How Do You Keep Your Lines So Straight?

There are a few questions I get asked so frequently I thought it would be a good idea to address those here on the blog. One of those questions is, “How do you keep your lines so straight?”

First, let’s be honest…

When I freehand a design like you see in a lot of my Instagram timelapse videos, the lines aren’t perfectly straight. The fast speed of the videos is very forgiving, so you hardly notice all of my imperfections.

For the most part, though, I am able to achieve somewhat straight lines, and I think that mostly just comes with lots and lots of practice and developing a second-hand nature for writing in a straight line without a guide. (Get help learning and practicing lettering & calligraphy with my lettering kit at handletteredtruth.etsy.com)

However, when I am sketching out a design that I intend to use for a print or a sign, I do want to be more precise with my lines, so I prefer to use a guide. In comes my secret weapon…

Okay, it’s not a secret, but here it is: Rhodia Grid Paper + Litup Wireless Portable Light Box.

As shown in the picture above, I use two sheets of Rhodia Grid paper in the size you will find at the above link. Two sheets fit perfectly within the lit up screen area of the light box also linked above. I line them up perfectly and then use washi tape to secure them to my light box. I use washi tape because it is easy to remove. (Also pictured: Sakura Koi Coloring Brush Pen — one of my top favorites!)

Once I have my sheets neatly secured to my light box, I can then use regular computer paper or (whatever kind of paper you prefer to use for sketching), turn on my light box, and place my blank sheet right over the graph paper so the lines show through and keep my writing nice and straight. If I need to secure my blank sheet so it’s not moving around and throwing my lines off, I will secure that also with washi tape for easy removal. (I LOVE @raindropwashishop for adorable washi designs not sold in stores, and because I love to shop small and support other makers and creatives.)

This is the method I use for sketching out a design that I want to use for prints or for my wooden signs. If it’s a design for a wood sign, I will then take my sketch and tape it to my wood piece and use carbon paper to trace my sketch onto my sign, and then paint it either using regular acrylic paints or acrylic paint markers. One of these days I hope to put up a full tutorial via the blog or YouTube, but for now I hope this quick explanation helps.

Of course, you could always skip the light box and just use the grid paper to sketch your designs. The process I use helps cut back on paper, which I love because Rhodia grid paper can start to get costly if you’re having to buy it all the time.

Some things I love about the light box:

  1. It has a rechargeable battery, so you can used it while it is plugged in or unplug it and take it with you wherever you want to work, since it is portable.
  2. The light is dimmable so you can customize the intensity of the light per your preference.
  3. It has a ruler on the screen for any of your measuring needs.
  4. It is thin and lightweight.
  5. It has pads on the bottom so it doesn’t scrape up my desk.

Once again, here they are listed with clickable links to where you can find them online:

Rhodia Grid Paper

Litup Wireless Portable Light Box

Sakura Koi Coloring Brush Pens


Menu Planning Made Fun

It’s always nice to be able to spruce up the mundane with a little fun. When I do my menu planning, I like to write it out nice and pretty with some brush pens.


This week, I used my Pentel brush touch felt-tip pen 12 color set SES15C-12“>Pentel Touch Brush Pens to fill out my breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu for each day of the week. These pens are some of my favorites because they are smaller and the brush tips aren’t as big as some of the large brush pens out there. It makes handling the pen a little easier, especially if you are new to brush lettering. It’s all about personal preference, though, so you’d have to try them out for yourself to see how you like them!

The planner I use for my home life is the me & my BIG ideas Create 365 The Happy Planner, Hello Life, 18 Month Planner, July 2016 – December 2017“>Happy Planner by Me & My Big Ideas. The menu portion is part of the “>Home Planner Add-on.

Meal planning makes life run a lot more smoothly with caring for my family, homeschooling, and running our small business.

Find the items mentioned by clicking the links below:

Pentel brush touch felt-tip pen 12 color set SES15C-12“>Pentel Touch Brush Pens

“>Happy Planner

“>Home Planner Add-on

Pencil Calligraphy, Uncategorized


Hi guys!

First off, welcome to my new website! I created this new site to be your one-stop shop for Hand Lettered Truth. Here you will find links to all of my social media accounts and my Etsy shop. I am super excited to share that this site is also a BLOG!!!

This is a blog where I will continue to share as I grow in my faith and understanding of my God. I love hand lettering and I love using it as a tool for scripture meditation and memorization. If you’ve been following me on Instagram for any length of time, you may have noticed that many of my posts are based on things that I am learning in my own walk, bible studies, family worship, etc. This has been a great platform to share the gospel through social media, as well as encouraging other believers in their own walk, and I look forward to continuing to do that through blogging and lettering.

Hands down, the most common question I get asked a gazillion times day is — yup, you guessed it — “What pen are you using?” I have tried to include that information in my posts, but sometimes I only have a split second to post in between flipping quesadillas and changing diapers…so I often forget to include important information. I’m hoping this blog will help…

Each time I post a new blog, I will share a link to it via social media with an image or video of something I hand lettered related to the blog post. If you are wondering what pen or paper I used in the post, you will be able to find that information right here in the blog, along with a link to where you can purchase those items.

For example: You may have reached this specific blog post via my Instagram video for the picture below. If you wondered what pencil or paper I used in the video, you will find that information at the bottom of this blog post, as well as a link to where you can purchase those materials online.

For this design, I used a Sakura127 Mechanical Pencil. My favorite! The pencil is thin and lightweight and makes it a joy to use. You can find the pencil at the following link:

Sakura127 Mechanical Pencil

The paper is Rhodia’s Classic Black Notepad with blank paper, found at the link below:

Rhodia Classic Black Notepad – Blank Paper