Tips on hand lettering on a wall

Tips on hand lettering on a wall

Tips on hand lettering on a wall 650 839 Consie Sindet

Hand lettering on a wall can be a scary idea! I even find it a bit daunting since my everyday handwriting is barely legible. So I thought I would give you some tips on how to make the process less painful and that will produce a successful outcome!
Tips for hand lettering on a wall with success! • #mural #letteringHere is my first tip: Don’t expect perfection! If you are looking for crisp outlines on the words, opt for a stencil or vinyl letters.
Tips for hand lettering on a wall with success! • #mural #letteringMy client wanted the words to curve around the clock in her sun porch. Curving the words is definitely harder than a straight line, so bear that in mind with your project.
Tips for hand lettering on a wall with success! • #mural #letteringNext big tip: Use a projector! I have had this projector for over 10 years and it has saved many a design for me. I can draw just fine on a small scale but keeping things in perspective as the design gets larger is not my forte. I use an overhead projector as opposed to an opaque projector because I also never know what the lighting will be like in a space. Opaque projectors (like this one) need a dark room; overhead projectors (like this one) do not. I have printed out clipart from online using printable acetate, as well as drawing directly onto acetate with a black Sharpie.

If you only need a projector for one project, your best option is to rent one. I own mine because painting murals and other large scale paintings are part of my profession.
Tips for hand lettering on a wall with success! • #mural #letteringIt takes a bit of maneuvering to get out of your own way when drawing the design on the wall but with the projector you can line up the letters just the way you want them and in an appropriate size.
Tips for hand lettering on a wall with success! • #mural #letteringI use a white chalk pencil to trace on the letters since I want a fairly thin line to work with. However, regular white or colored chalk will work just fine if you are not looking for detail but just a basic outline. Another tip: test your chalk on a discreet part of the wall and make sure it will come back off with a baby wipe. You will need to erase any visible chalk lines when you are done.
Tips for hand lettering on a wall with success! • #mural #letteringA painting tip: If you are looking for a solid letter, thin your acrylic paint down to an inky consistency with water (I use FolkArt brand craft paint). I chose to make my lettering look like a woody grapevine. This way my letters didn’t have to be sharp or have an even consistency of paint. I wanted the branch feeling to really show.
Tips for hand lettering on a wall with success! • #mural #letteringTips for hand lettering on a wall with success! • #mural #letteringIf after you have painted the letters you find that it is not quite even (it happens!), add some decorative touches to some of the letters to even it out. Here I added some grapes and leaves to extend the design even more.
Tips for hand lettering on a wall with success! • #mural #letteringAnd don’t forget to erase your chalk marks when you are done! As you can see from the picture above, I forgot to do that before I took the photo.

I hope these tips will encourage you to give hand lettering a try. When in doubt, always remember that it is just paint! You can always base coat the wall and start again!

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  • Jackie P Neal April 25, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Beautiful Consie! Who would have thought!

  • Maggie April 25, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Thanks Consie, love this I have a clock almost like this one and I love your idea. I just may try it on my wall

  • Crystal April 26, 2014 at 12:17 am

    Beautiful!! It looks amazing!!

  • JaneEllen April 26, 2014 at 1:02 am

    Please tell me when you first started it didn’t look as good as it does now? Wow you did such a great job, love how the lettering looks and branches, etc. Your client must have been so pleased with how it turned out. You are so talented. Great tips, thanks for sharing the wonderful tutorial, hope it’ll help someday. Happy weekend

  • Caroline Pile April 26, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Wow….who would have thought. When I first started reading that you were doing lettering on a wall….I said you and I stayed away from lettering way back when….how on earth is she doing this so perfectly! Fabulous tutorial. Come on down….with the projector!

    Love, MA

  • Dee May 2, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    I love this! I get nervous enough hand lettering signs, so I don’t know how I would do a wall, but your sign looks beautiful! 🙂

    • Consie Sindet May 6, 2014 at 8:37 am

      Thanks, Dee. Believe me, I get super nervous on the walls! But I try to remind myself that anything can be done over…it is just paint, after all!

  • Elizabeth May 6, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    This is beautiful!! I so appreciate the time and effort that goes into something like this. So many use vinyl lettering and then it becomes disposable, but this is truly elegant. Thanks for sharing your tips! I only wish I had a projector! 🙂

  • Susan May 12, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    You make it look so easy, Consie. But I’m still intimidated. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday on Organized 31.

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