How to Make Art Journal Lettering Look Like Art

 Here's a surefire way to make your art journal lettering look interesting and artful: write between the lines.

art journal lettering
A page from Joanne Sharpe's visual journal. Her artful letters make art journal writing 
more expressive and artistic.

I'm not talking about the parallel, even lines of notebook paper. I'm suggesting something more curvaceouswithout being cursive (or cursing!).

This technique comes from Joanne Sharpe, art journal and lettering expert extraordinaire. Joanne has spent years honing her lettering style, but you can use her technique to improve the look of your lettering in a jiffy.

1. Draw gently curving lines across your page horizontally, without crossing. Make the lines closer together in some places and farther apart in others.

2. Now, using pencil, lightly draw each letter of the words you want on your page, having each letter fit within the lines. Experiment with the width and style of the letters and using upper- and lowercase letters within each word.

3. Once you are satisfied with the shape and pacing of the letters, go over them with a marker. Consider making some of the letters thicker or different colors. This is just practice, so don't be afraid to let your imagination take hold.

Isn't this a fun trick?

Joanne demonstrates page after page of artful lettering for use when art jouraling or adding text to any of your artwork in her Cloth Paper Scissors WorkshopTM "Artful Lettering: Tools and Techniques for Discovering Your Style."

P.S. How do you make your art journal lettering special? Any tricks you'd like to share? Tell us in the comments section below.


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