10 Online Classes To Take Your Lettering To THE Next Level
I have had a chicken scratch scrawl my entire life. It got worse in Uni (seriously, I could hardly read my notes from one particularly important class. I’m an idiot hole.)
When I discovered the crafty world a few years ago, I discovered pretty hand lettering and I couldn’t believe it! I thought I had to improve my handwriting immediately and then I would be amazing at lettering. I don’t think that’s necessary but it certainly made learning Lettering much easier!
Lettering and online workshops have seen a surge in popularity over the last few years! With more talented letterers deciding to become teachers and share their skills, there are so many incredible online classes you can take to learn about ANYTHING!
Today though, I’m very excited today to share some fabulous online courses available for lovers of all things letter related!
There are a few courses in here that I’ve shared before on the blog (since I’ve taken a few fair) but they’re so wonderful, they’re worth sharing again. Fo’ Sure.
Personally, I need to take this class. For some reason I cannot get the hang of these fancy brush pens. I think I use too much pressure. I’ll find out eventually 😉
In this class, you will learn the very first steps of brush pen lettering. We’ll go over some warm-up exercises and drills, pressure strokes and basic anatomy of type. Then we’ll see what are the basic letterforms and how to practice them. You can also find the attached worksheet for practicing brush pen lettering from the project description.
At the end of this class, you will learn how to sketch and letter a custom lettered phrase using brush pens. This class will also work as the foundation for other intermediate and advanced class that will follow in coming days. Hope you join!
In this class, we’ll create our own waterbrush lettered greeting cards using ink or watercolours. We’ll go over lettering techniques for forming letters with the waterbrush, creating typographic watercolour blends and finding your own waterbrush lettering style. At the end of this class, you’ll be able to create your own custom greeting card and walk away with a unique skillset that you’ll be able to use on your own projects well into the future.
Bonus material for this class: a pdf that lists every resource mentioned in the class so you’ll have access to the exact products used. Also included: a lettering inspiration sheet filled with different brush-style lettering resources and a printable pdf greeting card template to make a folded card from any paper you choose.
Learn and understand the importance of the fundamental knowledge of hand lettering.Discover how designer, Andrea Campos, taught herself hand lettering, answers questions she had when she started and how she launched her project, Type_Stuff. In this 50 minute class, you will learn the most basic techniques and tips every hand letterer should know. If you’ve ever wondered how to even start with hand lettering, this class will answer your questions. We will be taking the first step to starting a side project and creating the first piece for it. This class is perfect for anyone who knows how to hold a pen in their hand, it doesn’t matter if you can’t draw a straight line; anyone can learn this stuff. By the end of this class you’ll have set up the foundations for a strong understanding of hand lettering.
I’ve shared this class before because I REALLY want to take it! I love script so much. I think this will be my next class when I have the time 😉
Explore how designer Martina Flor uses her handwriting to create a piece of Script Lettering. In this 60-minute class, you will learn her step-by-step process for transforming spontaneous handwriting into a lettering piece. Martina will give you an insight on her process creating lettering and share tips to turn a spontaneous/imperfect handwritten expression into a personal and unique script design.
This class is the perfect complement for Martina’s previous Skillshare class ‘The Golden Secrets of Lettering’ and it is tailored for designers, illustrators, and everyone who wants to improve their set of skills for creating lettering. No prior knowledge or experience required!
Spice up your space with chalk! Join lettering artist Lauren Hom for a fun 40-minute class on bringing chalk murals to life. You’ll go behind-the-scenes with her process and learn tips for preserving, fixing, and flourishing your work.
Why chalk? Chalk murals can make a space more inviting, and they give you an opportunity to change up decor and show off your personality. Plus, chalk is an inexpensive and approachable medium — all you need is chalk, a bit of chalk paint or chalkboard, imagination, and you’re ready to create! By the end of this class, you’ll be able to convert a small notebook sketch to a large-scale lettered piece.
This class is all about creating large-scale lettering art by hand. It’s perfect for lettering artists and illustrators, enthusiasts, and everyone who wants to bring custom artwork into their home!
