How to Fill in Writing and Drawings with Cricut – No More Bubble Letters or Outlines!

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Fill in Writing with Cricut. Tired of bubble letters and outlines in Design Space? Follow this tutorial to add solid filled color to any text or image!

In this tutorial, we are talking all about drawing and writing with your Cricut machine! The best part is I will show you how to fill in a drawing with Cricut and turn pen outlines into solid colors, so you do not have to be limited by bubble letters or outline-only drawings! To draw and write with your Cricut, you will need a pen, design space, and a Cricut machine – Cricut Joy, Maker, Maker 3, Explore 2, and Explore 3 will work!

When I first started with my Cricut years ago, I was continually frustrated with using pens in Design Space. Bubble letters are cool and all (we all remember the 80s and 90s!), but I wanted to know how to color or fill in my text or images with a pen, not be stuck with outlines only.

The good news is there is a way to fill in your images and text to create solid results when you draw with Cricut – this is known as hatch fill patterns.

There are two methods by which you can create fill-in an image for your Cricut to draw. Before we get to those, let’s talk about what a hatch-fill pattern is.

Use your Cricut Joy, Maker or Explore with hatch fills to make solid filled text in Cricut Design Space.

How to Draw with Cricut Both Text and Images

If you are a beginner at using a Cricut, let me encourage you to take my Cricut Freedom Workshop. It’s completely free and will help you overcome feeling frustrated and overwhelmed.

Likewise, if you have never used your pens to draw with your Cricut, take a moment to follow some of my step-by-step tutorials to get familiar with the process, such as my Cricut Foil Tags with Writing Font or my Cricut Joy card tutorial. I will also walk you through an example below with the hatch-fill approach.

Fill in Writing with Cricut. Tired of bubble letters and outlines in Design Space? Follow this tutorial to add solid filled color to any text or image!

What is a Hatch Fill Pattern?

So what exactly is a hatch-fill pattern? Hatch-fill is a pattern of lines or dots that make a solid fill result when looked at from a distance. By adding these hatch fills to our designs, we can achieve a filled look to our text and images once drawn out with our Cricut pens. The tighter the hatch pattern, the more solid it will look.

How to fill in a drawing with Hatch Fill Patterns

I am going to show you two ways to draw with your Cricut and add hatch fill to text and images. The first will require Inkscape and the axi-draw extension. The second will be all done in Cricut Design Space with the help of my free hatch-fill patterns.

Inkscape can seem daunting, especially if you are just trying to understand your Cricut machine too. If you are wondering how to create your own SVG cut files, and convert images into layered SVG files, make sure to watch my FREE Magic of SVGs workshop, where I give you a full tutorial! You can also join my master course, Free the SVG, to learn everything you need to know to create stunning SVG files for your Cricut crafts!

How to fill in your text with hatch-fills.

Creating Your Own Hatch Fill Patterns in Inkscape

What you will need:

Slicing Hatch Fill Patterns in Design Space – Free Download

Creating fills in Design Space can be done, but you will need to have access to hatch fill patterns that can be imported and sliced out in Design Space to get your Cricut to draw the lines inside.

What you will need:

  • Cricut Design Space
  • Free hatch fill patterns (download below)
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Free Hatch-Fill Patterns for Filling in Text and Images with Your Cricut

Download these free hatch-fill pattern templates by signing up via the form below. Once you set your password via the email sent to you, enter the vault, and search at the top with the keyword hatch-fill or design #338. I’m also including 6 FREE frame SVG files if you wish to frame your typography quotes and turn them into wall art! Download the free frames in the vault – design #339.

If you are already a member, log in right here and find it by searching hatch-fill or Design #338. Need help entering the vault? Read this helpful post here. 

Using Hatch Fills in Inkscape for Cricut – Video Tutorial

Before you jump into the hatch fills in Inkscape tutorial, check out my beginner’s video to using the text tool in Inkscape. Press play below to see how to create hatch-fills in Inkscape and set it up in Design Space, or scroll down to view the Design Space-only option using my templates.

Creating Hatch Fills in Cricut Design Space – Video Tutorial

If Inkscape seems too daunting for you, try using my free hatch-fill templates and the slice tool inside Design Space. Watch the full video below to see how I add fills to my text and images in Cricut Design Space.

Filling Your Text and Images – Cricut Pen Tutorial

It’s finally time to fill in our drawing with our Cricut! In clamp A, place your Cricut pen tip down. Push the pen in until the arrow on the side of the pen disappears.

Inserting a pen to your Cricut

Select your material. In most cases, this will be cardstock – I am using medium-weight cardstock here.

Cardstock material settings in Cricut Design Space.

Using the hatch fills when you are drawing and writing with your Cricut will mean some extra time because of how the pen has to go back and forth so many times. I recommend working on another project while your machine does the drawing.

Your Cricut will prompt you to change your pens if you have more than one color in your design. Make sure not to unload your mat until the very end.

Here is how my hatch-filled drawings and text turned out!

Fill in Writing with Cricut. Tired of bubble letters and outlines in Design Space? Follow this tutorial to add solid filled color to any text or image!

Cricut pens are great, but sometimes I really want to use other pens with my Cricut machine. I tried out these Cricut pen adapters and discovered you can use dozens of non-Cricut brand ones with your Explore or Maker model machines! If you are a Cricut Joy user, check out these Cricut Joy-friendly pens.

What questions do you have for me? Ask below and show off your filled text or drawings in our Facebook group!

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  1. I am having an issue getting a decent hatch file to upload to DS. I upload it and it goes to patterns instead of in my uploads. I have watched your video as much as 12 times today and still not doing anything productive. I want to use fill in for doing infusible ink on coasters.

  2. I’ve looked everywhere for this answer and stumped the Cricut help desk, but here goes…

    When I use the draw function, the Cricut goes over every line TWICE. It literally draws each line and then retraces the exact same line before moving on to the next one. Is there any way to get it to only go over the drawing lines once?

    There’s no setting for that specifically, but I’m wondering if I can trick it somehow. Can I possibly set it to cut (instead of draw), set it for thin paper (hoping it will only “cut” each line once, instead of going over the same line two or three times), but put a pen in the cutting slot?? Is that ok to do?

    It’s so crazy that there’s not an option for only drawing each line only once, but so it is. Help!

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