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Hand Lettering Step by Step
One reason I love lettering is that it's a creative way for me to illustrate and display meaningful quotations. One of my favorites is “Good friends are like stars. You don’t always see them, but they’re always there.” I chose to cut the words out of paper and display them against a painted background reminiscent of a starry night. Cutting out the words is a delicate business and takes a little time, but it’s well worth the effort.

Posted by GMC Group Published See GMC Group's 274 projects » © 2018 Kathy Glynn / GMC Distribution · Reproduced with permission. · Hand Lettering Step by Step by Kathy Glynn, published by Sixth & Spring (£16.99, available from www.thegmcgroup.com)
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  • How to paint a piece of watercolor art. Paper Cutout Art - Step 1
    Step 1

    Prepare the Background

    Prepare the indigo watercolor by placing a small dab on your palette and wetting it with a few drops of warm water.

  • How to paint a piece of watercolor art. Paper Cutout Art - Step 2
    Step 2

    On the watercolor paper, begin placing dabs of paint with a loaded brush.

  • How to paint a piece of watercolor art. Paper Cutout Art - Step 3
    Step 3

    Allow the paint to puddle with heavily pigmented areas and lighter, more watery areas. Allow the paint to flow naturally. Let the paint dry completely.

  • How to paint a piece of watercolor art. Paper Cutout Art - Step 4
    Step 4

    Paint a Starry Background

    Once the watercolor painting has dried completely, wet the Finetec watercolors with a few drops of warm water. Mix the paints with the water until they are a creamy consistency.

  • How to paint a piece of watercolor art. Paper Cutout Art - Step 5
    Step 5

    Load your brush with the Inca gold paint. Tap the brush against your forefinger to create random splatters on the paper you painted in Step 1.

  • How to paint a piece of watercolor art. Paper Cutout Art - Step 6
    Step 6

    Repeat this process with the sterling silver paint just enough to create a celestial look. Set the painting aside to dry.

  • How to paint a piece of watercolor art. Paper Cutout Art - Step 7
    Step 7

    Cut Out the Words

    While you’re waiting for the paint to dry, draw out the phrase “Good friends are like stars. You don’t always see them, but they’re always there” on a piece of stipple paper with a pencil. I used a loose organic script that connects the words together.

  • How to paint a piece of watercolor art. Paper Cutout Art - Step 8
    Step 8

    Cut each section of the phrase into strips.

  • How to paint a piece of watercolor art. Paper Cutout Art - Step 9
    Step 9

    Cut around the shape of the letters with sharp scissors.

  • How to paint a piece of watercolor art. Paper Cutout Art - Step 10
    Step 10

    Next, cut more closely around the letters. Let the letters guide you as you cut, leaving some white space between the strokes but following the contours of the letters.

  • How to paint a piece of watercolor art. Paper Cutout Art - Step 11
    Step 11

    Assemble the Artwork

    When the painting is completely dry, glue the cutout letters onto the painting.

  • How to paint a piece of watercolor art. Paper Cutout Art - Step 12
    Step 12

    Variations

    Add your paper cutout lettering to cards, journal covers, and mixed-media art journals.
    Cut guests’s names out of paper and attach them to stands to create stunning place settings.
    Attach a cutout word to a treat stick for a festive cake topper.
    Instead of a painted background, you can glue the words onto a photo. Make sure the image isn’t too busy or the words will be hard to read.

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