About This Class
Join Mary Kate McDevitt as she brings lettering to life with illustration. This 35-minute class explores using concepts to drive the style of your lettering and finding inspiration in reference materials. Focused on sketching, you’ll explore 3 different approaches:
illustrations alongside typography
letters taking the form of objects
subtle motifs throughout letterforms
By the end, you’ll create your own hand-lettered illustration inspired by your favourite animal. This class and project is perfect for beginners seeking a fun project as well as intermediate and advanced students looking to deep-dive into a sketching challenge.
More than 25,000 students have learned to hand letter with Mary Kate’s first 3 Skillshare classes: The First Steps of Hand Lettering, The Final Steps of Hand-Lettering and Vintage Hand-Lettering: Styling Phrases for Timeless Appeal.
About This Class
Write a meaningful name, quotation, or passage in a simple calligraphy script. This enjoyable project is a perfect way to spend time with words you love, grow your calligraphy skills, and practice making artistic decisions in pursuit of beautiful handwriting.
Transform your handwriting into beautiful script in this one-hour class with Brooklyn calligrapher Bryn Chernoff. Always welcoming and encouraging, she covers all the details aspiring calligraphers need to get started. From materials and setting up a workspace to basic shapes, line widths, movement, and connecting individual letters, this class is a comprehensive and thoroughly enjoyable guide. Plus, with 7 Skillshare-exclusive practice pages, a guide for straight lines, and countless inspiration photos, there’s no clearer introduction to the world of nibs, ink, and beautiful writing.
Style a phrase you love. Share it forever.
Count us among the thousands transforming our handwriting into artful drawings. In this 2-hour class, the talented Mary Kate McDevitt reveals the first steps of hand-lettering and inspires us to concept, design, and letter words for any use—a poster, magazine, t-shirt, or anything else we imagine. Plus, the impressive class project gallery speaks volumes for her clear guidance on common missteps, conceptual illustration, and digitization. We’re sharpening our pencils.
Learn by doing.
Find a quote, title, or phrase that speaks to you, and develop an illustrative concept that matches its mood and tone. Using your favourite drawing materials, create a hand-letter sketch that’s meaningful, lasting, and inspiring.
Watch 16 video lessons.
Researching and Brainstorming. Research and brainstorm ideas for your hand-lettered phrase, as well as different possible applications.
Sketching. Sketch out concepts that fit your idea.
Exploring Styles. Develop a clear concept and explore styles appropriate to the application—all while keeping your style.
Finalizing. Finalize a drawing that is ready to scan.
I’ve taken this class! I highly recommend it 😉 Sign up and start learning!
Follow along with designer and illustrator Jenn Coyle of Hello Brio as she vectorizes watercolour brush calligraphy. Knowing how to vectorize your watercolour art is a crucial skill so your work can be scaled to any size imaginable without becoming pixellated or losing quality.
After you’ve taken the first class, Jenn Coyle would probably recommend this one 😉 If you already know how to letter with watercolours but aren’t sure how to digitize it sign up today and start learning!
All of the above classes are from Skillshare where you can have 3 months for ¢99 if you sign up for any of these classes, so you can take them all and have brand new learned skills in just a few hours!
Explore the world of hand lettering and learn how to make some money doing it.
Are you interested in building a career as a hand-lettering artist? Want to take up calligraphy as a part-time gig? Are you a hand-lettering artist who is struggling to grow your business?
We have partnered with our friends at GoodType to bring together three professional hand-lettering artists to show you how to build a business around these skills. @GoodType is an Instagram type community for artists and admirers, showcasing beautiful letterforms and celebrating the type designs of designers worldwide.
In this workshop, you’ll get practical advice from professional creatives on how to build a hand-lettering business.
This workshop will cover:
– Starting a hand-lettering business from scratch
– Honing your style and finding your niche
– Building your portfolio and attracting clients
– Breaking into commercial hand-lettering
– Designing products with hand-lettering
– Building a community around your art
If you’re ready to start learning how to make your hand lettering into a successful business sign up today and start learning!
Get 20% Discount on this course using the code ‘HeartHandmadeUK’
What was the last online class you took?
Have you ever taken an online class? If not, what has stopped you?
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