If you haven’t seen the details for our Hand Lettering Workshop, you need to check that out HERE. We had a lot of fun and learned a lot about hand lettering. I knew everyone would want to practice at home, so I’m putting these up here. If you were not able to attend, I’ll give you a quick overview of hand lettering (although the best way to learn is by seeing it in action, which you can see in my Video Course for Hand Lettering).
What you’ll need:
- Free Hand Lettering Worksheets, for personal use only (download link available below)
- Notebook or Sketch Pad
- Sharpie Markers
- Chipboard or thick paper (to place under the paper, so the Sharpie doesn’t bleed through)
- Blank Cards and Envelopes (for when you’re done practicing)
Practice 1: Write out Your ABC’s
I always tell people to write out their handwriting naturally at first. I do this because I think that your own handwriting will work the best for you. I follow a lot of hand letterers on Instagram and what makes each person unique is that they create a beautiful version of their handwriting. For instance, I love Winnie Jean and All She Wrote Notes. They have beautiful writing, but it’s not like mine…Mine will never look like theirs, and that’s OKAY! Write our your ABC’s see what you like, see what you want to improve, then move on to the next step.
Practice 2: Write Out Phrases
For the workshops, we wrote Love Notes, but you can write out whatever phrase you like. I would advise you to keep it short. Do the same thing as in step one, write it out naturally, see what you want to improve, then keep practicing.
Practice 3: Exaggerate Your Letters
The thing that makes hand lettering look artistic is exaggerating certain traits of your letters. Just try out making your letters taller, slanted, pointed, etc. until you find a style that you like. I like offsetting my letters (so they’re not on the line), and I like elongating my letters. Feel free to combine techniques for the next step.
Don’t be discouraged if your letters aren’t looking exactly how you want them to. It takes practice. I write out a quote EVERY single day. My handwriting didn’t start out like this…don’t compare your beginning with someone else’s middle 🙂
Practice 4: Faux-ligraphy
The thing I like about hand lettering is that I don’t have to have a super steady hand. You’ll write it out with your sharpie, then thicken the down strokes. Every time you’re moving your sharpie down, you’ll thicken that part, then leave the up stroke thin. You can also go back and clean up any rough points. Make sure you taper your downstrokes, so it blends in smoothly. Once again, you can see how I do it more clearly in my Hand Lettering Video Course or purchase the
Practice 5: Ditch the Hand Lettering Worksheets
Start out using practice pages or a sketchpad with no lines. When you think you’re ready, take out some notecards and write someone a special note! Cursive is going to be a lost art soon, so make sure you teach this to your children 🙂
Do you have any questions? Let me know in the comments below!
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