How To Letter “Bloom” In Floral Letters

Happy Thursday, everyone! Last week, I showed you how to make DIY Mother’s Day cards with floral letters. This week, I brought you another floral letters tutorial but in a different style of floral letters! For the entire month of May, I decided to make it a theme to do floral letters because May is a blooming month and I love floral letters. So let’s embrace this blooming month and get right into my second floral letters tutorial!

 

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 Materials you need to draw bloom in floral letters are:

  • Paper: In this tutorial, I’m using a piece of white watercolor paper in roughly 2.5×6 inches. The reason why I used watercolor paper is because it’s a good option for ink drawing since ink doesn’t bleed on paper.
  • Pencil & Eraser: Can be either a regular pencil or mechanical pencil — your choice! I always prefer mechanical pencils (because I don’t like sharpening pencils). My favorites are: Staedtler Mechanical Pencil, 0.7mm and Staedtler Triplus Micro Mechanical Pencil, 0.7mm.
  • Black Ink Pen: In this tutorial, I used black pens in three different tip sizes. Thickest tip (Tombow Dual Brush Pen / firm fine tip) is used to draw the outline of the letters. Thinner tips (Sakura Pigma Micron Pen in 0.5mm and Sakura Pigma Graphic Pen in 0.8mm) are used to draw the details and outlines of the flowers.
  • Ruler: Not 100% necessary but use rulers if you want to draw clean guidelines. Freehanding is cool too!

 

Simple five steps to draw bloom in floral letters are:

  1. Draw Guidelines
    For this tutorial, we’re going to draw five guidelines total. First, you’re going to draw three guidelines: cap line, x-height, and baseline. Then you’re going to draw two additional lines: one below the cap line and one above the baseline. These two additional guidelines will become useful when you get into drawing details in step four.
  2. Draw “Skeletons”
    Once guidelines are drawn, you’re going to roughly space out the letters, B-L-O-O-M. First, draw the first and last letters in order to make sure you have equal spacing on each side. By nature, letter M is wider than the rest of the letters so keep that in mind when you space out the letters. Letter L has relatively bigger negative space, which can look awkward at first. But we’re going to fill in this space with a flower in step four.
  3. Add Weight
    In this step, we’re going to add weight to the skeletons of the letters. Keep in mind of the spacing between the letters. Positive space of the letters and negative space around the letters should be approximately the same so that the letters look visually balanced. It’s definitely ok to not draw perfectly the first time! Keep erasing and redrawing as much you need to.
  4. Stylize Letters
    After letterforms are drawn, we’re going to stylize the letters (yay, the fun part)! First, we’re going to add leafy serifs. Next, we’re going to add inlines and circles. Then we’re going to draw leaves and flower buds on the inlines as if the inlines are main stems. Letters L and M have relatively bigger negative spaces; we’re going to fill in the space by drawing flowers. One tip to drawing leaves is to draw the stems first and then draw the leaves. This way, you can layout where your leaves will go before you draw them.
  5. Ink It
    Lastly, we’re going to ink the pencil drawing to finish off. Because the leaves overlap with the outlines, we’re going to ink the inlines, leaves and other details inside the letters first. After all the details are inked, we’re going to ink the outline. In order to make the letters more legible, we’re going to use a thicker pen for outlines so that the outlines are nice and bold. When you draw illustrative letters, try using pens with different thicknesses, giving a nice contrast, so that the letters stand out visually.

 

Did you enjoy today’s tutorial? Let me know if it was helpful to you — we want to hear from you! Now it’s your turn to try drawing floral letters. What will you letter? 

 

Love,

Julisha Kim / @julishakim

 

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