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Lettering In Print Design: Design Your Own Brush Lettering Print Art

teacher avatar Sheila B, Letterer + Maker

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6 Lessons (41m)
    • 1. Say Hello!

    • 2. Essential Tools & Supplies

    • 3. Practicing & Warm-up

    • 4. Illustrating With Watercolor: Flowers Etc

    • 5. Designing Print Art Composition & Inking

    • 6. Using Adobe Illustrator & Finishing Your Design

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About This Class

Hi and say hello to my new class entitled "Lettering In Print Design: Design Your Own Brush Lettering Print Art".

This class is more about creative freedom and exploring different mediums to create unique designs, than mere focusing on just one technique. In this class you will learn how to turn your everyday writing into a lettering style using regular tools like a sharpie.

You can use these techniques to design anything for print or digital. You can design your own holiday greeting cards with it and send it to your friends or family!

I will introduce you to different styles of lettering and how you can derive your own style with practice. You will also get a lettering practice sheet with this class to try three different styles of brush-pen lettering. 

We will see how to combine different mediums in a single design-work by vectoring them in Adobe Illustrator. I will introduce you to watercolors and how to use them to paint custom watercolor elements. You will learn how to digitize watercolor illustrations using Adobe Illustrator. Vectoring your watercolor designs in Illustrator have unique advantages. You can easily edit and re-use them in different designs. Finally, using it all together to design some unique art, in Adobe Illustrator. 

The challenge while working with multiple mediums is to find a connection between them. And that’s why working on each element in digital form, solves that problem pretty well. Would love to see you all inside this class and create something special. You can join me inside and start learning. If you have any doubts then please do ask me. Bye! ;)

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Sheila B

Letterer + Maker


I love doing calligraphy, lettering, illustrations and making things.

