Here is Elizabeth Wise (www.wiselettering.com) sharing a tutorial about hand lettering a design with negative space!

Love this hand lettering tutorial about how to design with negative space on www.kellycreates.ca by Elizabeth Wise @wisedesign

Negative space is defined as the space around and between the subject(s) of an image. With lettering, the subjects are the actual letters that are written. Very often, the space around the letters is overlooked, even ignored, unless there are some flourishes added as embellishments.  With this tutorial, I’ll be focusing on creating a very unique take on lettering by only focusing on the space around the letters in 4 simple steps.

Love this hand lettering tutorial about how to design with negative space on www.kellycreates.ca by Elizabeth Wise @wisedesign
WHAT YOU’LL NEED: Pencil and eraser from Kelly Creates Deluxe Lettering Kit, paper from the Kelly Creates Project Pad, and Kelly Creates Multicolor Small Brush Pens.

Love this hand lettering tutorial about how to design with negative space on www.kellycreates.ca by Elizabeth Wise @wisedesign

STEP 1

Using a pencil, draw your words in any style lettering. In this case, I used a monoline script style.

Love this hand lettering tutorial about how to design with negative space on www.kellycreates.ca by Elizabeth Wise @wisedesign

Love this hand lettering tutorial about how to design with negative space on www.kellycreates.ca by Elizabeth Wise @wisedesign

STEP 2 

Select 4 small brush pens, 2 sets that each include a dark colour and a light colour. I chose dark green with light green, and pink with yellow. Using the darker colours, start making cross hatch lines (small x’s) in the negative space on the outside of the pencil lines. Make sure to not put any marks on the inside of the letters.

 Love this hand lettering tutorial about how to design with negative space on www.kellycreates.ca by Elizabeth Wise @wisedesign

Love this hand lettering tutorial about how to design with negative space on www.kellycreates.ca by Elizabeth Wise @wisedesign

STEP 3

Once you’ve marked up the area with the dark colours, now work your way outwards from the pencil lines, create a lighter area using the lighter colours. There is no correct way to make hatch lines; it’s just a nice effect instead of colouring in the space fully.

STEP 4 Erase your pencil lines.

 Love this hand lettering tutorial about how to design with negative space on www.kellycreates.ca by Elizabeth Wise @wisedesign

You have now created a colourful and unique piece using only the negative space around your letters! There are many different techniques you can use besides cross hatching. You can try stippling, circles, flowers, waves, etc. The options are endless since you have such a large area of negative space to play with. Here is another example for you….Have fun! 

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Thanks Elizabeth! There are so many design possibilities with this technique! You break it down so simply.

For more inspiration and art work from Elizabeth, follow her on Instagram @wiselettering and her website http://www.wiselettering,com.

Here are the supplies Elizabeth used that you can find in my online store http://www.kellycreatesstore.com or click on the images below:

Deluxe Lettering Kit  Love all the colours of these Kelly Creates Multicolor Small Brush tip pens. for calligraphy, cards, planners, journals, bujo, scrapbooking, card making  W346403_Kelly_Creates_Project_Pad

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2 Comments on Hand Lettering With Negative Space

  1. Clara INES contreras
    October 6, 2018 at 5:13 pm (1 month ago)

    Vivo en Colombia y deseo aprender

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    • Kelly
      November 12, 2018 at 7:54 am (3 hours ago)

      In Colombia, you can find my products in Panamericana stores and right now they have a BIG Kelly Creates kit.

      Reply

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