08 November 2013

How-To Hand-Lettering with The Simple City Girl

I'm SO excited to welcome my friend Christine (aka The Simple City Girl) from The Simple City Life today!  I met Christine on our drive to the Influence Conference and subsequent roommate-ness this September, and have loved the girl ever since. She so patiently taught a bunch of PJ-clad conference-going roomies her best hand-lettering techniques in an impromptu tutoring session that has come to be referred to as The Hotel Room Sessions (a name I made up today). From the moment we all eight sat rapt by her talent and patience, I knew I MUST share this with you. How timely with the holidays (hello gift tags and Christmas cards and New Years Eve invitations!), and what fun. And you don't have to be VanGogh to figure it out!

Without further ado… please meet my sweet (and HILARIOUS - gosh I love someone who can make me laugh 'till my side hurts) friend Christine.


Over the past year, I've really fallen in love with hand-lettered everything. I mean, who hasn't really? I realized over time, and also with some time, it was easier than I thought to spiff up my very own handwriting. 

While Cammie and I were at The Influence Conference, I held a late-night impromptu tutorial for all of our roommates. These women caught on so fast and in those moments of laughter, hilariousness, and teaching my friends, I realized it is pretty easy for anyone to make their handwriting into something pretty. Today I am honored to teach you some of the tricks and tips I've learned over time on beautifying the art of the cursive font.

What you need:
- A fine-tipped pen
{My favorite is the Pilot G-2 with a .38 tip.}
- paper
- and why not make yourself a fresh cup of coffee? I did. 

Step one:
Write a word out in plain ol' cursive.
I chose the word hello. 

Step two:
Take note of all the downstrokes in each letter.
This is key in the spiffing up process.

Step three:
Thicken each downstroke line.

Step four:
Soak in your beautiful hand-written work of art!

Extra fun step:
If you're feeling adventurous, add some swirls or change up the spacing of the letters.

Some encouragement:
- You'll get better over time, promise. 
- Just keep on practicing.
- Don't be afraid to get creative. 
Make big ol' letters.
 Draw outside the lines.
 Make your words into a circle.
...things like that. 

As you journal, or sip your morning cup of coffee, or take a mid-day break, I encourage you to get a little imaginative today. Step outside the box and see what happens! 


You guys. Quit it, right? How cool and easy! 

So try it. Get yourself a pen that makes your handwriting look good (don't even tell me you don't play favorites with pens), a notebook you can feel freedom in, and a fresh cup of coffee. Now give it a go.

What fun! Maybe we can talk her into coming back for another tutorial!

Also - as a side note (Christine didn't tell me to say this!): The Simple City Girl has a hand-lettering business. Now go support what she's doing.  Because she's awesome. And because she's taken time to teach you what she knows. Find out how to contact her here.

Another side note: Christine wanted to let you know she learned this cool skill over at www.jonesdesigncompany.com.


  1. Love hand lettered items. So need to practice this myself. Thanks for the tips!


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