Design: Grid Lettering

You’ve seen those fun hand-drawn typefaces making the circuit lately, a little bit robotic, a little bit indie, but definitely fun! Here’s an easy way to achieve those styles for your own projects with grid lettering.I found several resources of lettering from a book circa 1890. Yes, 1890! I’ve included some specimens of various alphabets below that you can either print and trace, or using grid paper, reproduce yourself.
Or, maybe you’d like to create your own! What? You don’t have grid paper on hand? Problem solved:For my “GRID” lettering, I traced over an alphabet using semi-transparent white paper and a fine point sharpie.You can add darkness to shadows either digitally or like I did by scribbling same-direction lines into the shadow areas.I took a photo of the drawing with my little digital camera, uploaded it into Photoshop Elements and had a little fun. You can create wording for greeting cards, blog headers, to place over your favorite photos, or just about anything you can imagine.This example should teach my son not to get goofy with my camera when I’m not looking! HA!

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16 Responses to Design: Grid Lettering

  1. #1 - bridget {bake at 350} says:

    Oh, that last picture is awesome!

  2. #2 - Shel at Dreamy Nest says:

    Awesome typography! Love your ideas – and your son's picture is too cute!

  3. #3 - CitricSugar says:

    Thanks for sharing! And I, too, think that shot is priceless!

  4. #4 - Kokopelli says:

    *lol* Nice pic! And thanks for all the letters. They'd would add a special touch to a handmade card.

  5. #5 - Tales From My Empty Nest says:

    Great information! Thanks for sharing. Love that last picture. Cute! Love & blessings from NC!

  6. #6 - Jean says:

    This is a very good and practical idea to creat the blog header. Thank you for sharing. Certainly I will try.

  7. #7 - Just Me says:

    What a great find! 1890?!!!! How cool! Thanks so much for sharing and including the demonstration and the priceless picture with your son. I can't wait to play! LOL

  8. #8 - CraftCrave says:

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [29 Apr 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  9. #9 - Pingos do Céu says:

    Muitos parabens pelo seu trabalho magnifico.
    Adoro ver a forma como os seus projectos se concretizam e como parecem fáceis de fazer!!

    Continuação de um óptimo trabalho e desejos de muita inspiração e criatividade!!

    Cumprimentos, Pingos do Céu,

  10. #10 - Kathryn says:

    Cool! Some of us are old enough to remember when we wrote this way on our binders and book covers in high school. Funny how there are fonts for all of this now. Thanks for the fond memories and for sharing the "how to".

  11. #11 - Valley Art Project says:

    Love it! Thank you

  12. #12 - Pink Martini says:

    Thank you so much for this information. I love knowing how people make graphics although I have no programs that would allow me to make them but I am storing away every bit of info so I can have fun too one day. It is very nice to you to share. 🙂 xoxo

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  14. #13 - hatyyyy says:

    this is just wat i need. thanksssss

  15. #14 - dorothy scandurra says:

    tremendous, and basic information for any aspiring artist—which I am!!!!!

  16. #15 - solve says:

    Please provide name of the book, i want to search for it, since it is public domain.