Posted by Katie smith / 1/28/2016 / 6 Comments / tutorial
Practicing Hand Lettering on the Buddha Board
Hand Lettering and Calligraphy are so trendy right now. Everyone seems to have pretty handwriting, right? I wish I did. I can make my writing pretty if I really try, but my every day writing looks the same as it did when I was 12.
Which is why I'm making it a goal to work on my handwriting. Which basically just means practicing writing better, and lately I've been practicing my lettering on my Buddha Board.
Why do I like the Buddha Board for this? Buddha Board is inspired by the Zen idea of living in the moment. You simply paint on the surface with water and your creation will come to life in bold design. Then, as the water slowly evaporates, your art will magically disappear leaving you with a clean slate and a clear mind, ready to create a whole new masterpiece. So it's perfect for practicing!
How to use an Original Buddha Board:
Add 1/2 inch of clean, room temperature water to the water tray. Hand Lettering is easier on a flat surface, so lay the board directly onto a surface. Dip your brush in water and lightly ‘paint’ on the special surface of the board, and watch as your creation boldly comes to life. As the water slowly evaporates your art will magically disappear. The more water you use, the longer the image will take to evaporate.
Gather your supplies- You just need an Original Buddha Board, some water and an inspiration piece.
For my inspiration I printed out a couple of fonts I like and wanted to try and copy.
To practice hand lettering/calligraphy, you follow the basic "rules" of the Buddha Board.
The main tip I have for hand lettering, is to use thick strokes when pulling the brush down, and thin/light strokes when going up.
Just keep practicing! Since the Buddha board dries pretty quick (generally anywhere from 10 seconds to 20 minutes), You can practice your lettering over and over, without going through sheets of paper. Eco friendly & relaxing!
How to take care of your Original Buddha Board:
The only substance that should come into contact with the surface of the board is clean room temperature water. To avoid scratches paint lightly, ideally using a soft clean long bristled paint brush. Never let your board become overly saturated or fully immersed in water. Use a soft clean cloth to gently dab excess water from the board. Only fill the water tray with 1/2 inch of water.
Although I love my notebooks, sometimes it's nice to practice without going through sheets and sheets of paper, you know?
Are you into the lettering trend? Do you have nice hand writing?
*I was compensated for the post however opinions are my own