Did you know you can draw AND write with all Cricut cutting machines and coordinating pens? There are a ton of different pen colors to choose from and now, there is a brand new set of black pens. I love to create projects with my Cricut, but drawing with is my favorite. I LOVE the Cricut Pens, they make it easy to add a more hand drawn look to your writing and drawing lines. You can even get a bit of a calligraphy line depending on the stroke used to draw. Love love… did I say Love enough yet?
Draw and Write with Cricut Explore
When you are using the Cricut design space, you can choose to set any line as a draw or cut line. In the art I've been designing for Cricut I add in lines that are meant to be drawn specifically. Some of the writing and some of the art accents look so fantastic when you add a hand drawn look to the piece! I tend to use either the black pens or the metallics, although any of the pens are great! I'm crossing my fingers for fabric pens to show up at some point (wish wish wish!).
There are 5 cricut pens in the all black pen set. My favorite is the classic small nib pen aka Midnight. It's the standard Midnight pen you can buy as a single, but also a .3 nib in this set. What I love about the set is the different sizes of tips and how each creates a different look. Take a look at this example. All the of “love” art is a single draw line (you can grab this love as a free SVG file here.). The words “TO DRAW” is a different font drawn just with the calligraphy tip pen.. I didn't even color it in, it just drew out all nice and bold.
More Info About Drawing with the Cricut Pen
- Projects to draw and write with your Cricut
- Tips for writing with your Cricut Explore
- Drawing and Writing with your Cricut – The Get Started Guide and Tutorial Series – this a 12 part series covering a variety of drawing and writing specifics.
Check out the drawing function with this Snowman Gift tag I created. You can make this art piece too, it's available in Design Space (yay!).
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Projects to Draw and Write with Cricut Explore
Here are some projects that you can make with your Cricut Explore AND really have fun using the draw function.
Tips for Drawing with your Cricut Explore:
- Make sure the pen is set in the pen housing securely.
- Pay attention to the size of what you want to draw and the size of the pen tip you are using. Metallic pens are thicker, so super tiny drawn details won't be as clear as if you used the Midnight pen.
- You can layer pen colors, start with the lightest first.
- When creating Print then Cut projects, you can add a draw line on top of a PTC design, make sure to “attach” the pieces together.
- When creating multiple PTC pieces in a single project, if you have a draw line included, your PTC pieces have to be flattened to a single printed piece, or some of your draw lines will print instead of draw.
Read the Get Started Guide
Have you tried using the drawing function with your Cricut?