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How to Make a Custom Hand Drawn Monogram

By Edited Mar 1, 2016 0 0

What you will need:

You can substitute materials depending on what you have.


Adobe Photoshop
Tracing Paper
Colored Pencils
Blending wax pencil




How To Create The Monogram

I would first recommend researching monograms to find a style that you would like to replicate. I chose to mimic the Marley Lilly monogram design. After you find something that catches your eye, start looking for fonts that you can install on your computer. This way your can create the pattern on your computer screen and make it easy to transfer onto paper. By googling "free fonts" you will find several sites that offer various types of fonts. Usually there are categories titles "decorative" or "initials". Sometimes these sites even let you preview a font sample so you can see what your monogram letters look like before actually downloading them onto your computer. 

Now, you may be a skilled artist and choose to hand-draw your monogram without help. Otherwise, keep in mind when choosing a font that you WILL be transferring the letters by tracing. This means the more detailed the letters are, the more time it will take, and the more attention to detail it will require. 

After you choose a font, download it to a place in your computer where you can easily access (like the desktop temporarily). Sometimes you will also have to unzip the font file as well. Now you can find where to install new fonts on your computer; this is usually in the Control Panel on a PC. You can right-click in open space or choose File>Install New Font. Add your new monogram font file (or files) to the font folder on your computer. 

Now you can begin designing and manipulating your Monogram design. I chose Adobe Photoshop to create my pattern, but you could also use a word editing program. I just find that it is easier to use Photoshop because you can make each letter a layer and place them just right. (This would obviously be easier for someone familiar with Photoshop). If necessary, you could just create one letter at a time and layer them however you'd like on your drawing surface.

Now that you have chosen your font, and brought the letters to the desired size on your computer screen, use tracing paper or thin white paper to trace the individual letters or pattern as a whole (like my design). To avoid mistakes, I use masking tape to secure the paper on the screen, this keeps the paper from shifting while carefully tracing. If your design will fit on a sheet of computer paper, you could even print your letters or design out and skip this tracing step. This step will prove that more detailed initials may be too much of a challenge if you are not patient. :)

Now that you have your pattern traced or printed you can transfer it to your design surface. There are a few ways to do this. It's easy if you use white paper, you can just put the printed design under the paper and trace. If you used tracing paper, you have a few options: carbon copy paper between the tracing paper and your design surface, or flipping your tracing over and using pencil to draw over the whole design- then flip the tracing back over and lay it on your design surface and re-trace the monogram design. (yes, extremely tedious!)

Once you have your design copied onto your design surface, the fun can now begin!!! This is where you begin to color your monogram. For my design, I used colored pencil and chose turquoise because that is the home decor color of my friend's house. You can also choose to use paint, oil pastel, crayon, or pen and ink. The way you fill in your letters is completely up to you. I wanted something simple and timeless, so I chose one color with custom shading. I framed it in black to make in clean and simple. At this point you can also color the background or even lay your design over patterned paper to really customize!

This design idea can be customized in any way you'd like, and applied to numberous objects for a cheap, personalized monogrammed design!

Happy Creating!

Simple Monogram

Made by Me

Personalized Monogram
Credit: Risa Marks


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