Today on my blog, Elizabeth Wise (@wiseletters) has an awesome tutorial on how to add dramatic shadows to hand lettering. 

Cool tutorial on how to add drop shadows to hand lettering and calligraphy for cards, quotes, home decor, scrapbooking and more by Elizabeth Wise www.kellycreates.ca

Add a little dimension to your letters!

ShadowTutorial-1

What you’ll need: Pencil, paper (I used the Kelly Creates Blank practice pad), Kelly Creates Fineliner (size 1.0) and the Kelly Creates Large Brush Pen.

 Cool tutorial on how to add drop shadows to hand lettering and calligraphy for cards, quotes, home decor, scrapbooking and more by Elizabeth Wise www.kellycreates.ca

Step 1: To begin, draw the outline of any word, in any style of lettering.

Cool tutorial on how to add drop shadows to hand lettering and calligraphy for cards, quotes, home decor, scrapbooking and more by Elizabeth Wise www.kellycreates.caCool tutorial on how to add drop shadows to hand lettering and calligraphy for cards, quotes, home decor, scrapbooking and more by Elizabeth Wise www.kellycreates.ca Step 2: Using the #1.0 Fineliner, start outlining the word. You can make this line as thick or thin as you’d like, just make sure that you’re leaving some white space in the bulk of the letter so you’re able to easily identify each letter. I like using a Fineliner for this part because the pen tip is very hard, you have complete control over the width of the line as it doesn’t fluctuate with varying pressures.

 Cool tutorial on how to add drop shadows to hand lettering and calligraphy for cards, quotes, home decor, scrapbooking and more by Elizabeth Wise www.kellycreates.ca

Step 3This is the most important step. Using a pencil, you need to first identify where your light source will be coming from. In this case, I picked the top left corner. If you’re having trouble remembering what direction you’re going to be using, draw an arrow to keep that direction top of mind. Next, draw lines that extend from the end/edge of each different letter. Make sure the length of the line you’re casting is the same length throughout; this will ensure that the shadow looks consistent across the word.  Cool tutorial on how to add drop shadows to hand lettering and calligraphy for cards, quotes, home decor, scrapbooking and more by Elizabeth Wise www.kellycreates.ca

Cool tutorial on how to add drop shadows to hand lettering and calligraphy for cards, quotes, home decor, scrapbooking and more by Elizabeth Wise www.kellycreates.ca

Step 4: The next step is to connect the downward cast lines to each other to complete the shadow. The connecting lines should mirror the lines of the letter you’re shadowing.
Cool tutorial on how to add drop shadows to hand lettering and calligraphy for cards, quotes, home decor, scrapbooking and more by Elizabeth Wise www.kellycreates.ca

Step 5Using the Fineliner again, outline the shadows you’ve drawn in pencil.
Cool tutorial on how to add drop shadows to hand lettering and calligraphy for cards, quotes, home decor, scrapbooking and more by Elizabeth Wise www.kellycreates.ca

Step 6:  Now using the Large Brush pen, fill in the areas of shadow that you have created. To give it some extra dimension, especially if you’re using paper that shows the marker strokes, keep all of your strokes consistent with the direction of the shadow you originally identified.

Cool tutorial on how to add drop shadows to hand lettering and calligraphy for cards, quotes, home decor, scrapbooking and more by Elizabeth Wise www.kellycreates.ca

You have now created a bold shadow that makes any word really stand out off the page! If you would like to practice this 3D shadow technique, here is a pdf of the outlined word “Shadow” for you to download and print. Click on the image below…

Cool tutorial on how to add drop shadows to hand lettering and calligraphy for cards, quotes, home decor, scrapbooking and more by Elizabeth Wise www.kellycreates.ca

—————— I just love this dramatic shadow Elizabeth has designed! To learn more about Elizabeth’s lettering art work, visit her website http://www.wiselettering.com or check out her Instagram @wiselettering 

To shop for the supplies used in this tutorial at KellyCreatesStore.com, click the photo links below:

MAKE-YOUR-MARK-KC-PRODUCT-2 Web343554_KC_BlackFineLiners-F-2343553_KC_BlackBrushPenSet_EyeCandy-1-1

What a cool tutorial on how to add shadows to hand lettering! kellycreates.ca

4 Comments on Add Dimensional Shadows to Hand Lettering

  1. Bonnie
    August 27, 2018 at 1:51 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Great tutorial Elizabeth! Bold statement lettering on par!

    Reply
  2. Christina Ambros
    August 27, 2018 at 10:23 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Love this. I really need to get moving and start!

    Reply
  3. Helen Gullett
    August 28, 2018 at 7:09 am (4 weeks ago)

    Thank you for the tips and tutorial, Kelly!

    Reply
  4. Kim
    August 30, 2018 at 12:54 am (4 weeks ago)

    Thank you, Kelly and Elizabeth!

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Comment *