House in the woods lettering project

This year our summer vacation was in a cabin in the Redwoods of northern California. We chose the spot because it’s remote and off the grid, which gave us lots of time to dream about building our own home in the woods some day.

Redwoods and ferns on the Stout Grove Trail in northern CA

I took the opportunity for quiet time without TV or internet to work on my lettering and drawing skills. Talking about our home in the woods inspired me to letter the phrase “house in the woods” and see how I could experiment with different styles and compositions.

Hand lettered house in the woods initial sketches
in my initial sketches, I played with arranging the letters and the bounce
Hand lettered house in the woods 2
experimenting with fitting the words together
Hand lettered house in the woods 3
getting closer with the composition
Hand lettered house in the woods 4
this one doesn’t quite fit together in the middle
Hand lettered house in the woods 4B
added color and changed up the lettering style
Hand lettered house in the woods 5
this one works the best, although my faux calligraphy effect is a little wonky

Tools

  • Pentel Sign pen
  • Paper Mate Flair colored pens
  • Pentel Color Pen Fine Point (in black)
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