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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
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  1. I LOVE Buddha Boards, but I used mine for an entirely different purpose haha. When my daughter was a toddler, we'd let her 'paint' on one. It was great to pull out and let her go to town when we didn't have time to get real paint out (and all the coverings needed for a toddler with paint haha). I've never thought about using them for practicing lettering, that's brilliant!

  2. That definitely sounds like the perfect use for a Buddha Board!

  3. never heard of a buddha board. learn something new everyday Personally, I am totally into fountain pens and cursive improvement right now.

  4. You could probably use a Boogie Board as well, though it's not as zen..... :-)

  5. Never heard of a buddha board before but they look like fun and great for letter practice.

  6. It looks fun and very economy friendly. My hand writing is typical for a lefty, kind of messy. Despite my mother's best efforts. She was also left handed but had lovely penmanship, a product of the 50s and 60s generation, I guess. Maybe I'll give the Buddha board a try and see if I can better my lettering!


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I'm Katie, the artist behind the blog Punk Projects. I love everything crafty, I drink tea all day long, I'm a bit of a nerd, and I usually have ink or paint on my hands.

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