One may ask that don’t have enough notebooks to write on?’ Well, if you’re a leather enthusiast and know well about the tooling and tempering techniques, you’d know that writing on leather is super exciting and creative. While you may think of writing only on paper or canvas, writing on leather comes as a surprise but you would be shocked to know how big of a market it is out there. Take a trip to a hardware store and you’ll find aisles full of leather writing tools. Some people write on leather out of habit to make their jacket or an accessory funkier, others, however, have opted for it as a profession. Leather is one of the most ideal materials available for art and design. The amazing qualities of leather make it fit for any type of experiment such as strong, breathable, durable, not only does it respond well to dye but also turns out to be of great finishing.
Writing on leather has gotten quite popular during the last few years. A bespoke leather jacket, bag, or wallet seems to be incomplete without a personal touch i.e. name, a special quote, or a sign written on it. Coming to the real topic, writing on leather is not that complicated, however, there are some misconceptions that we need to address in order to get the perfect outcomes.
Why Write On Leather?
This is the kind of question that one can ask if he/she is new to the world of leather. Well, you must have noticed that leather items such as sofas, clothing, and other accessories are super expensive. Hence there’s no harm in making it feel luxurious and having your name written on it. Other than that some people may need to identify their piece of leather because it’s quite common and many people around them own the similar one. Some may need to express their emotions or personality via art which is why they write on their leather accessory. Others, on the other hand, simply do it as a hobby or their love of art. From your name to your favorite phrase, there are many things you can write on your leather item of choice.
Sometimes, the accessory you buy seems a little dull or incomplete so for aesthetic purposes you can add to its beauty and charm by writing on it. Be it your leather shoes or leather handbag, you can be sure that it will look more appealing.
Let’s have a look at the step-by-step guide of writing on a leather accessory.
Step 1- Clean Your Leather Accessory
Before getting started with any tempering, you need to make sure that the leather surface is clean and doesn’t have any dust particles on it. these particles can interfere with the writings and make the item look unappealing at the end. Use the right kind of leather cleaning products to avoid any long-term damage to your leather. Always apply leather conditioner followed by the cleaner, in order to restore the natural moisture. Once you have cleaned the leather surface, let it dry on its own in a dry place and avoid using a hairdryer or direct sun exposure.
Step 2- Write On A Paper/Cardboard
It’s better to write whatever you need on a piece of cardboard and then proceed with doing the same on the leather in order to get the perfect outcome. Layout a sheet of cardboard on a flat work surface and start writing using the leather pen. You might need to put a lot of pressure on the pen if it’s new or hasn’t been used in a while. Once the pen starts to work smoothly, you can effortlessly write different words or symbols as you please. In the past, using heat pens or branding was the most common way of writing on leather. Thanks to modern innovations, now all you need is a specially designed pen for this task.
Step 3- Write On Leather
Once you have made the pen write smoothly, start working on the leather surface. The writing on the cardboard will adequately guide you so that you don’t make any mistakes. Hold the pen with one hand and use the other hand to hold the leather still and start to recreate the works you had practiced on the cardboard. Let your leather sit there for a while once you’re done with writing. Avoid using a hair dryer or heat to dry it because that may cause damage. Also, you should always read the instructions on the pen carefully to see if you’re using it correctly on the right type of leather.
There are a lot of tools available in the market for writing on leather. Some of them are made with eco-friendly material and dries faster than others. All these things can only be figured out by reading the manufacturing label. Now that you are familiar with the way to write on leather, dig out your oldest leather jacket that you no longer wear and be creative with it. Good Luck!