The Beginner’s Guide to Brush Lettering: Part II
Now that you’ve got a better grasp on the how to use your brush pen and the basic strokes of brush lettering in The Beginner’s Guide to Brush Lettering: Part I, let’s dive into how to form letters and words and experimenting with different fonts. (Stick around for the end of the post for a tracing worksheet to help practice writing words!)
Psst – If you want to try a different form of hand lettering, make sure to check out my modern calligraphy tutorials.
Practice Forming Letters and Words
(Just a note: I use the Tombow Dual Brush Pens in this tutorial, but the same properties also apply to other brush pens.)
When you’re ready to start forming letters, I recommend starting with a basic, non-slanted font. You can grab uppercase and lowercase worksheets for a basic font that I created in the worksheet at the bottom of the post. Practice a basic until you’re comfortable and then venture out for other fonts.
Practice is key here.
Practice Connecting Letters
This is probably one of the trickiest things to do in brush lettering. Don’t be afraid to pick up your marker or go back and fill in or touch up some lines. The key to connecting your letters is in the “tail” that connects them (there may be a technical term, but I’m using my Kindergarten Teacher language). Make the tails long enough that other letters can connect. Make your lines thin, flowing upward to connect to the next letter. I often lift up my marker completely after I have made the tail and start the next letter in isolation, making sure it intersects with the tail.
The video below illustrates visually how to form and connect letters:
Practice Variations of Your Font and Try New Ones
To learn about new ways to experiment with fonts and add interest to your lettering, check out the video below:
As you saw in the video, you can also change the feel of a font by small alterations. Check out this pin to find some ideas how you can change a font by altering things like size, height, slant, and spacing.
I already had a few fonts that I like and am comfortable with from calligraphy, but if you don’t, seek inspiration from Pinterest or Instagram. Find fonts that you like and try to mimic the letters. Start with isolated letters, then transition to words. Go through the alphabet, write unconnected words, or try writing a full page of one letter in different styles.
If you’d like practice with forming letters, grab the free brush lettering worksheets below.
Here’s how they look after a little practice:
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