Sundays with Sandee - Typography & Lettering!

Sunday, November 24, 2013



Before we get started I'd like to thank Marlene for asking the question:
"How do I keep my pages from leaking on to the previous or next page?"
Good question Marlene! I use a small paint brush to paint a thin coat of the Faber Castell Gesso into the crease between pages. So far it seems to keep them from leaking. I also use Glad Kitchen Wrap called press n seal to cover the remaining pages so I don't accidentally get something on them.
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Well, I guess it's something we need to discuss....our handwriting. I hear so many people complain about the way their handwriting looks, and how much they hate it. So let's just get over that and pretend that we love our handwriting....as a matter of fact I want you to say out loud..."I LOVE my handwriting and I am not afraid to use it!"....there, feel better? Now how do you feel about typography, let's combine them.

handwriting:
the way a person's writing looks

typography:
 the work of producing printed pages from written material
: the style, arrangement, or appearance of printed letters on a page

I took a page and just played. Yes, there are mistakes on it, but I learn what to do and what not to do by experimenting. Did you know that your hand writing says a lot about you? We'll explore a little about that too today, just for kicks and giggles. :)

This is what I consider to be the title of my page. Although it's filled with random quotes I emphasized the word "typography" in order to make it stand out. My favorite word in this group is the word "like", I used a mixture of cursive and print along with heavy and light strokes.
  • Did you know that skinny pointed lower case letters mean that you enjoy learning new things, you are inquisitive and ambitious(the higher and pointer the peaks, the more ambitious you are.)



Here, I wanted to stretch my words across the page. The word "sometimes" was created by first spacing the cursive letters across the page and then drawing lines to connect them. The word "exhausting" was created by elongating the letters and mixing upper and lower case together, plus I water colored in the negative spaces, something I love to do. 
  • Did you know that wide spaces between your letters indicate that you enjoy your freedom and don't like to be overwhelmed or crowded.


 On this sentence I stacked the words "was first" for some visual appeal and only colored in the lowercase letter "a".
Did you know that rounded letters mean that you are creative and artistic.

This quote is a combination of everything. You might call this the kitchen sink. It has cursive with print, large and small writing plus light and heavy strokes. I have stacked words and words that are stretched out.
  • Did you know that small letters mean that you are shy or withdrawn, studious, concentrated and meticulous.


This is always a fun technique, simply shaping the words to fill the space.
  • Did you know that if you have no slant at all to your writing then you don't let your emotions get the best of you. You tend to be logical and practical.

Similar to one above where the lines dictate where my letters are formed but I did a water color wash around the word "color" and highlighted with a white pen.
  • Did you know that wide loops mean you are relaxed and spontaneous, self expression comes easily to you.


The word "art" gives me a flashback to the 60's. I drew big fat letters, water colored them in and then doodled some lines. I used different size pen tips to give emphasis to different word groups.
  • Did you know that large letters mean you are outgoing, people-orientated, outspoken and love attention. This could also mean that put up a front and pretend to have a lot of confidence.

This shows different way to use color in the negative spaces.
  • Did you know that if the size of your writing is average then you tend to be well adjusted and adaptable.


So, I hope you enjoyed my lettering and typography and will give it a try. It's a good experiment in letting go and trying some new techniques. If you create a page then please post it over on the Frosted Design Face Book page, we love seeing what you make! 

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8 Comments »

8 Responses to “Sundays with Sandee - Typography & Lettering!”

BrendaB said...

Sandee, this is fabulous! I love all the different techniques and styles you used for the lettering.

Marlene said...

How great is this!! I can see me referring back to this a lot. Thanks Sandee.

mytherapyroom said...

So this may be one of my favorite pages!! I love lettering and am always looking for more ideas. I use to do Calligraphy years ago and love dabbling in different font styles. This one rocks my friend!! You have fantastic lettering style.
Yvonne

Jean said...

You are just so inspiring!!

Tamiko McCurry (MEKOfoSHO) said...

I love this post.. I wanna print certain parts and post them on the wall.. then I remind myself.. nah.. I may as well practice what was just preached.. this Sunday with Sandee.. lol and make my own dang signs.. lol Well my BOOK is forming.. I may as well go BUBBLEWS.. lol Thank you Sandee, for being so inspiring each Sunday.. It is almost like going to church.. and hearing the *good artistic* word LOL! Thanks Frosted Designs.. for giving Sandee this platform!! <3 <3 <3

Sandy said...

My normal handwriting has always been very round, so I am a creative artistic type, so interesting. This looks so cool all together but there is such fantastic info on here when you break it all down, like you have.. Love the word ART. I used to write like that in my books at school. So so many years ago..
Another great tutorial TFS.
Sandy :)

Barb Craft said...

Sandee... this is EXACTLY what I needed!!! How did you know?!! lol!!!! Love all your pointers and tips!! I will look at my writing in a different way now!!

barb :)

Debbie said...

Love your tips this week! Great journaling page!