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National Handwriting Day: Free Printable!

Hello! My name is Zee Sutermeister and I am the spring intern at Smudge Ink! I am a senior Illustration major at Lesley University in Cambridge, and printmaking and stationery are actually my two most favorite things about illustration. I am so excited to be able to work with Smudge Ink over the next few months learning hands-on what goes into the stationery and letterpress industries. Feel free to check out my work Here ( at my website or on Instagram!

Today, January 23rd, is National Handwriting Day! As someone who has always loved hand-lettering, I love learning more about it and I have spent some time researching tips and tricks which I have compiled into a FREE printable guide for getting started with hand letteringHand lettering, from brush calligraphy to big playful block letters, is an incredible way to make a statement with words that goe beyond just the meaning of the words themselves, adding another dimension to the words. I remember writing my friends’ names in funny “bubble letters” in elementary and middle school and embellishing notes with a variety of “fonts” to emphasize points in high school. Now that I make art all the time, I have been trying to incorporate hand lettering in my pieces as well.  

I’m including one of my own pieces of hand lettering: a quote by Oscar Wilde that I illustrated for a journal cover.Anyhow, I hope y’all are able to learn a little something from my Hand lettering tips and tricks guide! The best way to get better at something is by practicing, and though I admittedly am still learning every day, I would love to teach you something myself if I can.