Learn To Hand Letter: 20 Fantastic Resources For Beginners
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.
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!
First up we have the 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. 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.
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.
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. 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.
Paying for guides may not be your thing, I get it… who actually wants to spend their hard earned cash on things. Let me tell you, 100% 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 around 20 different blog posts to get all of the content you can get in online classes.
11. Amazing Brush Lettering Practice Guides from Random Olive
If you have decided to try Brush Lettering, you can’t go far wrong with these practice guides. There’s a free downloadable mini guide for stroke practice and then more extensive guides with words, sayings and tongue twisters.
12. Fauxligraphy Class at Brit&Co.
The classes at Brit&Co are amazing value for money, especially if you don’t want to pay a subscription fee.
Included in the class:
“In this class, you’ll learn how to:
- Turn your everyday handwriting into a calligraphy style unique to you
- Use basic strokes and movements to connect letters and make words
- Transfer your finished designs onto various surfaces (like a mug!) to make fancy gifts
Master calligraphy without the ink or nibs! With just a Sharpie, you’ll learn how to turn everyday handwriting into fancy calligraphy. In Alyssa’s class, you’ll learn the basic strokes to complete the alphabet. She’ll then teach you how to connect letters to make words and phrases. Finally, you’ll sketch out a design that you can transfer to various surfaces. You’ll walk away from Alyssa’s class with a riveting DIY coffee mug and a unique lettering style!”
All you need to take this course are the supplies listed on the page and the class worksheets prepared by Alyssa that are available for download after purchase.
CLASS WORKSHEETS INCLUDE:
- Practice Alphabet Print Out
- Alphabet With Stroke Guide
- Alphabet With Skeleton Outline
- Components of Style Print Out
- Flourishes + Laurels Print Out
- Grid Print Out
- Back Strokes + Warm Up Print Out
- Final Design Example”
Download your Bonus! – A Free Printable Online Course Tracker:
“In this class, you’ll:
- Be learning how to hold your pen with good form
- How to create strokes, letters, ligatures and swashes
- And how to combine the basic elements to form phrases
To master hand lettering in this class, you’ll start with form and small details, then build your way up to make your very own collection of custom goods, including greeting cards and wall art.:
This class is so impressive and it is PERFECT for beginners! The entire class is just over an hour and then you have all the time to practice your basics and when you’re ready, you can take it to the next level!
14.Brush Calligraphy With Simply Jessica Marie & Brit + Co.
“In this class, you’ll
- Be learning how to work with a paintbrush and watercolour paints
- Learn how to apply brush stroking skills to letter the full alphabet
- How to create a design layout and letter a print with your favourite quote
In this class, Jessica will walk you through how to apply brush strokes using watercolour paints to letter the full alphabet (upper and lowercase). Then she’ll walk you through tips and tricks on how to create a design layout with your favourite quote.”
This is the type of Brush Calligraphy that I cannot wait to practice again. Using watercolours is a much cheaper alternative than using expensive brush pens. One pan of 36 watercolours and a set of brushes is about half the price of a set of coloured brush pens.
15.Waterbrush Lettering at Brit + Co.
This class is just under one hour in length and was designed with beginners in mind.
“In this class, you’ll learn how to:
Create that brush-lettering style and take a sketched concept to a finalised design
Combine letters into words and define your own unique style
Blend colours to create ombre lettering and designs
With a pen tool and a wildly popular lettering style, water brush combines watercolour and lettering, and Nicole’s class teaches you how to master this style for yourself. Sketch and lay out a design, blend colours and create unique hand-lettered quotes like you see on Instagram!”
An Online Skillshare Class by Mary Kate McDevitt
I loved this class. Skillshare was the first place I ever bought a hand lettering class and I’ve taken about 5 on there since then. Always trying to improve and hone my skills. 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 that comes out early next year! It’s exciting!
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 the link above you can get 3 months of Skillshare for 99Cents. You can register with as many classes as you like and probably take about realistically take about 10 classes in the three months if you really committed!
I’ve developed a complete lady crush on Peggy Dean and her fabulous classes! Her Modern Calligraphy style is one of my favourites. And the Skillshare deal above applies to this class too!
Hit play on the video to see the class introduction.
Teelah Cunningham has created some amazing skillshare classes all about lettering! I want to make sure that you know there is a big difference between calligraphy and lettering. Lettering is all about drawing letter forms and this bounce lettering is so much fun! Hit play to see what I mean.
Don’t forget to download your Bonus! – A Free Printable Online Course Tracker:
This is another wonderful class by Teelah Cunningham! I know I’ve given you a few choices for the same type of lettering or calligraphy and that was on purpose. There are so many ways to do one style and some peoples teaching methods are preferred to others. Luckily, the classes outlined in this post all come with introduction videos so you can choose the type of class you want to take.
So the question is now… are you ready to learn hand lettering?!
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