Draw Your Words Hand-Lettering Tutorials: Index

"A huge component of the process of making art is the making of meaning – taking stimuli, sorting it, reconstructing it and communicating it."
Nicoletta Baumeister

Draw Your Words is a series of sixteen (16) hand-lettering tutorials and resources with an array of drawing and writing exercises to challenge you to think about how you "shape" or draw your words.

Alphabetized: Drawing the alphabet. My example is in dip pen and india ink; you can draw with any pen you wish.

Block Letters: Lettering exercises with a pen or marker. Helping you see letters as shapes. Making use of negative space and drawing block letters.

The Purple Page: Creating art journal page using acrylics, a rubber brayer, collage and hand-lettering. My example is in a children's book, you'll need some sort of heavy paper or cardboard plus acrylic paints.

Alphabet Journal Flip-Thru: A journal where I practice hand-lettering and devise new lettering ideas, with mandalas and doodles too. 

Doodle Letters One: Drawing letters and adding kooky doodle patterns inside.

The Yellow Page: Creating an art journal page using acrylics, a brush, collage and hand-lettering with a brush and high flow acrylic paint.

Repeat and s-t-r-e-t-c-h: A quick tip about space planning and writing BIG letters.

White Lettering: A quick tutorial about using white high flow acrylic paint to write on dark art journal backgrounds.

Doodle Letters Two: Colorful silly doodle letters in Dr. Seuss style.

Groovy Letters: Graffiti-esque lettering tips.

Resources:  For those wishing to explore modern calligraphy and playful lettering.

Variations Galore: Spark your creativity by brainstorming lettering ideas.

Alphabetication: An example of letter play using various inks and nibs.

Doodle Letters Three: Taking what you've learned and creating words and phrases with your doodly lettering.

Doodle Bonus: More lettering ideas.

Alphabetized, a hand-lettering tutorial with dip pen and J. Herbin Rose Cyclamen ink.

Alphabetized, a hand-lettering tutorial with dip pen and J. Herbin Rose Cyclamen ink.

Alphabet Journal Flip-Thru, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

Alphabet Journal Flip-Thru, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

Purple Page tutorial, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

Purple Page tutorial, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

The Yellow Page tutorial, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

The Yellow Page tutorial, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

Groovy Letters tutorial, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

Groovy Letters tutorial, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

Doodle Letters Three tutorial, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

Doodle Letters Three tutorial, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

Doodle Bonus tutorial, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

Doodle Bonus tutorial, artwork by Tammy Garcia.