Attention Budding Hand Lettering Wannabe! Learn to hand letter today… what is stopping you? 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.
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.
My shoulder had 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.
How to learn hand lettering with these INCREDIBLE Resources!!
After some practice, you’ll even be able to letter in snow or upright on mirrors or windows!
While this was a Facebook Live a couple of years ago, all of the information is still relevant. The skills haven’t changed! Get all the tips from the actual professionals over at Tombow.
If you have decided to try Brush Lettering, you can’t go far wrong with these practice guides. There’s a mini-guide for stroke practice and then more extensive guides with words, sayings, and tongue twisters.
Hand Lettering For Beginners:
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! Woo!
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.
3. Introduction to Hand Lettering from Megan Wells
Megan Wells is an amazing artist, 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 to buy 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 honestly, 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 you pay for, there’s an extra incentive to do the work so you haven’t wasted your money. It’s how I like to view it!
It also means you don’t have to trawl through 20 different blog posts to get content you can get in online classes, not to mention you have ongoing support which is essential if you’re just starting out.
I’m 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; Creative Lettering For Kids! Look At Mah Skillz:
4. 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.
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I’ve registered with these 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.
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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. That’s loads!
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. The Easiest Way To Learn Hand Lettering:
I love lettering and love to store all of my Lettering inspiration on a Pinterest board.
This class is awesome! And yes… I have taken MANY classes. I really enjoy connecting with people, learning peoples styles and developing my own.
With this class you will learn:
- The best way 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!
I’m not left-handed but I am dying to take this class! Head over to the site and look at the video, you will see what I mean! Plus… you get TWO free classes if you buy it today?! That’s crazy! And I can’t take it. Darnit. I love bonuses and lettering!!!
“Tired of smudging your hand-lettered designs? Are your upstrokes always shaky? Or how about shredding your brush pen tips? These are all common lefty problems and THIS class will give you all the solutions.”
AFTER TAKING THIS CLASS, YOU’LL KNOW HOW TO:
- Change your mindset from “lefty frustration” to positivity.
- Use Lauren’s tips and techniques to solve the specific challenges you face as a lefty.
- Create four different styles of hand lettering (brush calligraphy, faux calligraphy, pen calligraphy, watercolour brush pen).
The smudging stops here! Enrol in Lettering for Lefties today.
In this class, Krislam is going to teach you the basics of brush lettering so you can make gorgeous cards and craft projects!
This is the type of Brush Lettering that I cannot wait to practice again. Using watercolours is a much cheaper alternative than using expensive brush pens.
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
likeyou see on Instagram!”
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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.
17. 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.
18. 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 (my faves).
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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.
20. 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 ballgame.
I think you should pick Fauxligraphy or Brush Calligraphy and stick with one (for now). You’ll walk away with all the tactics you could possibly need to create stunning hand-lettered artwork. You don’t want to get overwhelmed. Because it will happen. I speak from experience.
Lettering is all about drawing letterforms 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. So the question is now… are you ready start learning how to start hand lettering?