In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to do some really cool ribbon lettering, step-by-step.
Ribbon lettering is so cool, right?! Even better, it’s so easy to do. Be sure to download my free worksheet below and follow along!
First Things First…
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If you’ve never learned calligraphy before, this will be challenging. I have a ton of videos about how to actually DO calligraphy, and I’m skipping right into this tutorial as if you’ve done calligraphy before. If you haven’t, start here.
If you DO know calligraphy, let’s do this! We’re going start with just one letter, then move into a full word.
Step 1: Draw your normal calligraphy letter
Keep your upstrokes slightly thicker than you usually would.
Step 2: Outline your letter with your mono-line pen
This part is optional, but helpful if you’ve never done this before.
Step 3: Draw in the folds
Imagine you have a piece of ribbon and you’ve contorted it to be in the shape of this letter “h”…where would the folds go?
Think about where your upstrokes and downstrokes would go. The downstrokes (thicker parts) are going to be in the front (the lighter parts).
Next, trace the upstrokes. This will give you an outline that’s similar to colour by number. The upstrokes will become the darker parts, “behind.”
Step 4: Shade in the darker parts!
Use the darkest pen for the edge spots, and another layer of your original pen to blend. Alternatively, you can also use your darker coloured pencil.
Step 5: Get fancy with the shading (optional)
You can keep adding layers of darker colour at the edges and blending with the lighter pen until it really pops.
You can also try this without the black outline– the two h’s below are identical, except see how different the one on the right looks without the outline?!
And, what would this look like on a whole word?
And that’s a wrap!
Make sure you grab the FREE worksheet below and try this technique with different letters!
Free Ribbon Lettering Worksheet