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Two Methods:Working from ScratchUsing OutlinesCommunity Q&A

One of the iconic images of the psychedelic sixties is the twisting, expanding, hallucinogenic writing on the eye-wateringly bright posters announcing the bands of the time. Although this style faded after the Summer of Love and didn’t survive punk, you can now recreate the acid trips of the period with your own psychedelic.

Method 1 Working from Scratch

How to Create Lettering for Psychedelic Posters

1 Draw out your groovy design neatly in pencil. Try to make letters fit together like puzzle pieces, and try to give them some kind of flow, while avoiding them touching. Make sure that the corners of the letters are suitably rounded. Fiddle around with the letters to make them as big as possible.

How to Create Lettering for Psychedelic Posters

2 Go over the letter outlines with black pen. Fix any mistakes you see or try to fill up any blank spaces on the page, but be careful – the pencil was easy to rub out, this isn’t.

How to Create Lettering for Psychedelic Posters

3 Use a rubber to erase the pencil markings around the letters once the ink has dried. This should leave the ink lettering clean-cut.

How to Create Lettering for Psychedelic Posters

4 You can now leave the letters black and white, which can look good for maximum contrast, or fill them in with colouring pencil or ink.

How to Create Lettering for Psychedelic Posters

5 Include some cool peace symbols. Method 2 Using Outlines

How to Create Lettering for Psychedelic Posters

1 Count up the number of words in the phrase you want to write, and divide your piece of paper or body part with pencil or paint into this number of spaces.

How to Create Lettering for Psychedelic Posters

2 Tally the number of letters in each word and divide the word spaces up into this number of gaps.

How to Create Lettering for Psychedelic Posters

3 Sketch the letters into the slots with your pencil, filling up all available space (even if the slot is a weird shape). Make sure that the corners of the letters are suitably rounded. Fiddle around with the letters to make them as big as possible, but avoid letters touching.

How to Create Lettering for Psychedelic Posters

4 Go over the letter outlines with black pen. Fix any mistakes you see or try to fill up any blank spaces on the page, but be careful – the pencil was easy to rub out, this isn’t.

How to Create Lettering for Psychedelic Posters

5 Use a rubber to erase the pencil markings around the letters once the ink has dried. This should leave the ink lettering clean-cut.

How to Create Lettering for Psychedelic Posters

6 Choose if you wish on the shading. Leave the letters black and white, which can look good for maximum contrast, or fill them in with colouring pencil or ink.

How to Create Lettering for Psychedelic Posters

7 Include some cool peace symbols.

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