If you like calligraphy and/or hand-lettering, knowing how to draw a banner is bound to come in handy eventually. In this post, you’ll find some tips for drawing banners, plus you can download the free Five Banner Tutorials printable!
Tip #1 – Write Your Lettering First
Banners are often used to emphasize text or lettering. If you plan on having lettering in your banner, write the lettering first. That way, you can center the banner to fit the lettering.
Tip #2 – Always Make a Banner Pencil Draft
No matter how diligently you follow the examples in the Five Banner Tutorials printable, there’s always a possibility for error. If you have the time, you should use a pencil to make a draft of your banner around the lettering or calligraphy.
Tip #3 – Include Breaks in the Banner for Ascenders or Descenders
If some of the letters in your word have particularly tall ascenders or low-hanging descenders, include breaks in the outline of your banner to accommodate them. Doing so will prevent your banner from being too large.
Tip #4 – Don’t Skip the Shading
All of the banners in your Five Banners Tutorial printable include some sort of shading. Adding lines, dots, or a blended shadow helps to distinguish the back of the banner from the front and give it some dimension.
Tip #5 – Add a Touch of Color
Banners look even more vibrant if you give them a little bit of color! I like to add fairly dark watercolor to the back ribbons in my banners, then use light watercolor around the edges on the front ribbon(s).
6. Enjoy the Free Printable!
I suggest printing the Five Banners Tutorial off on any paper you have handy. Since you don’t have to write on this printable, the paper quality really doesn’t matter. Use the printable as a reference next time you want to make some mail art, a banner for a cake, a bullet journal page — whatever!
You can find the printable for free by clicking here. Try giving each of the banners a go, and don’t be afraid to make your own modifications! Some experimentation and confidence go a long way in creating striking and artistic banners.
Thanks very much for reading TPK, and enjoy your weekend!