Lettering Video Tutorial, Part 2

By Valerie Matyas

Flipping through the resource Ponder Anew: A Hymn Journal for Trust and Confidence you might notice the variety of lettering the artists used as part of their illustrations. Creative lettering comes in all different sizes, styles, and levels of complexity.

The right lettering tells a story simply by its shape and feel.  Taking time to letter allows your hand, mind, and heart to linger longer on the message, the lyrics, or the words of Scripture.

The video tutorial provided below is the second in a two part series. Feel free to explore the Lettering Part 1 Video Tutorial where I offered a fairly basic introduction to lettering–accessible tools, three quick fonts, a handy tip or two to help you be successful. This second part shows you how to add a frame or container to your lettering as well as a shadow.

In addition to the lettering, I share a next step that Jesus is directing in my life by way of thank you notes. I explain how I have shaken my negative attitude toward writing thank you notes and have since adopted an attitude of joy shaped largely by the pleasure I find in lettering and 1 Thessalonians 5, where Paul writes:

“Rejoice always,
pray continually,
give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NIV) 

To read more about lettering (or the art of typography) explore the  Typography Bible Journaling section of the Visual FaithTM Ministry website. There you will find lettering examples, ideas, and further insight and inspiration. 

I continue to enjoy seeing all of your posts in the Ponder Anew Pop Up Group. Try your hand at lettering, framing, or shadow. Feel free to share your work, and let me know what you thought of the experience!

Blessings on your week!

Valerie Matyas
Lead Illustrator
Ponder Anew


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