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SEW Easy Letters!

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I know the “sew” pun is a little cheesy, but I couldn’t think of anything else….sorry.

I have been working on decorating the library, and I wanted to make a few signs so I thought I would share the lettering technique I used.
So here goes, start by writing what ever word you want in large capital letters, be sure you space them out evenly. Write lightly so that when you erase them, the lines won’t show at all

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Next, trace around the letters to make block letters. I used an 07 drawing pen…

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Then, erase all of the pencil lines…

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I use a thinner pen (03) to draw a line of stitching, basically a dotted line a couple millimetres away from the line.

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You could stop there and colour them in…or, you could make patchwork, or quilted letters. All you have to do is draw a few squares inside the letters then add stitching. You can even do a neater stitching like the S, or more of a patch, like the Y

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If you want to get really fancy, you can even add some appliqued flowers!

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Or, just leave the letters plain…

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I coloured the letters with marker…I really have to start scanning in my drawings and adding colour on the computer…one of these days… anyways, I coloured in the letters with markers.

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I also made a big sign for the library using this same style of lettering…

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Fancy lettering

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My last post about lettering was very popular, so I thought I would continue and write about one of my other favourite ways to illustrate lettering. I am excited that people other than me are actually interested!
The only materials you need are a pencil, eraser and paper, but I thought I would add colour to this post, so I will add markers to the list.

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Step one
To draw this style of fancy lettering, you need to first VERY lightly write your words. Be sure you have enough room for all of your letters, leave room between them, and try to make the letters the same size too! You will be erasing all of the pencil lines so draw lightly.

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Step two
Then, to make this kind of lettering, make all of the vertical lines thicker by adding another line. This is why it is important to leave space between each letter.

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There are many different ways you can do this, especially when it comes to rounded letters. You can draw straight lines, like I did in the words, How to Draw Or, you can curve the vertical lines, like I did in the words, Fancy Lettering.

Step Three
To end each line segment, I draw a straight line across. I think the pictures will do a better job than me to explain…

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Here are some of the more difficult letters to draw, but really, there is no right or wrong way! Just try to be consistent. If you do a B a certain way, the next time you draw a B, do it the same way.

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Step four
I decided that these letters needed some more colour, so I outlined the letters in black, and erased my pencil lines.

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Then, I coloured in the letters with patterns and designs.

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Here is a summary…

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Block and bubble letters

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I love drawing letters, and I love picking and downloading fonts too. Actually along with publishing a book, designing a font is on my bucket list! As a teacher, I have spent many hours drawing, and choosing lettering styles and designs for worksheets, borders, posters for the classroom, and so on. Here is a quick and easy way that i use to draw block and bubble letters.
Materials needed
Pencil
Paper
Eraser

Step One -lightly write your words
The most important part is drawing your letters LIGHTLY. You should just be able to see the letters, no darker. You also want to get your spacing right, making sure all of your letters fit, and are the same size, and centered. So, clearly and neatly print your letters leaving space in between each letter. If you need to erase, now is the time!

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Step Two- Trace around each letter
Make sure you leave the same amount of space around each letter.

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Repeat this for all of the letters. For closed letters like o, b, d, etc, make sure you trace around the inside of the letter too.
If up you trace close to the letters, you will get a skinny letters, and if you trace farther away from the letters, they will be thicker…

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Step Three – Erase your guidelines
Because you have used such a light pencil line in step one, it should erase easily, and no one will even know it was there!

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Thats it!

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To draw bubble letters, you repeat step one to three, the only difference is that you round the corners.

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Now, you are ready to colour or add some details! Have fun!

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I took a few minutes to shade the letters, but you can obviously colour them, or even add details inside the letters too! Enjoy.