The Art Of Lettering – 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 the art of 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.
In this class, you’ll learn how to:
- Create that brush-lettering style and take a sketched concept to a finalized design
- Combine letters into words and define your own unique style
- Blend colors to create ombre lettering and designs
With a pen tool and a wildly popular lettering style, water brush combines watercolor and lettering, and Nicole’s class teaches you how to master this style for yourself. Sketch and lay out a design, blend colors and create unique hand-lettered quotes like you see on Instagram!
How gorgeous is this photography? That alone was enough to sell me the class. Seriously. I’m a sucker for pretty things and a good sales pitch.
I bought this class after practising my butt off with these printable guides from BrushLetterPracticeGuide.com. I LOVED these guides! For pen technique though I thought I had better enroll in a class of some sort and this one screamed at me! (Like the rest of the Brit & Co. classes to be honest!)
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 reviving DIY coffee mug and a unique lettering style!
This is the first lettering skill I ever developed and I am so happy I did. You can adapt it to any script style so it’s perfect for aspiring letterers and also folks who have learnt basic skills and want to learn how to fake a Calligraphy skill for Christmas Cards!
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.
This class is PERFECT for you if you want to develop a solid foundation upon which to build your mad lettering skillz! Seriously. I LOVE Skillshare so much, you can register with as many classes as you want and you can get three months for 99 cents. I’ve managed to take 10 Classes in the last week alone and I try to practice and implement a lesson each day.
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!
Script is my favourite style of lettering, I use it in all of the faux-ligraphy I love to create! It’s mostly greetings cards for my granny but she loves them so it is absolutely worth it!
What you’ll learn in this class:
- How to choose lettering styles and design principles for your layout
- How to draw in sans serif, serif and and script letters
- How to add embellishments, flourishes and dimension to your design
In this class, you’ll learn how to create letters, phrases and designs with professional chalkboard artist Valerie McKeehan. While practicing on this no-pressure medium (because everything erases!), you’ll learn how to plan your design, draw phrases in various lettering styles and add embellishments and dimension to your design.
You’ll walk away from the class equipped with a new set of skills to create your own style of chalkboard art for your home, office or upcoming wedding.
This class is next on my list. Out of all the lettering, I’m a smudge making machine with chalk letters! Unless of course I’m using the UniPosca markers 😉
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.
I have taken one of Mary Kate’s classes before and it was amazing. I went from retraining my handwriting in 2012 after an injury that damaged nerves in my neck, to being asked to contribute to a Lettering book in 2016! Amazing right? I’m serious when I tell you that I owe it all to learning my foundations through The First Steps Of Hand Lettering (also listed below)
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 don’t know if you read above, but I have indeed taken this class. I went from retraining my handwriting in 2012 after an injury damaged nerves in my neck, to being asked to contribute to a Lettering book in 2016! Honestly, I owe it all to The First Steps Of Hand Lettering.
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! I love skillshare and have been taking classes with them since before it became a subscription based site a few years ago. They’re an awesome service to start learning lettering skills!
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
Modern Thrive offer amazing courses for when you are absolutely ready to start a business with your hand lettering! Whether you are starting to offer courses yourself, tutorials or workbooks, this class is awesome.
Get 20% Discount on this course using the code ‘HeartHandmadeUK’
What was the last online class you took? Do you appreciate the art of hand lettering enough to take a class or do you use online tutes only?
Please let me know in the comments below!
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