Do you love the look of a hand lettered print but don’t know how to make one yourself? Learn how to fake a DIY hand lettered print!
A while ago, I shared a post on how to hand letter and it’s by far become my most popular post. I love the process of hand lettering and I love the look even more. I can spend days perusing Instagram and Pinterest for inspiration. If you’ve ever looked at anything hand lettering on Pinterest (are you following my hand lettering board and alphabet inspiration board?) you’ve probably come across some beautifully done hand lettered print that you wish you could recreate. Maybe it’s a free printable, but you’d still like an “original” to hang in your home – one that was done by hand rather than a printer.
And maybe you know how to hand letter, but not in that style. Or maybe you don’t want to put in the meticulous effort of creating your own print. Well, I’m going to solve that problem. Today I’m going to teach you my simple trick for how to fake a hand lettered print.
How to Fake a Hand Lettered Print
First, you’re going to have to find what form here on out I’ll call your inspiration print – the print that you are going to fake. Search Pinterest for free printables (again, check out my hand lettered board on Pinterest for some inspiration and sources, and be sure to follow it as I’m always adding new stuff!). Save and print it to the size you would like. (I suggest using a larger size for your first few tries until you get the hang of it).
I created one on PicMonkey that you can download here if you’d like to follow along. (It’s a quote from the Taylor Swift song, Never Grow Up which I sing to Ryan every night. I can’t listen to it without crying.)
First, take your printed image and tape it to a well-lit window. This also works (and to be honest is probably easier) well with a glass coffee table and a light underneath. Carefully tape the paper you want your final print to be on. I used cardstock and I could still see the image just fine. If you have it, I suggest just taping the corners with masking or painters tape so that it comes off easier, but if you don’t have any like me, you can loop tape on the back. If when you take it off you’re worried about the paper ripping, cut the loop and either cut it as close to the paper as possible OR just lay the tape out of the back of the paper.
Once everything is taped up, begin tracing the image that is showing through with a pencil. You can either we intricate with it and trace every detail, or do like I did and get the general shape and outline. I chose this route because then I was able to customize different parts of the font that I wasn’t a huge fan of and could make it my own. I just used the outlines as a template and followed these steps for how to hand letter later.
Once you’re finished, you can either proceed with going over with a pen of your choice (I use Sharpie pens – I like how the lines are crisp and the ink flows smoothly without bleeding.) or follow the next steps of hand lettering and shape each letter out in pencil.
Either way, once the penciling and ink are done, let it dry a few minutes and then erase any and all pencil marks. Go back and fill in any weird spots to make the script or image smooth.
Add to a frame if desired and enjoy your brand new hand lettered print!
These prints make beautiful gifts and home decor – but please be sure not to sell these if you are using someone else’s design since that’s both untruthful and illegal. Also, if you are using something like dafont.com or picmonkey.com to create your inspiration print and plan on selling that, be sure to look into the font licensing rules – I know that a lot of dafont’s free fonts have a restriction for commercial use or profit.
So tell me – are you as obsessed with prints in your home as I am? What’s your favorite quote? Let me know in the comments!
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