. Spray Paint & Done

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About This Class

In this class you will learn how to take your handlettering technique beyond a flat piece of paper. This hopefully inspire to create new projects and try out mediums you had never thought of exploring before.

For this first medium exploration video I will show you how to create an awesome handlettered cardboard cutout sign.

If you are a lettering beginner I recommend the following classes:

fundamentals of typography: http://skl.sh/1RTG4Z8

Learn how to fake the calligraphy look: http://skl.sh/27rx5ro

Learn brush lettering: http://skl.sh/1WPZsfX

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1. Intro: Hi, everyone. Welcome Teoh. Another class. Today I'll be teaching you how to take your new hand lettering skill beyond paper. So if you're here, you're probably want to learn hand lettering or you tried it out yourself and you'll see that you'll reach a point when you're sitting in front of your piece of paper and you're like, You know what? What do we do with this thing? I just learned to do, um, so I'll be showing you different ways that you can use hand lettering, different applications, different materials and for the very 1st 1 I wanted to do something that is simple and easy to do. But it takes your hand lettering technique in a way that you probably haven't done it before. What we'll do is draw our letters on cardboard and cut them out to create a really cool sign that you can use for parties for weddings. It's a D I Y gift to decorate your home. I recently just used it for a baby shower, and it looked really cool. So I hope you enjoy this class and let's go ahead and start 2. What you'll need: what you'll need for this class is a piece of cardboard. So if you just got something online and have a box lying around at home, you can open that up and you set us your mean material. If you don't have a box at home, you can go to any store, any grocery store drugstore, Costco. Just ask them if they have a box that I'm pretty sure they'll be happy to give one to you, Um, a cutting mats, because you don't want to ruin your cutting surface. Um, a couple of box cutters or exact and nice a pencil paper because we always sketch first, very SOS and spray paints. After we you draw in letters, cut them up and we'll spray paint the whole thing so it looks really cool. This is the spray paint. I like to use its called Rustoleum, and really, do you just do a couple coats and it's good to go. If you have any suggestions of spray paint that you think is better than this, let me know. Um, yeah, that's all you need 3. Sketching: Well, as always, we start off by sketching for this class. I am going to be pretending I'm having a beautiful summer party, and I want to Hying a sign on top of my drinks table, and it's gonna say Cheers. If you don't know exactly how to draw your letters, you can either take my other hand lettering classes on skill share. Or you can go ahead and get one of my two lettering kids there. I saw them on a website called type kits dot Co. This one is toe learn holography, which is faking calligraphy. This is the technique I'll be using today. This one comes with a couple of, um, tick away alphabet cards, and this one is for, um, brush lettering. You can use this technique to do your sign, but the reason, while do you saying holography, is because it's a bit easier to control and edit. Once you've started sketching, so you'll see I'll be using photography. So let's write our word. Cheers. The good thing about sketching is that you can start planning ahead and, um, knowing how big your cardboard this needs to be. This word is fairly short, so I don't need a huge piece of cardboard. But if you do a big sign with multiple words, you're probably gonna need something a bit bigger. Something that we have to do with this technique is make sure that thes up strokes are not too thin. Because once you cut, hm, you have to make sure there's enough thickness for you to be able to cut the cardboard. So these letters are probably gonna be a bit more like this, this one. So if we make that upstroke thicker are down, stroke has to be a bit thicker, too. So that's pretty much what are sign is going toe look like. If you want to do more than one word, you can do it, and then you can just connect them with the string afterwards. So if you want to write, for example, hello summer or something like that, it's gonna look something like this. And then what you'll do is you'll just connect these two with a string. Once you've done your son. So you have a little stream here in a little string here. Always remember to keep your letters as connected as you can, because once you start cutting your cardboard. You want something to be connected to your letter so they don't I'll just fall apart. That's the only stuff you have to keep in mind when you're sketching out your letters. 4. Transfering to Cardboard: This is what we wanna have transferred on her cardboard. We're going to start drawing it just by referencing it. So we start here with our seat, start drawing lightly, and then as you get more comfortable, go over it. This ended up being the perfect size for what I want. Here is when we start making everything thicker, make sure you're up. Strokes are not too thin because you are going to be cutting this, so we'll make this one a bit thick. - There's a couple of things that I want to point out. Little things you can do. So here I ended my s with kind of like a triangle kind of ending. So what I can do here is make this into a bit more like a triangle. Shape your up Strokes are gonna be a bit thick. Make sure there are roughly the same weight throughout your whole worth. So seeing this is roughly the same way. Does this? This is roughly the same weight as this here. I've tried to make it the same way it it's this one. Make sure your upstroke is not too thin because you don't want your cardboard scientist break easily. Also the same thing about your down strokes. Make sure they're roughly the same weight throughout your whole word, and that's pretty much it. That's all you have to look out for. 5. Cutting: Now that we have our word sketched out on our cardboard, we can move on to our cutting part. Make sure you have a cutting that because as you cut, you will cut through this and you might ruin anything underneath if you don't have a cutting mat set. So make sure you do that. What you need for this is a good old box cutter. You can also use an Exacto knife, but I really prefer a box cutter gonna start here. I like to do this standing up because it gives me a bit more control. Like I think you put some more pressure on the card warm. So you're gonna cut the shapes. It's good to be standing up like I said, because you can put more pressure down on your hand. The more pressure you put on it, the less times you have to go over and over. It's it's it's you 6. Spray Paint & Done: Now what you do is you take your spray paint and do one coat over it and that's it. I just spray painted at the sign. As you can tell, it's a really cool gold. All I have left to do now is to go in and clean up all the little stray cardboard bits. But this is pretty much it. When you do your project, feel free to share your initial sketch with me before you actually do the sign. And this way it can help you with the anatomy of the shapes of your letters. And I can answer any questions you might have before you go in and cut your cardboard. As you can see, the sketch varies a bit from your final sign, but it's pretty much the same thing. I hope you enjoy this class, and I'm looking forward to see what you guys can come up with.