Do you look at Calligraphy and amazing hand lettering and just turn green with envy? I get it, I feel the same about proper Calligraphy (with a nib pen and dip ink). I know the basics of Calligraphy but I’m lazy when it comes to practice; the clean up turns me off.
Learn To Hand Letter
You want to learn to hand letter… I know, which is why I decided to do a big resource post for you; someone who wants a no muss no fuss hobby that requires practice but zero clean up!
How to learn hand lettering with these Free Resources:
1. Beginning Hand Lettering with Pretty Prints and Paper
The hand lettering post by Pretty Prints and Paper was created as a basic guide for those who were interested in creating pretty lettering for the Bullet Journal just like this one.
It’s quite a good starting off point but the main information you would need as an absolute beginner to fauxligraphy would be in the image above.
Jessica also outlines Brush Calligraphy but that’s a whole different ball game. I think you should pick Fauxligraphy or Brush Calligraphy and stick with one. You don’t want to get overwhelmed.
2. Introduction to Hand Lettering from Megan Wells
Megan Wells is an amazing letterer and calligrapher.
Alissa Burke was lucky enough to get Megan to share a few guest posts on her blog to help teach you how to hand letter. The mini posts are a great springboard into the world of Lettering.
Update April 2017: Megan now has an amazing Lettering Book available to purchase and I LOVE IT. Teaching you how to letter and to colour pieces just she does.
3. A Quick Image Guide by She&She on Instagram
Depending on what your handwriting is like, this guide is one of the most basic guides around and it’s excellent!
If you want to improve your handwriting before you even try hand lettering, check out my post – How To Improve Your Handwriting As A Grown Up With Free PDF Handwriting Guides.
4. How To Fake Calligraphy with Doodle Craft Blog
In the post, Natalie prints out a copy of Janda Stylish Script font and attempts to copy it and creates her own version of faux calligraphy using the steps outlined in the mini guides above using these Sakura Pigma Micron pens.
5. Hand Lettering For Beginners from CreativeLive
This post reiterates what has been outlined in the posts above, with a tiny picture guide on creating a finished piece of Lettering/typographic artwork.
6. How To Hold A Brush Pen from High Pulp
This is a great post from High Pulp that teaches you the correct way to hold a brush pen, like one of these Tombow Brush Markers.
I mean what I said above; pick a style and master it before you move on to the next.
It will make learning and life SO much easier!
7. Brush Lettering Tips and Practice by Surely Simple
This post is incredibly in depth and well worth a read if you decide to go down the Brush Lettering route with plenty of video tutorials to help you along the way.
8. Get Better at Brush Lettering with ROL Design
Ray Of Light Design has created an insanely in-depth post to help you master hand lettering.
The infographic above is the tip of the iceberg!
The post is probably the best I’ve found that I haven’t paid for. Fo’ Reals.
9. How to Make Modern Brush Lettering + Edit in Photoshop with Angie Makes
Angie Makes has created an excellent photoshop tutorial to teach you how to digitize your lettering work!
10. Inspiration On Pinterest
I love lettering and love to store all of my Lettering inspiration on a pinterest board.
How to learn hand lettering with these Paid Guides
Paying for guides may not be your thing, I get it… who actually wants to spend their hard earned cash?
I earned it!
Trust me when I say…
with free guides and printables I love downloading and bookmarking the links and I never get round to working with them.
With a class that I paid for, there’s an extra incentive to do the work so you haven’t wasted your money.
It also means you don’t have to trawl through 20 different blog posts to get all of the content you can get in online classes.