Saying "thank you" to essential workers — the nurses, doctors, grocery store employees and more — with a card you decorated yourself is a fun, creative way to personally express gratitude. Print out the PDF for an easy-start project (you'll get both a coloring page and a foldable card) or follow the hand lettering tips below to create your own from scratch.
Create Your Own Thank You Card
If you're feeling extra creative, grab a blank piece of paper and make your very own design with these tips.
1. Do Your Research
To create truly unique hand lettering, you first need to gather inspiration. Search designs on Pinterest , Instagram or Flickr — this is an invaluable step in your creative process that allows you to take what's already been done and put your own creative spin on it.
2. Let Form Follow Function
Dictate your lettering by what it is you're trying to say. If you're writing the word "heavy," for example, make the lettering simple and chunky. If you're writing "fancy," draw it in a much more elaborate script.
3. Keep It Simple
If you make your lettering too busy, the viewer can easily be distracted from your message. Keep your designs simple, especially if you're a beginner, so the eye automatically goes to what's most important.
4. Break It Down
An easy way to think about hand lettering is to break it down into three parts: the skeleton, the body and the clothes. This process was created by letterer and illustrator Jessica Hische , and it basically means you don't want to jump right in and try to create a fancy letter first thing. Instead, start with the bare bones structure (the skeleton) of your letters, then slowly build flair. This makes any daunting designs much more approachable.
5. Break the Rules
Remember, this is your card — you can make it however you want! As long as you're pleased with the design, that's what matters most.
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Get more tips and step-by-step lettering exercises in our class, Hand Lettering for Beginners .