Sometimes, I think that hand-lettering is a little more approachable than calligraphy. Like calligraphy, hand-lettering celebrates the art of letters — but often with more familiar materials! That’s not to say that hand-lettering is easy; just that you can usually make it with any pen or pencil. Furthermore, if you can write in everyday life, you can hand-letter! You’ll just spend a little more time and concentration on each letter to do so.
With the aforementioned approachability in mind, I try to create a couple of lettering exemplars every year. This month, I focused on developing a new style of hand-lettering, and after some time at the drawing board, “Lasso Lettering” was born!
About Lasso Lettering
Lasso Lettering features traditional, almost Times New Roman letters — but with considerable flourish! The flourishes are delicate enough not to affect the legibility of of words, but they add a considerable amount of artistic personality. I think the coolest thing about this style is when you look at a Lasso Lettering word, your brain immediately registers what the word is. A split second later, you see (and appreciate) the flourishes!
For best results, you’ll need four tools to create these letters: a ruler and a pencil/eraser (to make guidelines), a permanent pen, and the Lasso Lettering Exemplar. As far as permanent pens go, Microns are a good choice, as are Sharpie pens! Really, you’re just looking for something that won’t smudge when you erase pencil guidelines. Lasso Lettering can also be made with a dip pen! If you go that route, try using a straight pen fitted with a Nikko G nib.
About the Lasso Lettering Exemplar
The Lasso Lettering Exemplar is an 8-page printable PDF that walks you through how to create this hand-lettering style. In it, you’ll find the Lasso Lettering alphabet and three pages of visual instructions over how to make each character! Next, you’ll be presented with implementation guidance (how to use the style on a project) and tips for success.
The exemplar concludes with a page of practice opportunities. In the practice section, you’ll write out a few common words that you might use on envelope art or greeting cards! Finally, the last page of the exemplar has several sets of blank guidelines. You can use them to practice writing out the words of your choice!
If you want a fun challenge, give Lasso Lettering a try! You can find the all-new exemplar by clicking here. If this style isn’t your thing, wait until next month: I’ll be releasing a Janet Style Calligraphy brush pen worksheet sometime then!
Thanks so much for taking the time to read about this exemplar; I hope that you enjoy it! Thanks, too, for reading TPK in general. You keep my motivation up and my creativity flowing, which is a considerable feat since we’ve got a (pretty demanding) infant in the house! Happy writing, and enjoy the rest of your week!