Drawing and Writing with Cricut – Get Started Guide
Jen Goode demonstrates how to use your Cricot to draw and write.
Drawing and Writing with Cricut
Drawing and writing with a Cricut machine: the basics, easy options, and more. Make-it-Now project ideas that include drawing and writing. I’ll be sharing a variety of canvas layouts, some of which include free images and others which do not.
Using Cricut Pens
I tend to talk about “drawing” far more than “writing,” but the tips and information I share are generally applicable to both drawing and writing, so keep in mind that if I say drawing, the tip will most likely apply to your writing as well.
Learn how to use the Cricut Pens to draw and write
This is the first in a series of articles about how to use a Cricut machine to draw and write.
Let’s get started drawing and writing with the Cricut
You can convert almost any cut design to a drawing design or add drawing elements to any project, so feel free to experiment with different looks with your cut files and see what happens when you convert them into drawing designs.
Types of Cricut Pens
Infusible Ink is heat set ink that allows you to create all kinds of custom designs for your projects. Metallic pens have a larger nib and draw more like a small marker.
Let’s practice and test our Cricut pens!
Canvas is a great way to see how well your Cricut pens work. I’m using a doodle border image set that you can get while in CDS. Tip: Design Space occasionally has issues and says the project isn’t available.
The Cricut Writing Tool Palette
To make a drawing or writing line in Cricut Design Space, simply designate the line as “draw” by selecting the image layer you want to draw and then selecting a pen color for that layer of the design.
Finding designs to draw
Many of my own designs for the Cricut library include a cut design and a draw line. To find my designs (JGoode Designs branded art) in Design Space, go to “images” and then enter “jgoode” in the search bar in the upper right.
Tips: Drawing and Writing with Cricut Machines
Attach the drawing lines together to keep a layout together; grouping lines does not result in a specific layout; it simply allows you to move pieces around your work canvas together. Test the different pen types before using them on your project to get an idea of how dark they appear on paper.
More Help and Ideas for Drawing and Writing with your Cricut Machine
Each lesson includes a project canvas that you can use in Cricut Design Space, as well as 11 additional lessons that cover a variety of uses and techniques. You don’t have to learn these techniques in any particular order, but I tried to arrange them in a simple to advanced order.
Using Your Cricut Pens – Tutorials and Example Projects
See what other creative projects you could make with them by looking through the gallery.
Can you draw with Cricut explore AIR 2?
When the Cricut Explore first came out, I talked about it briefly; now that we’re looking at the Explore Air 2 machines and the latest version of Design Space, a few things have changed: there are more Make-it-Now project ideas to choose from, including drawing and writing.
Is there a draw tool on Cricut?
The cricut draw tool uses the same cutting mechanics that you’re used to, but with a marker, and instead of cutting, it draws. There are some limitations to this, but it’s pretty cool if you want to draw something!
What projects can you make with a Cricut Air 2?
Ideas for Cricut Explore Air 2 Projects
- DIY SIGN u2013 ADHESIVE VINYL ON PAINTED WOOD Making home decor signs with my Cricut Explore Air 2 is one of my favorite crafts.
- TOTE BAG u2013 INFUSIBLE INK.
- CUP OF CHEER MUG u2013 ADHESIVE VINYL.
- FLOWER EARRNGS u2013 FAUX SUEDE.
What software do you need for Cricut explore AIR 2?
Design Space is a free application that works with Cricut smart cutting machines and is available for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. Here are the current minimum system requirements.
Are there free writing fonts for Cricut?
Make Any Font a Writing Font for Cricut She uses free software called Inkscape, which you’ll need to download. Give it a try; you might like it.
How do I install drivers for Cricut explore AIR 2?
How do I install Cricut Explore or Maker USB drivers?
- Step 1 u2013 Download and extract the driver file (Click here to download the Cricut Drivers).
- Step 2 u2013 Open u201cDevice Manageru201d on your computer.
- Step 3 u2013 Locating the machine in Device Manager.
- Step 4 u2013 Manually updating the Drivers.
Can you draw your own design on Cricut?
Learn how to use your Cricut machine to convert a cut file to a drawing project. You can use your Cricut to draw and write by selecting designs that include draw/write lines, or you can convert cut designs into drawing projects, or you can combine the two.
What is the best app for Cricut?
Cricut, Silhouette, and Cameo Users’ Favorite Apps and Websites
- Eraser App.
- Font Candy.
- Quickbooks Self-Employed (If you sell your crafts)