Today I’m showing you all you need to know to learn brush lettering for beginners! I will go over basic drills, letter formation, how to connect those tricky letters and the tools I use to practice & create beautiful brush lettering!
Tools for Brush Lettering
There are two ways to learn brush lettering. You can learn using brush pens or you could simply use paintbrushes and watercolors. Both of these techniques are great but they produce very different results, so you should choose your tools according to which style of lettering you like best.
As far as brush pens, I love the Tombow Dual Brush Pens. They are good quality pens and give you thick and thin strokes that are key to brush lettering.
For watercolor lettering, I use a waterbrush instead of your usual paintbrush. I personally use the Pentel Aquash Waterbrush in Medium. If you go with the water brush there are many different options for watercolor paints that can be used with it for lettering. I’m just using a cheap tube of watercolor that I purchased at Walmart and it works just fine!
Techniques for Brush Lettering
I’m not going to give much information on how to hold your pen or brush, as this is different for each person. I believe you should hold it however is natural to you.
The main focus with technique is ensuring you have enough control over the pressure you’re applying, without the control you won’t be able to create those thick and thin strokes. When practicing we want to try and get our up-strokes thin and our down-strokes thick. The best way to get your practice in is through drills.
Once you’ve practiced your drills and are confident in your up and down strokes, you can move on to letter formations. Once you’ve master the usual letter formations (which are really just a series of shapes) your unique style will start to show.
Watch the video tutorial above to get a breakdown of each letter formation or practice with my printable lettering worksheets created for beginners learning to hand letter!
These worksheets have practice drills, letter formation drills for each letter and they even teach you to connect your letters – which is the next step to master!
Connecting your Letters
Connecting your letters is one of the most tricky steps to master for many people. The easiest way for me to connect is by lifting up my pen when I finish any letter within a word.
Often letters start in a way that makes it challenging to follow on from the previous one, so adding an extra “tail” to letters and lifting up before beginning the next letter makes it look more natural.
What it all comes down to is having an eye for what is going to look the most natural and balanced on the page and adjusting you’re lettering accordingly.
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