Jesus Calling Hand Lettering Workshop #2: Tracing

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Keep practicing your hand lettering by tracing some samples! Get started with the Jesus Calling by Sarah Young Adult Coloring Book.

 You can also learn hand lettering in the new Home Is Wherever Mom Is Adult Coloring Book.


Artist’s Tutorial Transcription

Practice Tracing Lettering With Different Kinds of Pens

Once you get the basics down, you can start finding things you like, and tracing them for practice. I went ahead and printed out a few things that I really liked, and then put a piece of tracing paper on top of it. I’m going to go over it a few times to see what I like the best.

Don’t forget to practice with a bunch of different kinds of pens. Some are going to have thin lines, and some are going to have thick lines. You’re quickly going to find the pen that you like the best, and you’ll probably use it on most things. If you don’t have a brush pen, and you still want to get that calligraphy look, you can always just trace with a regular pen – or a pencil even.

Practicing Your Down Strokes

After you’re all done with that, you can go back with your pen or pencil, and thicken up your down strokes. If you’re not sure which of your down strokes that you need to thicken, it’s usually just the left side of the letter.

If you’re still not sure, just look back at a word you’ve done before, or an example online. It’s going to take some practice to figure out which ones are thick, and which ones are thin, but it’s all part of the learning process.

Try Hand Lettering with Your Own Words

After you’ve practiced tracing for awhile, it’s time to experiment with your own letters, or your words.

One of my favorite words to do is the word “Hello”, because it’s short. But it still gives me a chance to do my thick, and my thin lines. I like doing it with a regular pencil, or a brush pen.


Getting good at hand lettering? Show us your work! We may put it up to inspire others.