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Art Tutorial: Create a Beautiful Hand-Lettered Sign Using Easy Techniques

Illustrator Molly Jacques details how you can turn your own handwriting into a work of art

Video run time is 18 minutes.
Courtesy Molly Jacques


In this 18-minute art tutorial, illustrator Molly Jacques will share work she’s created over the years and get you started on creating a “Home Sweet Home” sign for yourself or a friend. You’ll use materials you already have around your house to create beautiful work and learn how to add small, illustrated details to embolden what you created.

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Materials needed:

● Sharpened pencil with eraser

● Four to five markers in assorted colors

● Blank paper


About Molly Jacques

Born and raised in a small Midwestern town, Molly grew up alongside parents who fully encouraged her love of art and all things creative. From a young age, her passion for drawing was easily seen pinned up throughout her bedroom and on the family refrigerator. At the age of 18, Molly packed up all of her belongings to go study illustration at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. In 2010, she earned her bachelor of fine art degree with a concentration in illustration.

Soon after graduation, Molly started working part time for the high-end stationery company Sugar Paper. Throughout her time there, she soaked up lots of inspiration and found her true passion: calligraphy and lettering. In 2011, she took the plunge into a full-time freelance career and since then has built her business from the ground up. Molly’s work is strongly grounded in word aesthetics, ranging from lettering and calligraphy to typeface design and traditional illustration. You can learn more about Molly by visiting

More Art Tutorials

This is part of our series of easy-to-follow tutorials led by talented artists and illustrators. Check out these other classes, and stay tuned for more coming soon:

Molly Jacques' Holiday Cards

Molly Jacques' Custom Place Cards

Stan Fellows' Watercolor Basics for Journaling

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