Have you noticed the trend lately?
The hand-lettered trend?
It’s on art prints, cards and vases.
It’s on globes too!
Since it’s such a fun look, I thought I’d try my hand at making over a wee globe that I purchased years ago.
DIY Hand Lettered Globe
- paint (I used Fusion Mineral Paints in Champlain)
- paint brush
- painter’s tape
- brush marker
- pencil, paper and eraser for practicing hand-lettering
1. Tape off top and bottom of globe to prevent painting on unwanted surface.
2. Paint whole globe with base paint color. I went with a really simple neutral off-white by Fusion Mineral Paints called Champlain to really contrast the black hand-lettering. Let dry. Repeat if necessary for good opaque coverage. I actually applied three coats.
3. Practice hand lettering with brush marker on plain or lined paper. Sean Wes has a great little free intro to hand-lettering (plus a paid course) here. And Emily has a calligraphy-style tutorial here. Practice what you’re going to write/paint on your globe.
4. Lightly outline your words for placement in pencil on the painted globe.
5. Using your pencil lines as a guide, use your copic or other brush marker to write your lettering.
Now I know some of you are going to say that your hand writing isn’t so great. But honestly that’s sort of part of the charm of the look of hand lettering these days – some is precise and perfect and some is loose and a little bit wild.
Just go with it!
Are you into the whole hand lettered look of late? Do you have any old globes kicking around that could use a little artsy touch?!