Attention Budding Hand Lettering Superstars! Do you look at hand lettering or calligraphy and just turn green with envy? Wishing that you could be THAT good at something?
I get it, I’m the same. With practice… it IS possible. Let me tell you a little story….
Blinking constantly, trying to focus on anything but nothing was working. Intense pain seared through my shoulder and I blacked out. “Claire? Claire?”
All I could do was groan. I was in agony and my brain was trying to catch up on what happened but the pain was so intense I couldn’t focus on a thought. “What do I do? What do I do?!”
My shoulder had been dislocated during a seizure and my brain couldn’t deal with reality.
When I fell, I fell hard. The shoulder that I dislocated was on my left-hand side but I managed to damage some nerves in my neck in the process.
Just a tiny amount of damage but enough for me to lose the grip in my right hand completely. All my hard work training my handwriting hand had gone to waste.
My hands still occasionally spasm but I managed to retrain my handwriting hand, retrain my hand lettering skills and become a published hand lettering artist within a year thanks to using squeeze products like these, thin nibbed pens, dot grid pads and retaking some of the classes that I’ve listed in this post.
Learn To Hand Letter
You want to learn to hand letter… I know that, which is why I decided to do this huge resource post for you; someone who wants a no muss no fuss hobby that requires mindful practice but zero clean up.
Maybe you want to learn how to hand letter so you can start your own hand lettering business, or learn calligraphy so you can create your own wedding invites, you could even start your own wedding invites business!
If you’ve ever suspected — like most great hand lettering stars I know — that the best way to get really good at hand lettering is to learn from other superstars, then practice and develop your own style… you now have proof it’s true. Because it’s exactly what I did.
How to learn hand lettering with these INCREDIBLE Resources!!
It has been specifically created for beginners.
“You don’t have to be a graphic designer to pen the gorgeous hand-lettering that you see in logos, cards and even T-shirts! Designer Adam Vicarel uses a step-by-step approach to teach you how to create your own stunning designs using simple materials that you probably already have at home.”
I took this course during my 7-day free trial here, and I loved every minute of it. I’m not a beginner but I like to learn different techniques from many different hand lettering stars. You can become incredible at hand lettering without having to be a designer!
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.
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.
How to learn hand lettering with Expert Advice
Paying for guides may not be your thing, I get it… who actually wants to spend their hard-earned cash?
I earned it! It’s mine!
I’d ask you to trust me on this, but hey, I’d rather you decide for yourself…
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, not to mention you have ongoing support which is essential if you’re just starting out.
3. Hand Lettering Essentials for Beginners by Mary Kate McDevitt
I loved this class because it was the most comprehensive beginner course I’ve ever taken.
Skillshare was the first place I ever bought a hand lettering class and I’ve taken about
5 27 Skillshare classes since then.
I’m always trying to improve and hone my skills.
Skillshare are offering an exclusive two free months of Skillshare Premium (instead of one month) to you, my lovely reader.
It was thanks to my work from this class that I was contacted by the fabulous Jenny Doh and asked to contribute to a Lettering book; Creative Lettering For Kids! Look At Mah Skillz
I’ve registered with this classes and watched the videos.
I haven’t done any of the practice work but the instructions are excellent and I can see how invaluable the tips are in this class. Definitely recommending it if you sign up to Skillshare.
==> If you follow this link you can get TWO MONTHS of Skillshare for FREE!
You can register for as many classes as you like and probably take about realistically take about 5 classes and be fully invested in two months month. That’s loads!
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 (my absolute favourite colours!).
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. The Easiest Way To Learn Hand Lettering:
I love lettering and love to store all of my Lettering inspiration on a Pinterest board.