I have horrible handwriting, so when a piece I’m working on requires a handwritten look, I start hunting for a way to cheat. For an altered book layout that used 14 sets of pages, I needed hand lettering that would look good, but not take forever, or look like it was generated on a computer.

My compromise was to use unwaxed deli paper, a pen, and a computer print of the text I wanted to use. Here’s how it went together:

Be sure to use a permanent black pen, and to give it a blast of heat before applying it.

In a pinch, this would also work with tracing paper instead of deli paper.

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