I’m so excited to begin sharing with you guys my journey into hand lettering and how I found my own style and avenue to use it. This is the beginning of a fun series that will happen once a week so be on the lookout!
Truth. I was really bad at calligraphy and I had no patience for it. I hated the nib and splattered ink everywhere all the time. I took classes, tried different techniques, nothing worked. And then I realized, wait a minute; I don’t have to letter the same way everyone else does. Calligraphy is not for everyone and that’s totally ok.
Later, I found brush lettering and fell in love with the aquash brush. It’s amazing. I also looked at my own handwriting and started playing with my letters and variations. Guys, you don’t have to be a professional hand letterer (is that a word?) to have pretty envelopes or handwriting. And you don’t have to know calligraphy to do some sweet hand lettering for your own projects.
Here are some ways to start discovering your own style and lettering:
- Start playing with letters that go above and below the line such as Y and G. How can you do your’s differently?
- How do you cross your T’s and dot your I’s? Find unique ways to do this. Maybe cross your T over the whole word. This is the beginning of creating flourishes.
- Practice with different brushes and pens. Your tools matter. I can’t letter the same way with a pencil that I do with a brush pen. My two favorites for starting out are the Aquash Brush and the Tombow. I especially love the Tombow Duel Brush Pen for doing envelopes.
- Practice, Practice, Practice. I played around for about a year before I started selling products with my hand lettering on them. Practice makes perfect. Get a sketch book and start filling it. Letter everyday.
- Believe in your own uniqueness. Don’t worry if your handlettering doesn’t look like the professionals. Just go for it and give it a try. Pay attention and see what makes your handwriting style unique.
The key is to start and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Hand lettering is really fun and a beautiful art form. So just like you learn to pain, learn to letter. I believe in you!
Be on the lookout for more blog posts about developing your own hand lettering style coming soon!