Tutorials Archive








Write the name and address in pencil – consider mixing script and non-script hand lettering styles for texture and personality. For example, try writing just the name in script and the rest of the address in non-script, as seen above. If you’re as confident as Molly, go ahead and start your address with Sharpie.


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Trace over the hand lettered pencil address with a Sharpie of your choice. We LOVE the metallic Sharpies because they show up really well on virtually any envelope and add some sparkle.


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Finish the lettering by adding a thicker line weight on the down strokes. This gives your hand lettered design some dimension.  Don’t forget to erase pencil marks after the marker has dried. Also, think about adding some fun details on the envelope like polka dots or other simple illustrations! Don’t worry too much about where you’ll be putting the stamp at this point – just make sure that no important information is up near the top right corner of the envelope. It’s okay if polka dots are there.


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Finally, write the return address on the back flap.  Molly started in Sharpie, but feel free to use pencil first. When you’re finished, add on a illustrative element like a little heart, vine, or polka dots. These small details make it much more exciting when someone gets the letter in the mail!

Tutorial: Create a Freestyle Script Font
Type Workshop with @MollyJacques Register
Tutorial: Pencil Calligraphy
Pencil Calligraphy @mollyjacques


Yesterday I shared my thoughts on Blackwing pencils. What they’re great for, what they’re not so great for. Today, I want to share with you a fun and easy tutorial using the same pencils! Let’s learn a bit more about how to create modern calligraphy using just your pencil!




Pencil Calligraphy @mollyjacques


STEP ONE: Pressure Variations

Pointed pen calligraphy is based on the pressure and release system. Pressure on the downstrokes to create “swells” and relief of pressure on the upstrokes to create “hairlines”. You’re going to play around with the exact same method, but this way is a bit easier as you’ll simply use your pencil – no ink, dipping, or nibs needed!

Start by getting a feel for three variations of pressure: heavy, medium, and light. To create a heavy line, push down hard on your pencil when you draw a stroke. This will apply more graphite on the paper and is similar to how you’d create your swell strokes. Do the same thing with medium and light pressure. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll notice that the less pressure you put on your pencil as you draw, the thinner (or lighter) the line will be. This is also similar to how you would shade an illustration.

Once you have a grasp on your pencil pressure, you can move on to some simple letters!


Pencil Calligraphy @mollyjacques



Ready to practice calligraphy using just your pencil? Use the pressure techniques practiced in step one to assemble your alphabet. Write as you regularly would, whether in cursive or a non script, and simply apply heavy pressure whenever you make a “downstroke”. Take a peek at my practice alphabet to see where all of my downstrokes are. Notice how the downstrokes are thicker than the upstrokes? I achieved that by applying heavy pressure on those areas and light pressure on the other areas!


Did you try this modern calligraphy technique? What did you think? Share your thoughts in the comments below! Tag @mollyjacquesworkshop in your project on Instagram so we can follow what you’re up to and potentially feature your lovely hand lettering and pencil calligraphy!


TUTORIAL: The Easiest Digital Chalk Lettering
The EASIEST Digital Chalk Lettering Tutorial by @mollyjacques

Did you know digital lettering and calligraphy really doesn’t have to be complicated? When you’re creating digital files for client work, you should always have a more in-depth, layered and editable file, but if you’re creating artwork simply for your blog, social media, or a personal project, why not make it quick and to the point? Follow along with our SUPER easy steps to turn your pencil drawing into a digital chalk lettering image!



  • Scanner or iPhone
  • Adobe Photoshop & Computer
  • A Finished Pencil Drawing



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PRELIMINARY: Get your pencil drawing into the computer. You can do this in one of two ways:

  1. Snap a photo in good lighting with your iPhone and email the image to yourself. Open the image in Adobe Photoshop, or…
  2. Scan the pencil drawing with a scanner at 300dpi in RGB. Open the image up in Adobe Photoshop.
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STEP ONE: Adjust Levels to your liking.

Adjusting the “levels” of your pencil drawing is essentially going to make sure it has the right amount of lights and darks. To find your levels panel go to: Image > Adjustments > Levels.

Next, use the White (far right) Middle Tone (middle) and Dark (far left) sliders to adjust the image to your liking.

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STEP TWO: Invert your pencil drawing.

To do this, you’ll want to go to: Image > Adjustments > Invert (or cmd + I as a keyboard shortcut).


Original artwork created for Ford, Go Further.

That’s it! You now have a digital “chalk” image ready for your blog or social media. Still confused? Follow along with our quick tutorial video for a more in-depth look at this digital lettering technique!

Want to share your image in Instagram? Simply email the image to yourself and save it on to you iPhone to upload to Instagram. Tag @mollyjacquesworkshop in your image for a chance to have your work featured!



**PS: Did you know we offer a full e-course on digital chalk lettering here at MJW?!
New E-Course: Digital Chalk Lettering

Have you ever wondered how I create full-on chalkboard style illustrations like THESE using my tablet?


Well now is your chance to learn exactly how to create one-of-a-kind digital chalkboard illustrations! Here’s a bit of a run down on my newest intermediate e-course, Chalk Lettering with Your Cintiq or Tablet.

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Welcome to our intermediate course, Lettering II: Chalk Lettering with Your Cintiq or Tablet. This course was created to ease you into intermediate level digital illustrations by introducing a fun and straight forward technique: digital chalk lettering.

Starting the class, I’m going teach you why illustrators choose to use a tablet or Cintiq and how to use yours. You’ll learn how to create four distinct chalkboard lettering styles from start to finish and how to create illustrative elements like banners and small ornamental details. Next, we’ll cover fun add-on details like how to add a highlighted drop shadow or etching to your letters and how to add on flourishes.

The later portion of the class includes tutorials on coming up with layout ideas within Adobe Photoshop, using photoshop brushes to achieve a chalk effect directly on screen, and taking your concepts from start to finish, using a variety of layering digital techniques.

We’ll finish the course by importing our chalkboard background so it sits nicely behind our chalk style lettering and you’ll leave with a beautiful, one of a kind, hand-lettered digital chalk illustration.

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Your assignment is to create a digitally illustrated chalk piece using your Cintiq or tablet and Adobe Photoshop, illustrating a “Words of Wisdom” phrase. This could be something your mother used to tell you, or a quote from your favorite teacher of philosopher.