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1. Say Hello!: hi and say hello to my new fast paced class. You might know me for my previous classes, where I taught various techniques related to water brushes, watercolors, brush pens and modern calligraphy with think. But in this class it's somewhat different. It's more about creative freedom and exploring different mediums to create unique designs than mere focusing on just one technique. In this class, you'll learn how to turn your everyday writing into a lettering style, using regular tools like a Sharpie and all introduce you two different styles of lettering and how you could derive your own style with practice. You also get a lettering. Practice she with this class to try three different styles of brush. Pen lettering way. We'll see how to combine different mediums in a single design work by vectoring them in Adobe Illustrator I will introduce you to watercolors and how to use them to custom watercolor elements, and you will learn how to digitize watercolor illustrations using adobe illustrator Vectoring. Your watercolor designs in illustrator have unique advantages. You could easily edit and reuse them in different designs, finally using it all together to design some unique art in Adobe Illustrator Challenge while working with multiple mediums is to find a connection between them. And that's why we're working on each element in digital form. Would love to see you all inside this class and create something special. 2. Essential Tools & Supplies: in my previous class. If you did enroll into that, you learned about how to use water brushes. Teoh Letter. A print art. You also learned about how to use the same water brush to paint, floral designs and other illustrations in this fast paced glass. I want you to keep those learnings in mind and progress further. I will start by looking at some of the tools that I will be using in this class and what you can use to then, for those who have just started with lettering need not to worry. I have a lesson on how to do warm ups and how to start brush lettering. I will also show you the correct way to practice using practice sheets and briefly take you through different styles of letter forms that you may want to try. If you already have taken my earlier classes, then you may want to just skip this section or watch it faster. After that, I'll try to teach you how to use regular artist's brushes to draw watercolor illustrations and floral designs, and finally, how to use everything in Adobe Illustrator after digitization of each element, which gives you freedom to experiment beyond paper and mediums. And be sure to practice each of these things with me while you're watching my videos. But before that, I will show you the tools that you need for this creative class. First you'll need a pencil or a mechanical pencil and an eraser that I usually use for sketching. I recommend any regular pencil, but most importantly, it needs to be sharp. And if you are not a beginner, then you might not need these. You can use brush pens directly onto the paper. After pencil and eraser, you will need a brush pin. I have two varieties of brush bones. The 1st 1 is good for lettering, but it's better if you use it for detail ing. The 2nd 1 is something that is easy to find and what I will be using to draw letters during this glass. It's a Sharpie pen, those used for fabrics. I recommend this brand because they have several versions for markers and brush pens. They work perfectly for May, but you can use any variety. I want you to explore different options and look for what works best for your style and do a variety of work. After these, he'll need some paper for practicing and designing your arts. One thing that you need to make sure while working with different mediums is that the paper thickness and quality matches with the medium you're using. So if you're using watercolors, alcohol based markers, some brush bones or any other medium, make sure you have the right paper or else it might bleed. I recommend 1 50 grams for meter or more for most of the use cases for your learnings. I have made a practice sheet for both lower case and upper case letters so that you can learn how to use a thicker brush. Man, you could take a print of these and start practicing. You can use the tracing paper over these, or you can use your lightbox, too. There are different styles that you can follow. You can try building your own style from here. If you're a watercolor beginner, then let me show you how to use it properly. To use water colors, you will need a different kind of paper to These are a watercolor paper, which is around 300 GSM. They provide good blend and texture quality to the watercolor artworks. This is the recommended quality, and they dry pretty quick. Teoh. You should use a drawing board to stick these papers on something. You'll need some kind of masking tape. Teoh. Fix the watercolor paper before you start painting. This keeps your artwork fixed when things get messy. After this basic set up, you'll need some water color supplies. You could keep a few different sizes with you. Use a thin artist's brush with size around two. For most of the painting work, it's easy to paint floral, and you can beautifully blend them. Teoh. These fine size brushes are helpful and adding detail ing and layers. After that, you'll need water colors. I love to use these easy to handle watercolors. There's several brands with really great quality, so you can buy cheaper ones for practicing. And when you're good enough by some expensive ones, it's really worth it, and you don't need to buy a whole package. You can buy them one by one. Collect just the basic colors that you can mix up and blunt new colors initially starts with less color and fewer tools, then gradually increase them. Once you have a better understanding of colors and how to use these tools or else watercolors are easy to get overwhelmed with. With watercolor, you always need a palette for mixing the colors so it's practical for painting instead of keeping appellate. You can also use any plates or thick pages for mixing the colors, too. But palate is the way to go, and finally, you'll need some water and tissue. These are way to keep the artwork and tools always clean. So bring these supplies and continue with this class. Try to practice along with me for best results, so the next lesson will continue with the basic steps and start using our supplies. 