Calligraphy is eye-catching enough by itself, but present your word or phrase in an illustrated banner, and it suddenly POPS! Banners only take a couple of minutes to draw, so I decided to walk you through how to make one in today’s TPK YouTube tutorial.
How to Make an Illustrated Banner: The Video
In this video, I used a pencil, a dip pen, and sumi ink to draw a banner. If you’re not comfortable using a dip pen, though, please feel free to use the writing instrument that best suits you! No matter what you choose to use, wait until the ink dries before you erase your pencil guidelines.
If you prefer text/photo instructions, I wrote a tutorial over how to draw a banner in 2015. You can find that tutorial by clicking here!
If you’re feeling confident in your ability to make an illustrated banner (I know you can do it!), try out some different banner designs! Last year, I made a free printable of five banner tutorials that’s great to have on hand as you’re creating mail art, bullet journal spreads, sketchbook pages, etc.
Uses for Illustrated Banners
If you’re wondering why it’s useful to know how to create an illustrated banner, think of the project possibilities! I use banners all the time, both for professional and personal projects. For example, a banner greets you when you visit the homepage of this website:
I also used a banner in the chalkboard art that I created for the Airbnb that Hernán and I designed!
Finally, I constantly use banners for mail art. An illustrated banner guarantees that your recipient’s address will stand out!
In short, illustrated banners are an awesome way to make your lettering stand out, and they require a minimal time investment. Try making one when you’ve got a moment! You’ll be impressed at the effect. 🙂
Thanks very much for watching (and reading) today’s TPK YouTube tutorial! I hope that you found it helpful, and if you have any questions, I’m glad to answer in the comments!