While it certainly is true that to become better at hand lettering and calligraphy you’ll need a TON of practice and some technique, I know that drills and practicing your ABC’s might get a little boring!
While you’ll definitely need to practice, practice, practice there are some fun ways we can incorporate lettering into our other crafts and artistic projects.
I’ve also got loads of printable hand lettering practice sheets. You can check them out here.
Today I’m sharing 10 Fun and Creative Ways to Practice your Hand Lettering 🎉 Watch the YouTube video tutorial below👇
I absolutely LOVE bullet journaling and it’s something I’ve shared quite a few times on my channel, too. There are only so many quotes a girl can hand lettering and since I was running out I thought this was a great alternative to get me practicing!
Use your hand lettering in your titles, use different writing styles or fonts and make it your own.
The Bible Journal that I use and love is the She Reads Truth Bible which actually comes with some beautiful art and hand lettering in it. I personally love using the space on the side to add some creativity and art when a verse stands out to me.
Get creative by adding extra paper or incorporating watercolors – you can find lots of Bible journaling inspiration on Pinterest or Instagram.
Using my hand lettering to makes cards is so great because it actually has a purpose and is useful. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to just be throwing away everything I create or have tons of notebooks full of lettering that I’m never going to look at 😂
Check out YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram for some creative and artistic card making tutorials.
One of my goals for the past year was to memorize more scripture – its a lot harder to memorize as an adult than when I was younger! I started writing them out over and over again to memorize them and thought lettering it would be the perfect way to practice my skills. This might be one of my favorite ways to practice!
If you have something you’re trying to memorize, practicing your hand letter to rewrite it a great way to accomplish two tasks at once.
Get super creative with it or keep it simple like me and just use the hand lettering.
I honestly don’t know how the post office would react to a ton of art on the envelope so if you try it out, be sure to let me know.
Studying and Note Taking
I’m not in school anymore but I can definitely say I’m a VERY visual person. So back in the day I’d make a pretty header, list all of my bullet points or whatever I needed to know for the topic
I’d just use the small Pentel Pen for something like this. Keeping it simple when studying is definitely helpful and you won’t have as much time to study if you’re taking forever to write out your notes!
Planner and Calendar Decor
In this video, I used the Val Marie Paper Prayer Calendar with the small Pentel Touch Pen to fill it in. You could totally get creative with every one of these tasks and make it super special, I just personally like practicing the basics when I do it.
If you’re someone who loves keeping memories on paper then incorporating your lettering into this craft is a great way to practice.
Gift Wrap and Tag Art
I absolutely love this one and feel that having the skill of hand lettering gives you a unique ability to create something that many people pay a lot of money for – and you’re able to create a personalized version!
I like to use brush pens and embossing on simple craft paper for my gift wrap and tags. So fun and simple!
Chalk art was actually one of the first ways I got into creative hand lettering and faux calligraphy. You can create some really fun looks using actual chalk or even chalk markers. The bonus is that when you’re done or if you mess up, you can simple erase and start over.
And there you have it! I hope you found some new, creative ways to practice your hand lettering and build that muscle memory so that it gets easier for you. Check out my YouTube channel for my hand lettering tutorials or follow along on Instagram to get your daily dose of lettering inspiration.