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Alexa Fornoff

DIY-ify: Hand-Lettered Artwork

Written on May 7, 2013 at 9:49 am , by

Trend: Hand-Lettered Artwork!

I’ve long been an admirer of pretty penmanship (it was my favorite class in second grade–I still have a secret stash of the blue-line, wide-rule paper at home!), but even I can barely read my own to-do lists. I blame my sloppy script for why I’ve been coveting all of the gorgeous posters and prints covered with beautifully illustrated words.

Laura Graves for Society6, Oh My Deer, Mary Kate McDevitt

And while I want to buy them all, my wallet thinks otherwise…but, good news! With a few free fonts and a normal word processing document, you can create a chic, on-trend poster of your very own.

It’s really simple: Find a favorite font or fonts (free for personal use) at dafont.com, Font Squirrel, or by doing a search for “free handwritten font.” (I used Mighty to Save, Fragment Core, and KG Two is Better Than One.) Download it to your computer, and add it to your fonts. Next, open up a new document, and play around with alignment, fonts, styles, and placement. Try mixing a serif and a sans serif or regular and italic, or keep things classic with one font. It’s up to you! Finally, print out your newly created wall art on a sheet of 8.5×11-inch card stock. To make it even more custom, use washi tape to mount your new masterpiece on top of a larger mat. Frame, hang, and be inspired!

–Alexa Fornoff, shopBHG editor