Though their origins can be tough to trace, bubble letters gained popularity in the 1980s as one of the most popular writing styles employed by graffiti artists. Since then, the style has been widely used in a variety of ways. By utilizing bubble letters, you can inject fun and personality into your writings and art.

What are Bubble Letters?

Bubble letters are a font or writing style that gives letters a soft, rounded look. Instead of sharp angles, the letters have curvy, smooth corners and are typically characterized by their resemblance to balloons. Due to its proliferation in graffiti art, this style of writing became very popular in the 1980s and 1990s. Bubble letters are also used in store signs, on product packaging, on restaurant menus, in animation and in art.

How to Draw Bubble Letters

When drawing bubble letters, the key is inflating the shape of the letter and rounding its edges while still making sure that the letter remains clearly legible. Learning to write in bubble letters can be mastered by practicing the following steps.

  1. In pencil, lightly print the word you want to turn into bubble letters. Be sure to leave more space between the letters than you normally would.
  2. Draw round baguette-shaped ovals around each of the lines of your letter, positioning them so the lines that you printed in pencil in step 1 are at the center of your oval. This is the basis for your bubble letter.
  3. Go around the outside of the bubbles you have added with a darker pencil or pen. Connect the circles so that when you're done, you have the outline of your bubble letter.
  4. Erase any of the pencil lines inside of the bubble letter, leaving only the bubble shape of the letter visible.
  5. Go over the outside again with a thick marker.
  6. Now that you know the shape that your bubble letters will take, try to redraw them yourself freehand.
  7. Do the whole alphabet for practice.

How to Write in Block Letters in Microsoft Word

Using a word processing program like Microsoft Word to create custom fonts and text is an easy way to ensure that your project looks the way you want it to. A word processing program eliminates the possibility of human error when trying to draw block or bubble letters yourself and also saves time. Microsoft Word makes it easy to turn your text into block letters by following these steps.

  1. Open a new Word document.
  2. Go to the "Insert" tab at the top of the page browser.
  3. Select the option that reads "Word Art."
  4. You will see block letters in several styles and colors. Select the one you want. 
  5. A box that says "Your Text Here" will appear in the document.
  6. Click into the box and write your text. It will appear in the block letters you selected.

How Bubble Letters Can Spruce Up Your School Presentation

Bubble letters are simple to draw but go a long way in adding flair, fun and style to a school presentation. If you want your work to stand out, and offer some interesting variety, writing your headings in bubble letters can be a good place to start.

Bubble letters can be drawn in a variety of colors. By adding a little bit of shading to the exterior of the letters on one side, you can give the illusion of a shadow, making it look as though the bubbles are actually three-dimensional. If you decide to utilize bubble letters in your school presentation, don't stop simply at the lettering. Use colors, glitter pens, metallic markers and other details to make your work really stand out. If your presentation has a lot of text, make the reading fun and interesting by using bubble letters. Bubble letters are also a great way to signal a change of topic or subject within your presentation.

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