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One of my favorite simple pleasures is shopping for new pens and markers, so I recently headed to OfficeMax to stock up on a few new things, some of which I used to create this DIY Teacher’s Gift with a Hand-Lettered Design. I chose some Paper Mate® InkJoy™ Pens (I adore their fun commercials), a big pack of Sharpie® Permanent Ultra-Fine Point Markers (as an 80’s child, I couldn’t pass up the 80’s Glam Limited Edition pack), and finally a pack of Expo® Neon Window Dry Erase markers which can be used on dry erase boards, windows, and mirrors (so fun!).
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Now let’s get into how-to create the project with your new goodies!
In my logo design and typography classes in graphic design school, I learned a few simple tips I’m sharing to help you create a hand-lettered design. You do NOT need to have beautiful handwriting to be capable of creating some awesome hand-lettering (I’m a a prime example!)
TIP #1: USE THE RIGHT TOOLS
Good writing tools are essential. I started with all my new drawing supplies, a ruler, a sharp pencil, and this basic kraft paper pencil box. Ultra-fine Sharpies® are a must for a project like this and the InkJoy™ pens are perfect for detail work.
TIP #2: SKETCH OUT YOUR IDEAS
Even most of the world’s best logo designers and hand-letterers start by sketching out ideas. In my classes we had to do a whole page of ideas. For this project, I decided on a quote and then created a mock-up of of four pencil boxes and sketched out four ideas for the text/design.
TIP #3: SKETCH YOUR CHOSEN DESIGN ONTO THE PROJECT IN PENCIL
Since you don’t want to mess up on your final design, always sketch in pencil first so you can make sure it the layout is correct and everything is spelled correctly. I like to use a ruler to lightly draw in guidelines to keep my text straight and evenly sized as well. It’s a little more challenging to draw/write on a raised surface like the pencil box so just take your time in this prepping stage.
TIP #4: MAKE IT PERMANENT
Now is when I use my Sharpie® to start tracing lines and filling in space. Take your time to avoid mistakes and smearing (especially if you are a lefty like me!).
Did you know there’s a super easy way to create what I call “Cheater Calligraphy”? There is and it’s so simple and makes a huge difference.
TIP #5: ADD IN DETAILS
After I finished the text and arrow with the Sharpie®, I switched to an InkJoy™ Pen to draw in some fine shading lines on word “maker”. Details like the banner and arrow also help create interest.
Side note: Notice in the left picture below how the InkJoy™ pens came sealed with a little ball of wax to keep them fresh? I love that little detail. You just pop it off before you start to use them. They glide smoothly like a gel pen but dry quickly like a ballpoint.
Finally, you’ll want to erase any pencil lines that show…but only after the marker and pen are throughly dry or it will smear.
Then just fill the pencil box with some of the goodies and it’s an easy, hand-made gift to show your kid’s teacher how much you appreciate their role in your child’s life!