3. Practicing & Warm-up: brush pens work differently from regular writing tools such as pencils or pens. That's all because of their flexible tips. So let's start with the basic first step, which is getting warmed up in understanding how brush pens work. You can skip these steps if you are familiar with brush plans. If you want to understand more on these, be sure to check out my brush pen lettering classes for practicing. Use any paper. Any kind of paper will be fine for this purpose. It's not essential to start practicing with a quality paper. A simple copy paper will be enough for the first steps. I'm using a page for my sketch pad. Remember, this is just for initial practice and warm up so even the strokes pleads. It's all fine, and you need a lot of paper to practice. So using premium quality paper won't not be cost effective and wasted of paper to next. Important thing is how you hold your brush been hold the pen the same as the other rush bones, which is like hold the pen at 45 degrees, and after a couple of practice sessions, you will find another angle that suits you and feels natural. But this 45 degrees works for the most hands. Start the warm obsessions with slow and confident motions. Draw some straight lines. First, feel how tough or flexible the tip is tried a few times. Then try some quick curves to achieve curves with different stroke variations. Push your pen gently at the beginning of your line and then push a bit hard at the end. The purpose of this exercise is to gain variation in a single figure. These curvy lines resemble complexity of letter forms, So if you practice these letters become even easier to work with. You can see that I didn't push depend gently at the up strokes, but pushed it hard. That's why there's no gap in the middle of my line where it should be. This is a reason why gaining control on your brush fan is important. Let's continue with a little flourishing. This is the most common decoration used with lettering projects. So start with this one. You could see these kinds of ornamental elements in lots of brush lettering projects. It really shows that you have to hold your pen at the down and up strokes, creating this decoration element is a good way to practice variations of different shocks. Now I will create a few straight lines. Practice the straight lines, a thin line and a thicker one to feel how to push your pen. If you find it difficult to vary the thickness, then try to go extreme at it while drawing thin lines. Barely touch it and while drawing thick lines, press really hard on the paper with the tip. This way, your hands will understand the difference. After that start to write something similar to a lower case letter. It's an I, which is the most common form to practice writing. Repeat it at least three times, then try letters that are a transition to each other. Practice it 23 times. These exercises are most important in practicing control variations and control flow of your brush Man and I will suggest you to practice these exercises a few times before moving on to the next lessons. Now I will continue with more curvy lines. Just use your imagination and draw them as you like. You can create any random, curvy strokes. Just try to add different stroke variations and different shape each time you draw like here. I'm trying different kind of curves, summer elongated and some short with quick variations. You should also try something like these. Lastly, I will try the E letter with continual writing for that whole Japan and try to write at least three e letters at transition to each other. This was just a few warm up exercises to get you started with the brush man. Whenever you grab your brush pens to design your art, be sure to practice these first every time. Even experts do these toe understand new tools and to get warmed up for best results. So once you're warmed up with your brush pens and you have an understanding of what it does , you should move on to trying your hands on different letter forms. I have given three different styles of letter forms to practice on. You could always grab a sheet of paper and work on developing your own style. But these practice sheets are the best way to start riding different letter forms, and you shouldn't worry about Ayers hair. Try to copy over each letter form using lightbox or tracing paper doll under practice sheet printed and get started with this section. You could do some practicing with me, and you could also refer to my other brush lettering classes. This practice sheet was inked by my Sharpie brush, Ben, but don't worry. It doesn't need to be the exact same as you copy these alphabets with your own pen and the method of using brush ban will be the same as warm up. It's just for practicing and to feel how to transition between up strokes and down strokes . All right, just the 1st 2 rows to show how to use this sheet, you can burn it to a simple copy paper as many as you want, and repeat the whole alphabet at least three times, maybe or more until you're confident enough with lower case letters to start with. Hold your pen right n. Let's start with the A push at the top a bit harder at the down stroke, Then hold a bit loose at the up strokes and try to take a break before you draw the last down stroke. To finish your letter. Continue with next one and always take a little break between writing one letter after another. Whenever you see a thicker