You may think handwriting and hand lettering are basically the same thing. Or that if you have awful handwriting you could never be a good hand letterer. But let me tell you, this is far from the truth.
So what’s the difference?
Put simply, handwriting is what you use every day, in most situations and hand lettering is the art of drawing letters and compositions.
Your handwriting is the writing that happens naturally without really having to think about it. You learn it at a young age and it may develop and change over time but at some point you don’t really have to think about forming each letter, you do it easily.
Hand LETTERING is a much slower process. Its the art and technique of determining hierarchy, deciding on a layout, drawing each individual letter, adding decorative elements, choosing colors, and ultimately creating a visually appealing composition.
As you can see these say the same thing…. but one took me all of 5 seconds and the other… a whole lot longer.
*** Hand lettered shopping list is for demonstration purposes only. Stay at home momma does NOT have time for lettering shopping lists unless its for a REALLY good reason. ?
Bad handwriting ≠ Bad at hand lettering
Nope. Not at all. Its just different.
Never forget that every great lettering artist you see, started as a beginner. Anyone can learn, it just takes time.