Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Getting Started with Handlettering (with Pinterest) - And Free Handlettering Printables for Valentine's Day

Hello my sweet readers! Today I've got a really special blogpost for you, a mixture of a freebie, a tutorial and an advice blogpost.
Let's start here: my friends Anja, Sina and Janine have recently all been talking a lot about handlettering and I got super curious about it. Moreover, lovely and super talented blogger and Instagram pals like Frau Hölle or Roxy Prima have inspired me even more.
 So I wanted to give handlettering a try and started doodling some letters and made first sketches.

Handlettering with the help of Pinterest:

After some first tries which came out really good and better than I had expected (see my first steps and development on Instagram under the hashtag #LuloveshandmadesHandletteringAdventures), I wanted more. :D I recognized that my letter inventory was really limited, so I thought that there wouldn't be any better place than Pinterest to seach for letter inspiration. :)
First of all, I started filling my brand new handlettering & calligraphy board and got super duper inspired again.
Then I looked at my typo & fonts board which I had already been filling for several months. On Pinterest you can find thousands of lovely fonts in all different kinds of styles, this is so exciting and interesting at the same time.
My next step then was to simply copy and imitate fonts that I liked and this was great practice. Thus, my hand got used to all the movements and while really practicing and not only looking at pretty fonts, I was able to learn better.

I picked out single letters that I liked and formed new words myself. This was tons of fun.
Doing this was so satisfying and these days I also often browse my Pinterest handlettering and fonts boards on the train, looking for new inspiration and excercises for then being able to create new words and layouts with handlettering all by myself.
When trying out a new motif, I always start with a rough pencil sketch. I then erase a lot, correct a lack of symmetry, adjust sizes and font styles and experiment a little.
Then I either use my sharpie pen or my staedler pens to draw the lines in black. It's always so much fun letting a phrase in my head or a quick thought become visible on paper and then even in such a pretty way. Practice makes perfect and got totally hooked and will work on becoming better. So much fun! :)

Free Valentine's Day Handlettering Printables

>>> Download this Valentine's Day printable 

To thank you for your support and your sweet encouragement and all the flattering compliments on Instagram, I'm now sharing my Valentine's Day motifs with you as a free download, yippie! :) Either hang them on a wall, send them as postcard or give them away as a sweet message for someone you love.

PLEASE NOTE: you will see the full size after the download is complete! :)

>>> Download this Valentine's Day printable  

>>> Download this Valentine's Day printable  

>>> Download this Valentine's Day printable  

The first one is my one favorite, because it came super spontaneously and didn't take any research or practice, it just came super naturally (I only changed the cupcake afterwards so that it is at least recocnizable as a cupcake ;)) and the last one is my other favorite, because I made it in a moment of pure joy and excitement and it will always remind me of this special memory. :)

So have fun with downloading those handletting pieces of mine and enjoy giving them to someone special! :)

If you plan on posting them online, tag me in the photo on Instagram (@luloveshandmade), I'd love to see those prints in their new homes! :)

Happy Valentine's Day, have fun with handlettering and using Pinterest as inspiration and learning tool for this. :)

Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet, I'm thankful for you!

Lu ;)

P.S.: This blogpost was written during a cooperation with Pinterest and this does of course not influence my personal opinion!


  1. Ich übe mich mittlerweile ja auch am Handlettering. Vorallem auf Briefumschlägen finde ich es super.
    Liebe Grüße
    Belinda von

  2. Ich probier auch von Zeit zu Zeit, ein paar schöne Schriftendesigns hinzubekommen, finde es aber immer noch ganz schön schwierig. Trotzdem - Übung macht den Meister! :D

  3. Die sind ja super! Perfekt für Valentinsgrüße!
    Es fasziniert mich zudem immer wieder, wie simpel handlettering aussieht. Vielleicht sollte ich das Ganze auch mal ausprobieren... Aber bis dahin, wird einem hier ja schönes geboten, vielen Dank dafür!
    Liebste Grüße von der Motte

  4. Ein guter Tipp, Pinterest als Inspiration zu nutzen. Ich hab definitiv Lust bekommen, auch mal Handlettering auszuprobieren! LG aus London x

  5. Das sieht super aus und motiviert dazu, selber auszuprobieren :) Ich finde dein "Übungen" sind auch richtig gut gelungen und eine tolle Vorlage.

  6. WOW - erstmal einfach nur WOW! Ich bin total begeistert von deinen Handletteringergebnissen und finde es großartig, dass du auch mal den 'Prozess' zeigst, also nicht nur das Malen an sich, sondern die ganze Ideenfindung und Übung, die dahinter steht. Wirklich toll und ganz großes Lob! Du spornst einen an, dass mal selbst auszuprobieren! :)

    Liebe Grüße

  7. Ich finde handlettering so super & schön. In der neuen Flow (das Magazin) war auch gerade ein Artikel darüber. Werde die Tage mich aufjedenfall auch daran probieren. Die Idee bei pinterest zu schauen ist klasse! Danke dafür, liebe Grüße Mandy

  8. you might enjoy this:
    have a great day

  9. Hello, I have just found your blog and am so glad that I did. Feeling very inspired now to have a go at calligraphy and hand lettering again. What lovely printables to. Thanks so much for sharing.

  10. Hallo Lu, ich wollte mich auch mal daran machen und das lernen, um Briefe schöner Beschreiben zu können. Und auch für Arbeit wäre es sehr nützlich. Im letzten Flow-Magazin war ein kleines Übungsheft. Das werde ich mir heute mal zur Hand nehmen und dann deinem Rat folgen und mich bei Pinterest inspirieren lassen. Sieht schon sehr schön aus bei dir!

  11. Ein wunderbarer Post, liebe Lu! Handlettering will ich auch schon lange probieren! Das letzte Printable ist so toll und mein absoluter Favorit. Total schön, Spruch und Illustration! (: Was mich noch interessieren würde ist wo du den Sharpie her hast und welche Stifte du sonst benutzt (Staedtler sagtest du - welche Stärke?). Danke dir!

    Alles Liebe,

  12. Ich will an dieser Stelle einfach nur mal sagen, dass dein Blog mir seit langer Zeit sehr oft gute Laune macht. Liebe Grüße und danke für die häufige Inspiration!

  13. This comment has been removed by the author.


I'm always happy about feedback and about getting to know your opinion! :) Thank you!