line. Remember that it's down stroke, and if there is any slim line in transition that is up strokes, you don't need to hurry. Try to write the letter slowly, and if you make a mistake, just print the practice sheet a few times and repeat or rewrite it again. Try to trace what you are seeing on the practice sheet and try to match the stroke variation and flow. In this way, you will slowly learn to control your brush, Ben and initially, it will be tough to trace, but keep on trying and you will grow yourself as a hand Lederer. Just practice one she per day, at least, and it will not take more than 10 or 20 minutes per sheet. Try to practice the way I'm doing here. For now. I'm stopping at N, but you have to continue. Rewrite it two or three times. At least now, after lower case letters, I will move on to upper case letters. So when you're done with the lower case sheet, continue with the upper case letters. The method will be the same. Gentle up strokes and hard down strokes in upper case letters. You will have fewer curves than lower case, so it will be easier for you to practice these letters in comparison to the lower case letters. Try to practice these alphabets and then combine both upper case and lower case alphabets to create a word but one alphabet at a time. Take a small break after that and then start the next letter. If you write them without stopping, you won't be able to maintain the flow and the variation of the strokes. And as your hand will get tired easily, I finished this at N again. But you have to keep writing the whole practice sheet as many as you want. Make sure to check out the other styles to and try to understand the difference between them. 4. Illustrating With Watercolor: Flowers Etc: as this class is about using different mediums to come up with a variety of designs, let me take you through the process of watercolor painting and how to use it to design different stuff for your work. In this section, I'm going to show you how to paint lovely watercolor elements to decorate your lettering. Artwork. The freedom that watercolor gives you is not easily achievable by any other medium or tools . Your brush pens are limited to few colors, and even though there are some varieties of brush pens, which can be blended, the result is not even close toe watercolors. The first step is to prepare all the tools and supplies you will be using for painting. You can look into my brush Ben lettering class to learn more about watercolors and specifically on how to design different water color graphic elements for your designs. Now I'm choosing to colors for painting of flour just for now, a beautiful red tone and a mix of a blue and purple shade and green for the leaves. You could use a palette and a little water to mix your colors. Now don't forget to clean your brush before you dip into another color. It's very important to leave the watercolor pans clean enough. Use your tissue to dry your brushes and clean your brush every time you use the color. Otherwise, it can mess up your design and mix every color separately. And when you wanna blend two colors first mixed one color and then at the other layer on it to mix them, you could get your preparation done. And after the initial set up, you can follow along as I paint a few elements. These elements air, then scanned and uploaded to your computer. So whenever you're about to paint watercolor illustrations and other elements for your design, make sure that you have some brainstorming done about what you're going to paint. I am painting some floral elements, such as flowers and leaves, and these go pretty well. A different lettering designs. I will start by creating some leaves. I don't like to use complex detail ing, so I just paint basic flowers and leaves. Now let's paint some flowers for this purpose. I will be using blending techniques, and now you can refer to my water brush lettering classes for learning more about how to blend different colors and create new washes. So first I will paint the center parts with dense color, then melo, the edges with water and a little paint. That's how you could use blending techniques to create pedals. You should try to experiment with different blending techniques to get different effects, and you could ease different colors and shapes. But the purpose remains the same. You just have to be patient and avoid too much of detail ing in your work. The more you practice, the better it will get and leave the white spaces to create definition for watercolor painting. Two things are very important. One is to leave. White space is in your elements, and the other thing is to blend everything as needed. You can blend multiple colors, or you can just create different capacity of the same color by making it then or thick in consistency. All use some simple flowers like that. I paint here and some Berries to use in my lettering art and make it even more beautiful. You could just paint all these elements in sequence, then scan and use as you need for using multiple colors while blending. Make sure that you leave the first color a little wet, then you second color over the wet surface. This will make the blending look much more natural. I am mixing two beautiful towns and try to paint some elements with my new purple shade, the kind of flowers and leaves that are good assets as supporting elements and many print arts, you can refer to my water brush lettering. Art for the reference resource is that I have attached for practicing different types of flora elements. Finally, I paint some leave elements and branches that will be good as some main parts for your flowers. You should always try to paint some main elements and some supporting elements. This way you could use the supporting elements to balance white spaces in your final design . 