Today I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite ways to practice hand lettering! I also wanted to share with you a free printable worksheet to help you in your handlettering practice! As a beginner or a pro in handlettering, practice time is a great way to grow your handlettering skills or keep them sharp and polished.
Step 1: Warmup Drills
The first way that I love to practice hand lettering is through warmup drills. These are simple basic strokes that help you to practice your thick and thin lines. You can use worksheets for these, but for informal practice it’s totally fine to just draw squiggly lines across your paper!
Step 2: Rainbow Words
The second way that I like to practice handlettering is through something that I’ve seen called “Rainbow Words” on Instagram. Rainbow words are basically when you draw each stroke (not letter, but individual stroke!) with a different color.
For this step, you could choose a set of colors or you could simply switch back and forth between two colors. The reason I love this technique of hand lettering, especially for beginners, is because it really makes you slow down and pay attention to each individual stroke of your letters. If you haven’t heard me say it before, lettering is really just a handful of basic strokes that are combined together to form letters. This type of lettering practice can help you to see those strokes by themselves, which is much less intimidating than an entire letter, word or phrase!
Step 3: Printable Practice Worksheets
I could not write this post without mentioning printable practice worksheets (+ leaving you with a freebie!). I love printable practice worksheets for many reasons, but let me just say that practice worksheets are great even if you are not a beginner! If you haven’t already, you can find them here!
A lot of people ask me how I get my lettering to be so evenly sized and spaced. But to be completely honest, I think a lot of it is the practice worksheets! Here’s the thing: I draw each letter in my practice worksheets by hand using right onto a tablet. I don’t use fonts (aside from typed text) for my script lettering and it takes a long time.
But as I made more and more worksheets, I noticed that my lettering was becoming more and more consistent. The biggest difference was when I created my Simplified Lettering Beginner Bundle. During that time, my lettering improved so much and became a steady and consistent style that I hadn’t had before. (You can even see this if you watch my old videos and compare before and after that worksheet release!) Eventually, I realized that I think I am a product of my own product… so fun!
I think that practicing on top of worksheets can take some of the mind-work out of lettering and allow you to really focus on the details. And those details are what can make your lettering stand out when you go to freehand your work!
So, if you haven’t had a chance to practice your lettering using printable worksheets, I’d encourage you to try! To help you get started, I’m offering you a free printable practice worksheet using one of my favorite lettering phrases! I hope it’s helpful for you in your lettering journey!