Watch the video tutorial for Easy and Cheap Hand Lettering for Beginners Using Crayola Markers👇
How To Hold Your Marker
I hold my markers at a slight angle (about 45 degrees – I’m not a mathematician😝). I apply different amounts of pressure based on how thick I want my strokes to be. I usually apply very little pressure for up strokes and more pressure for down strokes. It’s actually less about how you hold your marker or pen and more about the pressure you apply – changing the position of your marker is not going to work out.
I’d begin using these markers by simply practicing some drills for applying the pressure with your marker to get a feel for thin and thicker lines.
How to Practice Forming Your Letters
I use my very own hand lettering printable worksheets to practice my lettering formation for calligraphy. They have one page per letter with arrows showing the letter formation.
These are not brush lettering markers made for calligraphy so they do work slightly differently than a Tombow Long Tipped Pen. There are times when I find that I need to rotate my pen when I notice the markers tip has angled from all the pressure, so just keep that in mind while practicing.
How Big Should I Write?
You may need to write slightly larger with these markers than when using a smaller brush pen. The tips of these markers are larger so when forming your letters you may find you need more space to transition your up strokes.
This is truly hand lettering for beginners while using Crayola calligraphy that can be easily created with cheap supplies and lots of practice. Watch more Hand Lettering tutorials here or practice your hand lettering with my printable worksheets.