5. Designing Print Art Composition & Inking: Once you have your watercolor painted elements done, you can start working on your brush lettering side of the print art you are designing. So in this section, I'll show you how to write a phrase with your thick brush pen. We will use our previous learnings and apply in a real project. And if you're unsure about lettering with brush men in general, I recommend you enroll in my brush pen lettering classes. Start the process by deciding on what your overall composition will look like. Then at first, sketch the whole phrase with your mechanical pencil and use eraser if you make some mistakes or just want to modify anything. If you're confident with these mediums, feel free to do it directly with your brush pen. Before coming to this stage, you can also work on a thumbnail sketch to generate different concepts and then select one of them, which looks best according to your taste and your project objectives. My phrase for my print is be the reason someone smiles today. I thought about highlights seeing the first and the last word of my sentence, so I'm going to sketch the word be and today a little larger than the rest of the phrase. That's what Rule of hierarchy suggests. I will try to position my writing in the middle, and I can start sketching slowly when you're ready with the first word. Now you can imagine where to put the next one. You can work on the pencil sketch multiple times on the same paper or in multiple papers. It all depends on you. And then finally, you can use the light box over it to think it with your brush pen. I'm going to put it in a little under of the B word and write in cursive, Then leave the rest of the phrase in the middle. Now I will, in large and right few smaller letters because it'll look better and make a overall design very interesting. Keeping your design in the middle will help in balancing your design, and you can do this thing with Adobe illustrator to, but I prefer to use theano log method. It helps me in better visualization of the final artwork and to keep your artwork in the middle until you have any special design considerations for your composition. After I'm ready with the middle parts, I will continue with the last two words. You could enlarge those words you want to put emphasis on, like for me. In this case, words smiles, and today I'm trying to maintain the center alignment. You can see how I'm using the whole page for the artwork. You can do it in a different way, too. After pencil sketch, I will add some flourishing or curvy lines to decorate the lettering. I corrected the B letter and added a curvy line to the beginning of the letter, but I changed my mind and erased it. Eventually it looks strange, and I didn't add any flair to my letter forms. Flourishing will add a connection between the letters, and it'll look more appealing. You can use flourishes in any of your hand lettering artwork in the way you want. Once you're done with the pencil sketch, you can do final inking with your brush pen. Using the same process we used earlier for practicing, you need Teoh Inc. The whole pencil sketch with your brush pen. Keep all those basic concepts in mind and then started slowly and right, gentle up strokes harder down strokes in B patients and draw one letter at a time. Try to follow the sketch, but it's perfectly fine. If somewhere you're thinking stroke is different, be slow and study the imperfections of pencil sketch can be corrected to take a break after every letter. Otherwise your hand will be exhausted. When you're done with it. Just erase the sketch lines, and it's ready for further processing. So practices basic concepts. You can further perfect the inked art by using lightbox or fine liner pen, but I will leave it here as it looks fine. And once you're done, you need to skin everything and bring it to your computer to finalize the design. 6. Using Adobe Illustrator & Finishing Your Design: Once you're done with everything, it's important to scan everything in high resolution, then imported in Adobe Illustrator if you are unfamiliar with Adobe illustrator than enroll into some of the beginner classes related to Adobe Illustrator. But whatever that is in this class is pretty easy to follow along. First, let me show you how the artwork will look so that you have an overview of where everything is going. Here is the final results. We got watercolor painted floral elements and brush pin lettered message. After a of you have scanned open your original lettering image and watercolor flowers in Adobe Illustrator, you should scan them on above 600 dp I to get the highly detailed scanned image. Now let me walk you through the necessary steps and tools. Start by creating a new document. I would like to do an a four size documents, so choose that form and drop the menu down. If you're designing this for purposes related to prints, choose C M y que. If you want to use it, just online. Choose RGB mode. After all the settings click on OK, and here is the new art board. Now go to your images and copy them with control or command. See short cut and pays them in newly created art board using shortcut control or command V . Now you can close Thea art boards because we won't need them anymore. I have pasted both lettering and florals here. You could do this to your document to now back to rise everything you need to trace them, and I'm going to handle the lettering first. That's why I will move the watercolor flowers somewhere outside of the art board. Then select the lettering image and align it to the center of the art board under the Align window. Make sure it's a line to the art board. You could move it freely to. If your composition is so now, will vector rise the lettering with the image trace effect. If the window is not opened, you confined it under Windows menu and then click on image trace Option. Now choose the sketched art option from the present part and make sure your previous section is ticked. To see. The results immediately refine the image of it under the advance menu, and we don't need the