Chasity’s tutorial is perfect for back to school! She has created really cute ‘pencil’ letters that pop off the page! You can use this hand lettering design for a home decor sign, a card, a planner page, or even a scrapbook layout.

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Kelly Creates Supplies: Deluxe Lettering Kit, White card stock or Kelly Creates Watercolor Paper, Dream pens Set 1 and Set 2, Moonlight Marker, Black Fineliners, Multicolor Fineliners,   Metallic Silver Coloring Pencil or Small Silver Jewel Brush Pen, Aqua Brushes

OTHER SUPPLIES: Paper Trimmer, Colored Cardstock, Pattern Paper School Theme or primary colors, School embellishments, Adhesive

Hello Lettering friends! This time of year is the hustle and bustle of “Back to School” in our neck of the woods. Malls are crowded; morning commutes are a little longer. Of course the big yellow buses are back on the roads.  I have mixed feelings about not having kids in school anymore.  It’s bittersweet, I guess.

This was my inspiration for this tutorial. Come along with me on a fun lettering journey and create cute pencil lettering that is perfect for cards, scrapbook layouts, planners, or just lunchbox notes for the littles.

I started with white cardstock and sketched out the word ‘class’ with my fave pencil from the Kelly Creates Deluxe Lettering Kit. You guys know by now that this is my go-to pencil, eraser and ruler for all the lettering things! Create block letters around your sketched letters. Work with them until you are happy with the shape. I liked a taller letter since I know pencils are long, but you could also make whimsical short letters too for a different look!

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Next erase the inside of your letter and any sketch pencil marks.  I also erased the baseline I drew so my letters stood straight and even.

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Then, using the ruler, imagine the sections of a pencil and draw lines across your letters to separate each section. You have the lead, the wood, the painted wood, the metal, and the eraser.

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I drew out my sections first with pencil. I decided that my pencils would point down on this piece, but you sill see an example later that has them the other direction. Have fun with it and experiment!

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Then I drew a zig zag line where the pencil was “sharpened.” Now it’s time to fill in the letters. I used Kelly’s Midnight Dream Pen, but any of Kelly’s black markers or pens will work!

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Next, using the Kelly Creates Daybreak Dream Pen, fill in where the pencil would be sharpened. I really liked the way this color looked like the real thing! Keep in mind this is the section with the zig zag, to give the appearance of the pencil being sharpened.

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Then, using the Kelly Creates Sunshine Dream Pen, color the barrel of the pencil. Next, using Kelly Creates silver Starlight Metallic Colored Pencil or Silver Jewel Pen, color the section of the pencil that is metal.

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Lastly, finish the top section ‘eraser’ with Kelly’s Dream Pen Petal. It’s the perfect shade of pink!  Now let’s add some details.

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Using Kelly Creates Black Fineliner 05, outline the outside of each letter and each section.

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Make sure you add some vertical small lines in the silver section. One reason that I love these Black Fineliners so much is that they work on many surfaces. This pen worked on top of the colored pencil and metallic jewel pen!

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Then I added some vertical lines using the Kelly Creates Multicolor Fineliner ‘Sunset’ to the yellow section as an accent. Not all pencils are round, and this is a great way to show that.

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As an extra touch to the letters, I added some thin black lines near the letter edges using the Kelly Creates Black Fineliner 005, and the Moonlight Marker to highlight where the lead is.

Back to School pencil design hand lettering tutorial www.kellycreates.ca

Finally, I added a shadow to each letter with the Kelly Creates ‘Stone’ Dream Pen to really make the letters pop off the page.

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To finish the piece, I wrote “Back to” with the Kelly Creates Black Medium Brush Tip Pen. This would make a great card for a teacher, a fun lunchbox note, or an awesome title on a layout.

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I wanted to show a second version of the pencil lettering where each letter was it’s own pencil, and the “lead” or point was at the top. I also changed up pens with a few of the colors. For this one, I used the Kelly Creates Sunshine Aqua Brush for the barrel, and I used the Jewel Metallic Marker Silver for the Metal part of the pencil.

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Here is a really cute scrapbook layout that I created for my daughter’s school album. I really love the way the title worked out! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I want you to give it a try! Please share your work with us; we love to see your creativity and what you make!

Back to School pencil design hand lettering tutorial www.kellycreates.ca

Thanks for stopping by! Stay healthy and safe… wherever you are!

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For more inspirational and. crafty lettering ideas, please visit Chasity on Instagram @chiciscre8ive

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1 Comment on Back to School Hand Lettering Tutorial

  1. Toni
    August 25, 2021 at 6:26 pm (1 month ago)

    This looks such a fun style to try and I can’t wait to do so.I may choose a different word though.Thankyou

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