How To Hand Letter A Quote

Lettering pretty quotes are one of the most fun parts of hand lettering. However, when you are learning how to hand letter as a beginner, it can be tough to learn how to layout a quote. You may have tried laying out quotes before and felt super frustrated that you can’t get it quite right. I’ve been there many times. It doesn’t matter how much lettering experience I have; there still can be certain quotes that frustrate me. I’m going to share a super helpful trick for laying out a quote. All you need is some tracing paper! If you’re new to my blog, I’m Sarah from Ensign Insights. I teach hand lettering for beginners so you can feel good about your lettering right where you are.

How To Hand Letter A Quote With Tracing Paper

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To start, what you want to do is letter your quote without worrying about how it looks or making mistakes. Then place tracing paper on top and letter directly on the tracing paper, changing whatever you feel like. You can do this again and again until you like it. The whole point is not to get stuck on one part because it’s not permanent. You don’t even have to erase anything! This makes it so much more enjoyable because you don’t have to feel bad about it not looking the way you want. Also, being able to trace directly on top is helpful because you can easily see what you already tried and change it. If you need further guidance, in my new book, Hand Lettering for Beginners, there’s a whole section where I give simple ideas of how to hand letter a quote when you’re starting with zero experience.

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You can use this tracing paper trick for how to hand letter a quote at any skill level. This rainbow quote that I am practicing with was one I created for my “5 Best Types of Paper For Hand Lettering” YouTube video. I wanted to show how nice tracing paper is when hand lettering, but I couldn’t stop because I was having so much fun with this quote. It just feels so good not to be worried about lettering a final piece and letting go of any pressure!

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Laying out a quote is not the easiest thing because you can do so many different things. There isn’t just one way to do it. Do you ever wish someone would tell you the exact formula to make it look good? Whenever I feel that, I try to remember that my favorite part about hand lettering is how much creativity and uniqueness you have to incorporate. The lettering that I create can look amazing and be totally different from someone else’s lettering that also looks amazing. I love that! 

The more you work with this tracing paper trick, the more you will flex your creativity muscles, and you’ll be able to think of different ideas as you try new things. Have you tried laying out a quote like this? Do you have any other tricks that have helped you? I’d love to hear them!

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