white part. So just click. Ignore white. You can adjust the end results with threshold and noise option. Play with different options to see which one works best for you. I think now I'm getting better results. So when you're happy with it, click expand. Now. There's no white color in the tracing but will be a graphic layer with no stroke and no Phil, and we must delete that layer. You can delete it using a magic wand tool. Just click on the empty part of the artwork and press delete key. Now the lettering artwork is traced and ready to be used. Next, I will first double click on the writing in the layer. Now I'd like to move my calligraphy right in the middle of my artwork, so select the writing and align it horizontally and vertically under the line menu. Make sure it's aligning to the art board. Now let's trace the graphical elements duplicated by selecting the image and holding your mouths and Ault Key at the same time. We are duplicating because we can undo it if anything goes wrong, as it is much more complex than the lettering part. Now we'll use image trace option again. The method is the same except you have to choose high Fidelity photo auction from the presets part. Now it's fact arise and looks exactly like the original picture Click expand, and now we can work with this. The other method to delete why portion in the scanned image is by double clicking on the vector rised image. As we don't need the white part, go ahead and just click on it and delete it, but it won't give a precise results. As I select all the parts, I can see that there's some tiny spots, so I delete them first. You can manually delete them one by one, or you can use the magic wand to select them and then delete it. There are other advanced tools that you can try to. As I have scanned the image correctly, I will delete the original image. We don't need it anymore, so also like that image and delete it. Next, I will have to ungroomed the victories image to group the parts where they belong. After a grouping, you can see that now it's divided into million's parts, so I have to collect them in little groups. I will create one group for one element I started at the right side and group every flower and leave or branch after another. It takes a little time, so you have to be patient, but it's worth it. If you have many elements in one artwork, you must convert these elements into brush or symbol. This will keep your document light, and there will be fewer chances of them getting corrupted. Moving back to the artwork. I have corrected my phrase. I don't really like the word Be this way, so I'm getting inside the layer and modify the size in place. You can also change your elements. Any time you're free to play with the color effects or textures, you can see that the hole is missing from the letter E. It is there, but it's so small, so I'd like to enlarge that part. For that. Just take a zoom and modify the anchor point with the direct selection tool. Now it's better and visible. You can further enhance these letter forms as you desire. Using smooth two or any other effects. I will start adding floral elements in the artwork and start visualising the big picture. I should start imagining where I should put each element and how so I'll start with the main flowers and gradually add all other leaves and branches, just moving. Rotate them or change the sizes. You can use them as you want. Duplicate a few ones and then put them next to each other. Use your imagination and find the way you can make the artwork more unique and more beautiful. You have all the tools in Adobe Illustrator To do that, just try them. Be playful. A beautiful artwork depends on how you combine these elements, so just use your imagination and make a beautiful wreath of it if you'd like. - When you're finished with the composition, click on the rectangle. Tool will need this to mask the parts that are outside of our art board. Set the size exactly of our A four document 21 by 29.7 centimeters. Now it has black fills, so I changed the filter. None. Align the form in the sun er now, before you mosque the flowers in the rectangle, group them by selecting the flower elements. When it's OK, make sure the rectangle layer is at the top. Select both of them and right click on to make clipping mask. Even after masking, you can refined your image by double clicking on the artwork, then modify anything you want. When you're happy with the result, save it by going to file menu and choose to save if you're saving for the first time, or save as if you want to create another copy of this artwork. So that's how you can also create your beautiful artwork. Using brush lettering and watercolors, you can use thes techniques together to design various unique artworks. So that's it for this class. Brush Been lettering is beautiful World. Being a lettering artist is a proud skill to learn, and with the rise in demand of hand lettering, artists and all trades, this is a great time to learn these skills and live your life by following your passion. I hope this cost helps you in enhancing your lettering skills. As the class is completed, you must practice all these techniques. I taught you the project for this class that you will be creating a beautiful brush Men, lettering, artwork and submitted to Project gallery. You can choose a quote. You want to use the themes, style, decorative elements you want to use and explore themes and mediums to come out with something unique. Lastly, if you have any doubt in any of the section, do you write me in the discussion and I'm here to help and guide you through your learning process, do you check all of my other classes? And if you need to understand the basics of anything else, you want to learn where I have covered different aspects of lettering. If it was helpful to you, please feel free to leave a positive review of this class and be sure to publish your class project, see you in my next class by